BGSU

Neuroscience

Bachelor of Science
College of Arts and Sciences

Neuroscience represents one of the most vibrant fields of research in science today. As a truly interdisciplinary field, there are few other areas that encompass such a broadly based exchange of ideas.

Throughout the years, research into behavior and its causal forces has diverged rapidly along separate paths (e.g., neurobiology, behavioral ecology, sociobiology, neural networks). Advancing independently of each other, these paths have progressed swiftly on many fronts. A variety of issues, however, have stubbornly resisted the probing with singular approaches. This has led to a gradual rediscovery of the virtues of combining the individual efforts in physiology, anatomy, biochemistry, genetics, cognitive science and computational networks.

BGSU has recognized this trend and built strong programs in behavioral pharmacology, classical ethology, behavioral neuroscience and cognitive science. The formal creation of an interdisciplinary neuroscience program provides a framework for combining the strengths and expertise of individual groups on campus for basic research, teaching and service to the community.

Career Opportunities

Neuroscience graduates will be in a unique position for opportunities within private industry (pharmaceutical companies), graduate school (behavior, neuroscience, medical research) and medical school.

Many students will have the opportunity to pursue careers that are related to human health, from practicing medicine to setting public policy on neural-related diseases. In addition, the food and pharmaceutical industries are seeking students with backgrounds in neuroscience, behavior and molecular biology. Finally, graduates will be able to compete for jobs within the state and federal government in the areas related to health, drugs and behavior.

Special Features

Research opportunities abound for students interested in neuroscience. New faculty members belong to psychology, biological sciences, communication disorders and philosophy departments. Most research laboratories are located in the psychology and life sciences buildings. In research laboratories, students will have the opportunity to use the latest technology in animal surgery, biochemistry, molecular biology, microscopy, image analysis, electrophysiology and behavioral analysis. Current research by faculty members includes neural mechanisms of sensation, emotion, motivation, learning, memory and attention.

Preparation for College

Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU, but only finishing the minimum coursework will leave you unprepared for college. Consider taking four years of mathematics instead of the three that are required. Two, three or even four years of the same foreign language is excellent preparation for college. You will also benefit from competency in computer use. Courses that provide exposure to or training in the visual and performing arts are excellent choices.

For Further Information

Internet Access

BGSU's website for future students contains University highlights, admissions procedures, financial aid information and many department profiles. It can be accessed at www.bgsu.edu.

The University

Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.

NOTE: Information in this guide is subject to change without notice. To learn more about the official program of study for Neuroscience, please check the undergraduate catalog online at www.bgsu.edu/catalog/A_S/A_S68.html.

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