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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Clinical Neuroscience

Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Major

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Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience

Computational and Systems Neuroscience Major

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Computational and Systems Neuroscience

Experimental Neuroscience Major

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Experimental Neuroscience  

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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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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...