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.
The Behavioral Neuroscience (BNS) Program administers a Bachelor of Science (BS) major in BNS. This academic curriculum integrates elements of biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and psychology, to study how nervous system structure and function produces normal and abnormal behavior. Students engage in the study of nervous system structure and function at all levels, from molecular/cellular to systems/whole organism. See our student learning objectives and major application page for additional information about the major.
A broad range of elective credits allow BNS majors and their academic advisers to create a curriculum that best meets the student’s future goals. Western Washington University’s Behavioral Neuroscience program prepares individuals to excel in a variety of professional industries. After completing a BS in Behavioral Neuroscience, students often pursue careers in research, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and academia. Regardless of postgraduate ambitions, BNS graduates are well equip for positions in academic institutions, treatment centers, and biomedical laboratories.
BNS Program raises over $12,000 to support undergraduate research
Thank you to everyone who participated in supporting BNS during WWU Give Day! Whether it was through your donation, your time, or even just reading our facebook posts about student research, we appreciate your support! Because of your support, the program was successful in raising over $12,000 as part of WWU Give Day efforts, which will be used to directly support undergraduate research efforts. The BNS program wouldn’t be what it is today without the amazing donors, alumni, faculty, staff, and students that are part of the BNS family, and we are so thankful for your support for undergraduate research.