Researchers collaborating with National Institutes of Health to develop nonopioid drug for chronic pain


The Neuroscience program at Virginia Tech takes a very broad view of Neuroscience considering any interactions that are directed or perceived by the nervous system as Neuroscience. For example, any expression of artistry is generated and perceived by brain circuits, as are emotions, motivation, empathy, passion and compassion. Communications between cells, individual organisms, organismal groups and even societies are governed by brain activity.

Whether a student wishes to pursue Neuroscience research in the future or simply acquire this wealth of knowledge, understanding Neuroscience makes us more competent human beings, and provides us skills to be applied to a multitude of careers in art, music, architecture, urban and community planning, law, finance, policy, politics, health care and many other professions.

Our Curriculum

Students in the School of Neuroscience program learn directly from experts in the field about advances in genetic, cellular, molecular, cognitive and systems Neuroscience.  Choose your major from Clinical Neuroscience, Experimental Neuroscience, Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience, and Computational and Systems Neuroscience.

Clinical Neuroscience Major

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Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Major

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Computational and Systems Neuroscience Major

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Experimental Neuroscience Major

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Current Job Openings

As our growth continues, the School of Neuroscience is currently seeking the following candidates:



Researchers look for link between head injury and epilepsy

Alternative treatments for depression and anxiety

Georgia Hodes talks with Les Sinclair about alternative treatments for depression and anxiety. This was an interview on Oct.8, 2018 with the Charlottesville news radio station News-radio WINA, for the Mental Health Awareness Week.


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Targeting the Body to treat the Brain. Georgia Hodes, Assistant Professor in the School of Neuroscience. Talk at the 2018 Pregame Hokietalks event.

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Students get to experience a brain computer interface by playing Pong. The movement of the paddle is controlled by a software program that measures alpha waves...


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Students in Assistant Professor Ian Kimbrough's neuroscience lab get to learn research skills early in their academic careers. The state-of-the-art equipment they use is often available only to graduate students. This lab helps not only future neuroscientists, but aspiring lawyers and business people, to understand how the human brain functions.

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The School of Neuroscience at Virginia Tech’s Clinical Neuroscience in Practice course is no ordinary class. In class, students receive lectures from residents and attending physicians from Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and get to ask questions and see real-life clinical cases and treatments.

Download Article: Clinical Neuroscience in Practice: An Experiential Learning Course for Undergraduates Offered by Neurosurgeons and Neuroscientists. The Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education (JUNE), Spring 2018, 16(2):A112-A119