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West Virginia University

Morgantown , West Virginia ,United States

Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience

Neuroscience is a rapidly growing STEM field that focuses on the biology and function of the brain.

A BS in Neuroscience at WVU provides you with a foundation across the broad range of research areas within neuroscience and gives you an appreciation of the nature of neurons, neural networks and how the nervous system takes in sensory information about the external world, compares it with prior knowledge and formulates adaptive behavioral responses.

You can choose from one of two areas of emphasis: behavioral neuroscience or cellular neuroscience.


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Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Many students with a BS in Neuroscience are interested in pursuing a medical degree or an advanced research degree. We provide students with superior training, which makes them highly competitive for medical school or an advanced degree in neuroscience.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts massive growth across the fields of employment for which students with a BS in neuroscience or with a BS plus an advanced degree will be qualified. Specifically, it is predicted that over the next decade the field of neuroscience, will experience a 19% increase in academic jobs (i.e., graduate assistantships, postdoctoral fellowships and professorships).

In addition, significant growth is predicted in the following career fields that students with a BS in Neuroscience will commonly find employment: physical therapy, 28%; lab tech, 10%; medical health services management, 20%; nursing, psychiatric and home health aides that are specifically trained to care for Alzheimer’s and other age-related dementias, 24%; community health, 16%; audiology, 21%; and finally, home health aides and personal care aides generally is expected to grow by 1,208,800 jobs, representing a 41% increase in growth.

Students graduating from WVU with a BS in neuroscience will be competitive for those jobs, or the advanced training programs needed to be competitive for those jobs.

PSW Opportunity

12 to 36 months( OPT duration depends on the major studied) 


Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria


  • Must have at least a 2.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale for general admission.
  • Must meet English Proficiency or request conditional admission and admission to the Intensive English Program (IEP).
  • Please be advised that some Engineering majors may reach capacity and therefore will be restricted from entry.
  • For direct admission to some colleges and majors, SAT or ACT scores are required and must be sent to WVU directly from the respective testing services. Please review the program requirements. For all other majors, international students are encouraged but not required to submit SAT or ACT scores, if available. SAT/ACT scores are useful for determining scholarship eligibility.
  • WVU welcomes applications from students with IGCSE and O-Level Certificates from Cambridge International for admissions consideration. We require a minimum of five subject passes, of which two must be English and Mathematics. The average of the grades must be at least a 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale). A passing grade in the subject of English will be accepted as evidence of sufficient English ability.


  • Must have at least a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale in all college work attempted.
  • Must meet English Proficiency or request conditional admission and admission to the Intensive English Program (IEP).
  • In addition, transfer students who have fewer than 24 transferable credit hours, must also meet freshman admission standards and submit secondary school/high school transcripts. 
  • Some individual programs and majors have different course requirements and higher grade point average requirements; .
  • Grades and credits are transferable for college-level courses from regionally accredited U.S. institutions..

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