Frequently Asked Questions
What is Neuroscience and what makes it special?
Neuroscience is the scientific study of the nervous system, making the brain the only organ that studies itself!
What type of training do Neuroscientists have?
Most neuroscientists have an undergraduate degree in neuroscience, biology, chemistry, and/or psychology. Most (62%) professionals working in the field also have a Ph.D. and 23% have an M.D.
Where do Neuroscientists work?
Many work at colleges, universities, biotech companies, pharmaceutical companies, and government labs (such as the National Institute of Health, Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, and the Department of Education). According to the most-recent data available, less than 1% of neuroscientists said they could not find suitable work, and the starting salary is ~$85,000.
What do Neuroscientists do?
Several possible career options are:
- Physicians and Nurses
- Physicians Assistants
- Research Technicians
- Clinical Psychologists
- Rehabilitation Therapists
- Professional research scientists (Ph.D.)
What is unique about the Baldwin Wallace Neuroscience Program?
- Baldwin Wallace University is one of about 40 undergraduate schools in the United States to offer an undergraduate Neuroscience major/degree.
- BW Neuroscience majors also graduate with complementary majors in the more-traditional disciplines, allowing the student to specialize in an area of Neuroscience that is of most interest to them.
- All Neuroscience majors complete a substantial senior thesis project with close mentoring by a BW faculty member.
- BW Neuroscience faculty are active scholars who welcome student collaborators to participate in their ongoing research.
- Neuroscience majors are encouraged (through mentoring and funding) to present their research at professional meetings and/or publish their research in peer-reviewed journals or books.
- Neuroscience education and research is done in a state-of-the art science facility with classrooms and laboratories that take advantage of the most modern technologies. We have recently moved into a new Science Building that has undergone a $29M renovation.
- The opportunities for hands-on research experiences and clinical internships prepare BW students well for medical school, graduate school and other professional school (veterinary sciences, dental school, etc.).
- BW Neuroscience majors have a >95% success rate in admissions to such programs.
- Neuroscience majors and minors are invited to join the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Society (Neuroscience club) and become active in providing a variety of educational experiences for the College and the community.
- Baldwin Wallace University was the first College/University in the United States to earn a charter in Nu Rho Psi, the National Honor Society in Neuroscience. Qualified BW students may be invited for membership in this prestigious society.
What are the goals of the Neuroscience Program?
- To provide students with current information and experiences relevant to an inter-disciplinary science
- To teach students to think beyond single-discipline borders when they attempt to solve scientific problems.
- To encourage students in different disciplines to develop the communicative and social skills required to work together on complex scientific problems.
- To develop skills in the critical analysis of scientific methods and findings.
- To develop skills in the acquisition and presentation of scientific findings.
How many students are involved in the program?
Currently, there are about 70 students majoring in Neuroscience and another 15-20 seeking a minor in Neuroscience. It is the fastest growing major on the Baldwin Wallace University campus.