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Neuroscience Certification Program Information

Neuroscience Certification Program Information

WTAMU Program in Neuroscience

Introduction

Neuroscience is the scientific study of the nervous system. It is an exciting, rapidly expanding field of study, research, and applications that combines knowledge from a variety of areas including medicine, psychology, molecular biology, animal behavior, physiology, anatomy, immunology, genetics, chemistry, pharmacology, engineering, and epidemiology.

As neuroscientists, we answer questions that range from how the brain functions and can it be repaired when it is damaged or diseased to how specific chemicals may impact molecular processes such as gene expression and cell signaling. We apply these questions to develop a greater understanding of how the nervous system normally functions, in addition to how disturbances in normal nerve function can lead to disease. We try to develop methods and instruments to help measure these functions of the nervous system and treatment them when they malfunction.

Our research at West Texas A&M University includes studies on a number of normal and abnormal functions of the nervous system and their treatment. Some research activities that students have been involved in are:

Career Relevance

  • Neurophysiologists
  • Neuroanatomists
  • Neuropharmacologists
  • Psychologists
  • Neurologists
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Speech and Hearing Pathologists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists

A number of career disciplines with a heavy focus or foundation of neuroscience include:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Behavioral neuroscience and psychology
  • Clinical neurology
  • Computational neuroscience
  • Dentistry
  • General medicine
  • Molecular neuroscience and neurophysiology
  • Psychiatry
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Speech and hearing pathology

Biology

  • Rodent chronobiology and neuroendocrinology
  • Restricted Feeding and gastrointestinal rhythms
  • Motility
  • Gene expression
  • Hormone assays

Psychology

  • Global Ischemia
  • Visual Spatial Function
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Motor Learning
  • Attentional Processes
  • Cognitive Processes
  • Decision Making
  • Brain Sectioning
  • Memory
  • Animal Surgery
  • Animal Learning and Memory Paradigms

 


The Neuroscience Certification Program

The intent of this program is to provide certification of students who have taken 18 or more credit hours in neuroscience. Certification in neuroscience on the student’s transcript will indicate that the student has a concentration of courses in neurosciences. Courses available for this certification can include:

BIOL 4340/5340—Neuroscience: Structure and functions of the human nervous system with emphases on functional and clinical aspects. Includes development of central nervous system, blood supply, sensory and motor systems, special senses, pain mechanisms, receptors and reflex pathways.

BIOL 4335—Animal Behavior: Behavior of non-human animals, behavior of vertebrates.

CD 4381—Neural Basis of Communication Disorders: Neuroscience and its application to aspects of normal and disordered communication.

CD 4335—Acquired Speech and Language Disorders: Introduction to acquired speech and language disorders across the life span.

PSYC 3320—Biological Psychology: Physiological mechanisms underlying basis psychological functions.

PSYC 4324—Psychopharmacology: Introduction to the field of psychopharmacology with emphasis on relationships between drugs, their mechanisms of action in the nervous system and human behavior.

PSYC 4325—Human Neuropsychology: Exploration of the relationship between structure and function of the human nervous system and behavior of both normal and impaired individuals.

AND, courses that are custom tailored to satisfy the specific interests of students in neuroscience that are not covered by the formal courses listed above. These include independent study, special topics, problems, and research courses.

 


 

Requirements for licensure and/or certification vary from state to state. Our programs prepare students for licensure and/or certification in the State of Texas. We do not represent that our programs prepare students for licensure and/or certification in other states.

For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Stephen Karaganis
Department of Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences
806-651-3870
skaraganis@wtamu.edu

Dr. Brenda Cross
Department of Communication Disorders
806-651-5109
bcross@wtamu.edu

Dr. Maxine De Butte
Department of Psychology, Sociology and Social Work
806-651-3310
mdebutte@wtamu.edu