The Neuroscience major and minor are rigorous interdisciplinary programs designed to provide a foundation in neuroscience and to allow students to focus their research interests in a variety of levels of nervous system functioning, from the activity of single neurons to the complexity of behavioral systems. Majors distribute their course work across the fields of biology, chemistry, philosophy, physics, and psychology as these disciplines all contribute to the interdisciplinary nature of the brain sciences. 

Beyond the Classroom

Students have a wide array of opportunities for research, internships, conferences, and networking beyond the classroom that give them an advantage to prepare for life after W&J. 

Research and Internships

  • On-campus summer research internships in neuromuscular development, molecular genetics of neurodegeneration, or ion-channel trafficking
  • Off-campus summer research internships with financial support from W&J
  • Network of alumni and colleagues who work with students in summer research internships


  • Health Professions (MD, DO, PA, PT)
  • Research Careers (PhD, MS)
  • Pharmaceutical Industry


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Michael S. Leonard, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry
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Ronald J. Bayline, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of Biology
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William S. Sheers, Ph.D.
Professor of Physics
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Kelly M. Weixel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology; Director, Neuroscience Program
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Lynn A. Wilson, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
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