Neuroscience program

mUndergrad minor

Do you want to learn about the brain?

It has been said that more neuronal connections exist in the human brain than there are known stars in the universe, and that the brain remains the final frontier of human exploration.

UW-La Crosse's Neuroscience Interdisciplinary Minor is a joint program between the departments of Biology, Philosophy, and Psychology, designed to help prepare students to explore that frontier. Although the Psychology Department is the administrative home, the minor integrates expertise across all three core departments and other UWL departments offering elective coursework. A neuroscience minor is ideal for students planning to pursue doctoral training in neuroscience, medicine, psychology, neurology, neuropsychology or philosophy.

What is neuroscience?

A growth field in the sciences over the last four decades, neuroscience has its roots in philosophical questions about life, human nature and thought. While biology and psychology answer aspects of these questions, core philosophical questions — such as the natural relationship of the mind to the brain or of the self to the other — still remain and drive novel research. These questions are at the heart of neuroscience, which is the study of the nervous system — the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nervous system — and its impact on behavior and cognitive function.

Neuroscience jobs

Most of the fields associated with neuroscience require doctorate-level education, but some careers are also available to people with master’s and bachelor’s degrees. Like in many fields, the more practical experience you can get, the more likely it is that you can find a job in your field. Students pursuing the Neuroscience Interdisciplinary Minor who do not go on to graduate training should find internships, part-time jobs, or volunteer experiences that help them find work in a neuroscience-related field.

Entry level careers

  • Laboratory technician
  • EEG technologist
  • Clinical research assistant
  • Science writer

Further education

  • Medicine (MD, DO)
  • Research scientist
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Careers requiring a master’s degree
  • Neural engineer
  • Physician’s assistant
  • Neuroimaging technician
  • Biostatistician

What distinguishes UWL's neuroscience program?

Undergraduate research opportunities

UWL offers opportunities for undergraduate research with faculty who teach in the minor, and it ends with a Capstone Seminar in Neuroscience where students and faculty share their big ideas and excitement for the field.

Choose your path while studying the brain

Love to learn about brain structure and biochemistry? Take electives in Biology. Interested in how brain functioning translates into thoughts and emotions? Take electives in Psychology. Do you want to ask the deep questions about meaning and human experience? Take electives in Philosophy.

Competitive admissions requirements

Graduate programs where a neuroscience minor would be helpful are very competitive. We want our Neuroscience Interdisciplinary Minors to be successful in the applications process, so we have competitive admission requirements for the minor. 

Sample courses