Frequently Asked Questions
You can request the change of major to Neuroscience by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We suggest that you do that by the end of May. This will allow us to work with you directly during Summer Orientation.
You can change your major during major change windows at the end of each term. Simply request an appointment with a Neuroscience advisor to discuss the process.
We do not have a centralized facility where all Neuroscience faculty and staff are housed (we will in a few years when our building is renovated). However, it is still possible to schedule a visit to check out the classrooms and to meet with our students and faculty to learn about the program. Please email advisor Annie Laib or Sarah Carl with advance notice to set up a visit.
Yes, Biological Sciences students can double major with Neuroscience. Schedule an appointment with an advisor to discuss your plan of study.
Each of the majors is different depending on what career path you wish to enter. For example, Clinical Neuroscience is a good major for those pursuing medical careers. The four majors are established to streamline advising and to help students better focus on an area of interest within the field of Neuroscience. For more information on the majors, see our Curriculum.
Yes, though specific resources vary by course. For non-NEUR courses at the introductory level, the Student Success Center offers tutoring services. For NEUR courses, students should reach out to their professors and/or other students. For general inquiries about on-on-one tutoring services, email email@example.com and an advisor will be able to refer you to Neuroscience tutors.
Many of our faculty are active in research. The best way to find undergraduate research opportunities is to visit our research areas page and come up with a list of faculty you’d be interested in. Students can email these faculty and ask if there are any spots available. Securing a research opportunity is an informal process so seek advice from an advisor if you need help.
The answer depends on what courses you have done in the past year/s. Since every student is different, it is best to consult with an advisor.
Neuroscience and psychology are two very distinct fields. Neuroscience focuses on the nervous system, which can include the brain structure and functions at the molecular and cellular level and how the brain affects behavior, cognition, diseases, and more. Psychology is the study of behavior. Students in the Neuroscience program are required to build a strong mathematical and scientific foundation.
If you are planning to visit Virginia Tech and would like to shadow a Neuroscience student or to speak with one, email firstname.lastname@example.org with advanced notice (at least two weeks before visiting) and we will be able to honor your request.