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Explore the neuroscience bachelor's degree program at UW-Eau Claire

Study the brain, nervous system, behavior, communication and how they all work together in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's neuroscience bachelor's degree program.

Our growing, interdisciplinary neuroscience major will immerse you in a rigorous and diverse curriculum. You'll explore courses in biology, psychology, chemistry, music, philosophy, mathematics and communication sciences and disorders. This well-rounded, multi-faceted approach to education is critical, because as rehabilitative techniques for stroke, brain injury and other neurogenic diseases expand, so does the need for professionals who are educated across disciplines and can work collaboratively.

Learning by doing is a large emphasis of the program. Neuroscience majors will be able to conduct research, work with leading healthcare organizations and grow their expertise through exceptional internships. These experiential learning opportunities allow for networking, career exploration and real-world problem-solving.

Upon graduation, you'll have the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in a number of high-demand fields, including academia, medical, pharmaceutical or medical equipment sales.

Carley Owens

Finding a new path

When Carley Owens first came to UW-Eau Claire, she planned to go on to medical school and become a physician. However, the unique opportunities available to her as a Blugold inspired a different path.

"My undergraduate research experiences at UWEC have helped me develop my identity as a scientist," Carley said. "I eventually settled on a new major in neuroscience to combine my love for psychology, biology and medicine."

As an undergraduate, Carley has conducted research in psychology and biology, presented at national conferences, co-authored a book chapter with one of her mentors and completed a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at Mayo Clinic Health System. After graduating from UWEC, Carley will go on to pursue a Ph.D. in neuroscience with hopes to contribute to the medical field.

Why neuroscience at UW-Eau Claire?

Education and mentoring from diverse faculty. During your time at UWEC, you'll learn from biologists, psychologists, mathematicians, musicians, philosophers and speech pathologists. This multidisciplinary approach will surround you with different perspectives and new ways of thinking.

Growth of critical skills. There is an increased need for professionals who understand both basic neuroscience and everyday clinical practice — and can speak to both subjects clearly and effectively. This ability to speak both languages allows all teams to share information and advance new technologies, interventions and outcomes — and is highly valued by employers. 

Conference and networking opportunities. Hear from industry experts, explore ongoing research and meet others in the field at the annual MidBrains Conference. Neuroscience majors attend every year, providing students with incredible learning and networking opportunities.

Fascinating research projects. Collaborations with renowned organizations, including Mayo Clinic, will give you direct access to research work with faculty and experts in the field. Many students choose to present their research at regional and national conferences, allowing for even more networking and growth opportunities.

Endless job possibilities. A strong set of mathematics and statistics classes will prepare you well for a variety of careers. In fact, graduates often leave more prepared in statistics than many Ph.D-prepared neuroscientists! This comprehensive background opens doors to jobs that involve genetics, gene mapping and public access data sets.

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Neuroscience students in the laboratory

Internship program provides incredible learning opportunity

Neuroscience majors Amelia Schneider, Abbey Kastner and Samantha Scaletty are well on their way to success. All three UWEC students recently completed paid summer internships focused on reducing the detrimental impact of drugs and alcohol. 

Working at the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, these three women worked to understand the science behind addiction and alcoholism, looking for answers in patterns, genetic factors and effective treatments. For 10 weeks they attended lectures, participated in professional development sessions and worked alongside experts running various labs and studies. 

"It was a great opportunity to get a firsthand look at the large-scale research that is done on the effects of alcohol," Amelia said. "Alcohol and drugs of abuse are what I intend to study in my future, and now I have day-to-day experience in this career path."

Quick facts

Neuroscience program details
  • Program length: four years 
  • Offered: in person
  • Campus: Eau Claire
  • This major does not require a minor.
  • This program is also available as a minor. 
  • Students majoring in this program may choose either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.
Student organizations
  • Psychology Club
  • Biology Club
  • Women and Gender Minorities in STEM

What can I do with a neuroscience degree from UWEC?

Graduates with a neuroscience degree are in high demand, a trend that is expected to continue, especially as people continue to live longer. Alumni find plenty of opportunities to join the workforce or a clear path to continue their education in graduate or medical school. 

Neuroscience careers

Ashley Walker, a neuroscience major, completed a summer research project with cardiologist Dr. Richard Hanna. Walker was one of three Blugolds who were part of Mayo Clinic’s Undergraduate Research Employment Program.

Mayo Clinic collaboration prompts real-world experience

Mayo Clinic's Undergraduate Research Employment program is just one of the many ways students can earn professional experience while earning their undergraduate degree. 

This groundbreaking, collaborative research program pairs UW-Eau Claire students with experts at Mayo Clinic where they conduct critical research and develop life-changing solutions. Students walk away with real experience, beneficial connections and a better idea of what they can do with their degree.

"Experience is the best thing anyone can have when making a decision about their future, and this program gives me that experience," said neuroscience student Ashley Walker, who recently researched how to better monitor patients on the heart drug Amiodarone. "I'm now more confident in what I will choose to go into in the future."

Neuroscience bachelor’s degree program curriculum

Neuroscience students train in both basic neuroscience and clinical practice, as well as molecular biological science and behavioral sciences, so they know how to work collaboratively with colleagues across disciplines. The program is rooted in experiential learning, providing students with opportunities to gain professional experience both inside and outside the classroom. 

What classes do neuroscience majors take?

Your classes may cover topics like: 

Learn more about the comprehensive neuroscience major in the UWEC course catalog.

Learn more about the neuroscience minor in the UWEC course catalog

Neuroscience majors in research lab

Four years of rewarding research experience

If there's one thing you’ll find at UW-Eau Claire, it’s opportunities to conduct fascinating research. In fact, neuroscience major Samantha Scaletty has co-authored two publications while working as a student researcher during her four years as a Blugold. And having those publications on her resume already is proving to be valuable. 

“I am interviewing for graduate school and having these publications puts me at a level above most other applicants, including those who come from much larger universities,” said Samantha.  

Being immersed in research throughout her undergraduate years helped her feel more connected to the campus community, grow personally and become even more inquisitive. It’s also influenced her decision to earn a Ph.D.  

“I’m much more confident in my ability to think on my feet and rationalize situations on my own. I not only know facts about neuroscience, but I can also ask inquisitive questions about the subject, which is an extremely important skill to have in this field. My research experience here has given me a strong foundation to build upon as I grow as a researcher.”  

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