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 about the major page that includes the 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 equipped for positions in academic institutions, treatment centers, and biomedical laboratories.
Outstanding Graduate Behavioral Neuroscience Program 2019
Mitchell Bishop ’19
Congratulations to Mitchell Bishop ’19, the Behavioral Neuroscience Program’s Outstanding Graduate from the school year 2018-2019. To find out what Mitchell is working on post-graduation, please continue reading. “Following graduation I received the NIH Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award, and joined the Neuron-Glia Signaling and Circuits Unit in the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Our lab is investigating neural and glial interactions involved in control of motor behavior, such as respiration and vocalization, in mammals! I’m excited for this opportunity to develop myself in every step of the scientific process: from experimental design to analysis and dissemination. Thank you to all the faculty that continue to give new researchers like myself opportunities to grow, in and out of the classroom. And to new undergraduate researchers in the Behavioral Neuroscience Program, seize those opportunities; you never know where an agar plate full of worms can take you!” -Mitchell Bishop
BNS 195- Foundations of Behavioral Neuroscience
September 16th-20th, 2019
Viking Launch is designed to provide incoming freshmen a strong, focused start-up to college life at Western. Research demonstrates that freshmen are most apt to succeed when they are socially and academically integrated within a campus community, when they are prepared and ready for their courses, and when they attend classes with an eye to their future goals and plans. Viking Launch is designed to help students successfully achieve these advantages before fall classes begin.
For complete details please visit the Viking Launch website.
BNS 195 Course Details
This course will introduce you to behavioral neuroscience in Western’s state-of-the-art neuroscience research facility, where you will learn about the role that the nervous system plays in normal and abnormal behavior, thought and emotion. (2 credits)
Viking Launch offers incoming freshmen a strong, focused start-up to college life at Western. Students will arrive on campus seven days early for an intensive week of study and preparation for a successful Western Experience.
To read course details for BNS 195 please visit the course details page.
Instructors: Dr. Mike Mana
BNS Program raises over $8,000 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 $8,000 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. That is why the students and faculty of the BNS program “Stayed Up for Student Research” on the eve of Give Day 2019 to fundraise for:
- Undergraduate scholarships
- Paid research opportunities
- Travel to local and national scientific meetings
- Support for Invited Speakers and Symposiums
Dr. Jeff Grimm received a renewal of his NIH grant for $400,000
Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, Jeff Grimm received in April 2019 a renewal of his NIH grant for $400,000 to support his research into the sex differences in the neurobiology of craving. The title for his grant is, “Sex Differences in Reinforcement: Role of Environmental Enrichment and the Orbitofrontal Cortex”. Please read his Western Today interview article titled, Sugar Nation: WWU’s Jeff Grimm working to unravel how the brain feeds addictions and cravings
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.