Welcome to the Behavioral Neuroscience Program

The mission of the program is to support education, research, and service in Behavioral Neuroscience (BNS) at Western Washington University (WWU). This endeavor began in 2005, with the initiation of an interdisciplinary undergraduate BNS major. Recognizing growing faculty, student, and public interest in this field, the Washington State Legislature provided ongoing support of the WWU BNS Program through the Biomedical Research Activities in Neuroscience (BRAIN) Initiative beginning in 2007.


Recent News

Upcoming Events

Sea-Bel-Van Regional Worm Meeting

The Behavioral Neuroscience Program, Biology & Psychology Department are hosting the Sea-Bel-Van worm meeting conference at Western Washington University! Join us on Saturday, June 3rd from 11am-6pm, for a day devoted to science research conducted on the C. Elegans model organism. The last day to register is May 26th @ 5pm, click the link here to reserve your space today!

Registration link

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Recent Events in the Lives of BNS Alums

The Force is strong with this one!

Welcome the new addition to the BNS Family, Aiden! Aiden is BNS Alum Lucille Zhang’s 9 month baby boy, and what a cutie he is! Congratulations from everyone in BNS

Lucille Zhang graduated in 2013 with a B.A. in Behavioral Neuroscience and is currently a Supply Chain Manager at Microsoft.



Jeff Carroll publishes research with BNS students

Dr. Carroll’s lab published findings from two recent studies, the first study characterized a mouse model of Huntington’s disease, while the second was designed to test the effects of a potential Huntington’s disease therapeutic drug in this model. Several BNS students from Dr. Carroll’s lab provided valuable contributions to help complete these projects. Find out more about Dr. Carroll’s research on his lab website.

Behavioral Neuroscience Program Job Opportunity

The Behavioral Neuroscience Program has a job opening for an Instructor and Classroom Support Technician 3. If you are interested in this job opportunity, apply at the link shared below. Applications review begins April 23rd, position is open until filled.

Instructor and Classroom Support Technician 3

BNS in the news

One of our own faculty members,  Jeff Carroll, is famous! Check out the link below to view a Kiro 7 TV interview featuring Jeff Carroll and his research lab.

Jeff Carroll Interview with Kiro 7 News

Behavioral Neuroscience Scholarships

Congratulations to all of the Behavioral Neuroscience Students who were selected for a scholarship award this academic year! Information about scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year will be available in spring 2017.  Scholarships are made possible through the support of donors from the community, alumni and the WWU Foundation. Thank you to everyone who made these scholarships possible.


Click the link below for more information about other WWU scholarships.

Western Washington University Scholarship Center



Summer 2016

Can you spot the Behavioral Neuroscience graduates? Check out this neat video from the Paul Allen Institute about their recent work on visualizing and mapping the brain. BNS Graduates Twee Nguyen (2013) and Fiona Griffin (2014) make a cameo appearance in the video.


Winter 2015

One of our own faculty members, Jeff Carroll, has recently been featured in Western Window, “The Magazine of Western Washington University,” in an article outlining his life and research. Read this fascinating story of personal development and dedication here.



Learn more about the BNS Program and the associated NeRDS club – as explained by students and faculty: