The field of neuroscience is the study of the nervous system at different levels of interest – from molecules to cells, networks, the brain and entire body – and through the perspective of different disciplines.
Neuroscience is one of the fastest growing disciplines in all of science, thanks to the continuous advancement in medical technology that is allowing us to learn more about the brain and integrate its function (or dysfunction) with behavior and cognition.
The breakthroughs in neuroscience have led – and will continue to lead – to some of the most important developments in a wide range of fields, such as cognitive sciences, medicine, psychology, law, engineering, education, and public policy.
The Neuroscience B.S. program at EIU is one of only two offered by a public university in Illinois and the only one in the central/southern region of Illinois.
Numerous opportunities exist for neuroscience students to earn credit towards the major and graduation by assisting faculty members in various phases of research including library research, data collection, data entry, and data analyses. Advanced students are encouraged to conduct their own research project under the direction of a neuroscience faculty member.
The Guaranteed Tuition Rate Program ensures your first-year tuition rate at EIU will remain the same for four continuous academic years. Even if tuition costs rise during your time at EIU, yours will not. This plan applies only to tuition; all other expenses, including fees and room/board, may change. Click here for more on the cost to attend EIU.
"My research interest is in memory of space and spatial thinking, along with the neurological bases of these functions. In my lab we address this by examining eye movements during visuo-spatial tasks with an eye-tracking device; furthermore, we use simpler techniques involving behavioral observation of performance in tasks like navigation. I am always happy to include students in my lab – it’s a great learning experience and it provides skills very useful for grad school and the job market."
"My research interests are how to improve teaching and learning in the classroom, particularly with the use of technology. I also am interested in the biological impact of psychological stress. I supervise research projects of undergraduate and graduate students who conduct research on a variety of topics.”
"I loved my experience as a student in the psychology department and the relationships I have formed. The connections I have made with faculty and my fellow psychology majors through my research and academic experiences is beyond what I could have hoped for, in my undergraduate career."Caitlin Garstkiewicz (2014)
"The engaging professors, courses, and unique opportunities for fieldwork prompted me to shift majors and pursue an entirely different career. In fact, the professors encouraged me to enroll in the school psychology graduate program at EIU, and it was one of the best decisions I could have made. I went on to earn my PhD in School Psychology, and I'm now living my dream as an associate professor at the University of Washington, Tacoma.”Laura Feuerborn (1997)
"Small class size promotes a better quality of learning through discussion opportunities with both students and the professor. The psychology faculty at EIU go above and beyond expectations for the success of their students."Katelyn Leid (2016)
"Through the program, I studied and traveled abroad, received hands-on independent study research experience, and established a firm foundation in research and statistical methods which I use daily. I witnessed members of the faculty invest themselves into their students and really care about their long-term success.”Ryan Pezold (2009)