If you want to work in a frontier of science, consider a bachelor of science degree in neuroscience. This interdisciplinary major studies the structure and function of the brain and nervous system with hands-on research opportunities.

Program Snapshot

Program Type Format Credit Hours
Major, Minor On Campus 120 (28 for minor)

Why Study Neuroscience at Wilkes?

Work with expert faculty in state-of-the-art facilities where you鈥檒l put theory into action. As a neuroscience student at Wilkes, you鈥檒l get hands-on experience in research. Immerse yourself in a scientific approach to studying the complex interactions between behavior, cognition and neurological processes. The program specializes in human neuroscience/psychophysiology.

A high-demand degree in neuroscience prepares you for advanced studies in medical school or other health science professions, particularly physical therapy or occupational therapy. Graduate study in neuroscience, psychology or health and life science is also a popular option.

What Will You Learn an a Neuroscience Student?

  • You鈥檒l study the biology of behavior in humans and animals, examining the parts of the central nervous system that impact these psychological events.
  • Explore fundamental mechanisms of diseases and disorders of the brain and central nervous system.
  • Learn how drugs affect cellular function in the nervous system, and the neural mechanisms through which they influence behavior.
  • Develop critical thinking skills, solve problems, and engage in scientific inquiry.

Program Highlights

NeuroTraining and Research Center

Wilkes鈥 unique NeuroTraining and Research Center provides hands-on experience for student interns with helping real clients seeking to enhance academic, athletic and artistic performance, as well as promote better health and well-being by reducing stress. Interns learn to use state-of-the-art neuroscience techniques.

Hands-On Research

All neuroscience majors gain valuable experience conducting research for their senior capstone, which includes a written report and oral presentation. Topics have included pain perception, Alzheimer鈥檚 disease, time perception, memory and exercise.

Crossing Disciplines

Wilkes鈥 Neuroscience program crosses disciplines and draws on faculty from psychology, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics and pharmacy for a well-rounded experience that makes our graduates highly competitive in the field.

Careers & Outcomes

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job market for medical scientists such as neuroscientists is expected to grow 6% from 2019 to 2029, faster than average. A neuroscience degree prepares students to enter medical school or pursue other health science career opportunities. Many students continue on to graduate school, studying neuroscience, health sciences, life sciences, or psychology. Neuroscience graduates aren't limited to health science career paths - they can also explore futures in research and teaching, health policy and advocacy, analytics, or consulting.

Popular Careers

  • Physician
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Neuroscientist
  • Psychologist
  • Neurofeedback Technician
  • Biotechnology Scientist
  • Neurotechnologist
  • Biostatistician
  • Neurosurgeon
  • Psychometrist
  • Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sales

Recent Employers

  • Bristol Myers Squibb
  • The Center LLC
  • Better Health Wellness
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Geisinger Health System
  • New Jersey Institute for Neurofeedback

Graduate Schools

  • Columbia University
  • Drexel University
  • Penn State College of Medicine
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Salus University
  • Temple University - College of Science and Technology
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Southwestern Texas Medical Center

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My professors were always so supportive, and my experience simply wouldn鈥檛 have been the same without them.

Meghan Eller '20 - Neuroscience, Biology and Psychology

I am so thankful for the never-ending support from faculty and administrators and all the amazing opportunities that they have provided for me.

Francesca Warela-Seri '20 - Neuroscience and Psychology