Neuroscience
Offered by the Psychology department.

Memory. Movement. Moods. Our brain and nervous system is responsible for how we think, feel, sense, and perceive—and there’s so much to still discover. That’s why neuroscience is such a fascinating area of study. It entails human biology: the molecules, cells, and genes that allow us to function. And it’s also psychology: learning, cognition, and behavior. Neuroscience also considers neurological and psychiatric conditions and altered states of consciousness. Wheaton’s interdisciplinary neuroscience major offers excellent preparation for post-graduate education.

Programs

Outcomes

100% of Neuroscience majors from the past five years have found employment or attended graduate school *

100%
of Neuroscience majors

Recent Graduates


Sample First Jobs

  • Associate Scientist, ALS Therapy Development Institute
  • Neurology and Neurosurgery Clinical Assistant, Rhode Island Hospital
  • Nursing Assistant, Maine Medical Center
  • Research Assistant, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Scientist, Pfizer


Sample Graduate Schools

  • Dartmouth College
  • Duke University Medical
  • Northeastern University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Vermont Medical School

*outcomes data is based on a knowledge rate of 73% for the classes of 2014-2018

Recent student internships

The Wheaton Edge offers experiences beyond the classroom.

Sydney Murphy

2021, German Studies, Neuroscience

Barbara Frelinghuysen Israel Internship

Atlantis Fellowship, Belgrade, Serbia

I experienced the stress that doctors feel, the importance of education and training and the impact that medical care can have on communities. The program changed my expectation of life after medical school and kindled my passion for providing healthcare to others.

Michaela (Maxie) Zimmerman

2020, Neuroscience

Dan Golden Fellowship

OFF-SEASON Sports & Physical Therapy, North Andover, MA

I learned that physical therapists genuinely care about their patients. They take time out of their day to get to know their patients, and make sure they are improving every visit. Their desire to help people is what I love most about the profession.

Sidney Sipes

2021, Neuroscience

Mars Fellows Career Exploration Fund

Southwick's Zoo, Mendon, MA

This experience brought me closer to learning what I want to do for a career, which is to be a keeper for primates. I would like to further explore my interest in great apes after caring for chimpanzees during this internship.

Anna Lally

2021, Neuroscience, English (minor)

Caroline C. Edwards '70 Current Use Internship Fund

Healey Lab, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Amherst, MA

This experience provided an introduction to the career I hope to have in the field of neuroscience research. The skills I gained will allow me to move forward, not only in my academic work but also in my professional work outside of the classroom.

Aaron Howe

2020, Neuroscience

Wheaton Edge Fellowship

Wheaton College Psychology Department, Professor Lisa Maeng, Norton, MA

I developed a ton of skills that will help me in a future career in research.

Melanie Gardiner

2021, Neuroscience

Nancy Gagnon and Carolyn Sapir Wheaton Fund for Experiential Learning

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum, Bristol, RI

This internship confirmed my true love for research. I suspected before the internship that I wanted to do research as a career, but my summer experience of observational research deepened a true passion within me.

Faculty

Jani Benoit

Professor of Chemistry; Program Coordinator of Environmental Science

Laura Ekstrom

Associate Professor of Biology; Chair, Biology Department

Katherine Eskine

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Meg Kirkpatrick

Associate Professor of Psychology

Kathleen Morgan

Associate Professor of Psychology

Robert L. Morris

Professor of Biology; William & Elsie Prentice Professorship (2015-2020)

Rolf Nelson

Professor of Psychology; Chair, Psychology Department