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2022-2023 Westminster College Catalog 
2022-2023 Westminster College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Neuroscience, B.S.

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Neuroscience Mission Statement
The mission of the neuroscience program is to provide a curriculum reflective of contemporary psychology and biology, to work cooperatively with the college in providing students with the skills intrinsic to a liberal arts education, and to provide interdisciplinary experiences to promote inquiry about the neural basis of behavior and cognition. Our curriculum trains students to understand this information and to contribute actively to the quest.

Scientific inquiry is the core that links all efforts in the discipline of psychology and, consequently, it is the core of our curriculum. All students receive a general introductory overview of psychology and biology, a basic course in research methodology, and are required to do a thesis project.

The skills intrinsic to a liberal arts education are expressed in the college’s mission statement. Our program contributes to this mission by formally training our majors intensively in critical thinking and oral and written communication skills in all courses in our program, and very explicitly so in our introductory, research methods, and capstone courses. Our internship program affords opportunities for our students to learn from and serve in a wide variety of social contexts. Our program actively supports the College mission by being a major contributor to the content and the design of the first-year program.

We endeavor to produce graduates who manifest a lifetime of productivity by providing guidance to graduate and professional training programs and maintaining a network of alumni support for our graduates.

Learning Outcomes (Based on APA Guidelines 2.0)

  1. Students are conversant with multiple neuroscientific content areas as understood through a historical, sociocultural, and global context.
  2. Students develop skills to find, evaluate, and use neuroscientific knowledge.
  3. Students are able to reason scientifically, applying appropriate research design and quantitative methods.
  4. Students are able to use technology appropriately and responsibly.
  5. Students communicate effectively using appropriate style in written and verbal reports of research and psychology applications.
  6. Students are able to link core scientific principles to areas of application.
  7. Students use both convergent and divergent thinking in problem-solving tasks.
  8. Students practice the ethics of psychology in professional and interpersonal settings.
  9. Students collaboratively develop research interests that extend the knowledge base of neuroscience.
  10. Those we educate through our curriculum become active and responsible students of psychology in community and world settings.
  11. Students are able to establish creative linkages between psychology and other knowledge domains.
  12. Students recognize competencies, seek opportunities for self-improvement, and actively engage in making strategic choices regarding academic and career goals.


Neuroscience majors who are in the All-College Honors Program must have at least a 3.5 average in three or more courses in the neuroscience curriculum to enter honors research. There are also opportunities for a more extensive capstone project through our Research Scholars Program.

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