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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. Additional course information is available in the W&J College Catalog.

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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

Neuroscience Faculty

Kelly Weixel, Ph.D. portrait

Program Chair

Kelly M. Weixel, Ph.D.

Office: D-P 205A Degrees: Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; B.S. Saint Francis University Areas of Study Kelly M. Weixel is an assistant professor in the Department of Biology. Her primary teaching responsibilities are Biology 102/102L: General Biology II, Biology 235/235L Animal Physiology, Neuroscience 300/300L Experimental Neuroscience, Biology 412, Experimental Biology: Physiological Regulation of…


Neuroscience Program Downloads

Pre-Health Handbook

Version: 2019

Neuroscience Program Sheet

Version: 2019