WVU
Kevin Larkin, Kris Martens and Richard Thomas

WVU to offer new neuroscience major

This year, West Virginia University became the first university in the state to offer an undergraduate neuroscience major. The program, housed in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, is a dual effort between the departments of psychology and biology.

“Before, if there was a West Virginia high school student who wanted to study behavioral neuroscience, there was nothing for them in the state,” said Kevin Larkin, chair of the Department of Psychology. “There are a lot of developing programs in the area, and we wanted to have one available in the state. We have the expertise and the classes already, so it was the next logical step.”

The study of neuroscience seeks to understand how the nervous system functions in health and disease, and it is a rapidly growing field within the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. Neuroscience is a focus area of the Departments of Biology and Psychology as well as in the WVU Health Sciences Center and the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, which offers expanded opportunities for collaboration among the units.

“Students choosing to take part in the new neuroscience major will not only have access to some of the most cutting edge research the university offers, but will be well suited to enter one of the most exciting careers upon graduation,” said Kris Martens, coordinator of the neuroscience major and a teaching assistant professor in the Department of Psychology.

Due to a high level of student interest in the field, the two departments decided to create a full Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience.

“With this collaboration, we’re able to provide neuroscience courses that are taught in psychology and biology by world-class faculty,” said Richard Thomas, chair of the Department of Biology. “The students really get the best of both worlds if they’re interested in neuroscience.”

Students can choose from two areas of emphasis, behavioral neuroscience or cellular neuroscience.

Students will be prepared for a wide range of careers in the biological sciences including medicine, biotechnology and bioengineering, genetics and genomics and other neuroscience-related technical fields in government and private industry.

“I selected neuroscience as my major because as I was looking for colleges to apply to, colleges with this major continuously caught my attention. In the end, I chose WVU because the University provides so many research opportunities thanks to the R1 status,” said freshman Laura May, a Fairmont native. “I am looking forward to this major because the classes required are all topics that I find interesting.”

Another student who decided to add a degree in neuroscience is Virginia Milleson, a Summit Point, West Virginia, native. After learning about Phineas Gage, a man whose personality drastically changed after a serious brain injury, Milleson developed a passion for neuroscience.

“I thought that it was so weird and fascinating, and I have been trying to learn as much as possible about neuroscience ever since,” said Milleson, a sophomore. “I am interested in a career as a clinical neuropsychologist, psychiatrist or a behavioral neuroscientist. My majors are a great combination because they allow me to be adequately prepared to pursue any of these careers.”

The application for admission is available now. Students interested in studying neuroscience can apply at admissions.wvu.edu.

Featured

SHOPS & SERVICES

City seeking proposals for theatre-style seating in Colonial Arts Center

BUCKHANNON – The City of Buckhannon plans to seek bids from seating manufacturers for theatre-style seating in the new Colonial Arts Center. At Buckhannon City Council’s Nov. 17 meeting, Colonial Arts Center Manager Anne Wilson presented a slideshow outlining the […]

Become a premium member to unlock immediate access to this story for our LOWEST PRICE EVER. Signing up is easy — just tap the button below!

Local instrumentalists say invitation to play at The Greenbrier is ‘one of their dreams’ come true

BUCKHANNON – Two local musicians have been invited to perform at The Greenbrier resort for seven days in December. Key to Adam, the musical duo that includes finger-style guitarist Adam Moyer and violinist-fiddler Kiara Williams, was invited to play several […]

Become a premium member to unlock immediate access to this story for our LOWEST PRICE EVER. Signing up is easy — just tap the button below!

SHOPS & SERVICES

Off the Cuff with Eddie Vincent

Here’s the latest episode of the new My Buckhannon member exclusive feature: Off the Cuff with sports editor Duane Carpenter. In this edition, Duane chats with Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School assistant football coach Eddie Vincent, who will also serve as an […]

Become a premium member to unlock immediate access to this story for our LOWEST PRICE EVER. Signing up is easy — just tap the button below!

Soccer Bucs’ Gregory and Auvil named to Second Team All-State

TENNERTON – Buckhannon-Upshur’s Josh Gregory and Dalton Auvil both received honors on the 2022 WVHSSCA Boys Class AAA All-State soccer team. Gregory, a senior defender, and Auvil, a senior keeper, both were named to the Second Team. Gregory led the […]

Become a premium member to unlock immediate access to this story for our LOWEST PRICE EVER. Signing up is easy — just tap the button below!

B-U’s Cale receives All-State Class AAA soccer honors

TENNERTON – Buckhannon-Upshur’s Chloe Cale was the lone Lady Buc to be recognized on the 2022 WVHSSCA Girls Class AAA All-State soccer team. The senior forward was named to the Honorable Mention squad. Cale recently was named to the Big […]

Become a premium member to unlock immediate access to this story for our LOWEST PRICE EVER. Signing up is easy — just tap the button below!

Slone scores 19 but ‘Cats fall at home to FSU, 92-72

BUCKHANNON, WV. – The West Virginia Wesleyan (0-4, 0-2) men’s basketball team fell in a conference versus Fairmont State (4-0, 2-0) on Tuesday (Nov. 22) afternoon at the Rockefeller Center in Buckhannon, WV. WVWC Leaders

SHOPS & SERVICES

11th Annual 5K Turkey Trot held at Belington Wellness Center

BELINGTON — Community sponsors and volunteers came together on Saturday, Nov. 5 to support the Barbour Community Health Association’s eleventh annual Turkey Trot. This event is held each year to raise funds for the Heart

Cars for Kids effort drives $86K to WVU Medicine Children’s

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A month-long fundraising effort by West Virginia auto dealers steered $86,350 in support to WVU Medicine Children’s to aid kids dealing with health challenges.  The second annual Cars for Kids initiative invited participating auto