Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences offers a Graduate Program in Neuroscience in conjunction with the Wake Forest School of Medicine Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy

The Neuroscience Program offers a degree tailored for a research career in the study of the brain and the nervous system. The program is based on the idea that neuroscience, broadly conceived, provides a fundamental framework for understanding the biological basis of behavior and the causes of neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Accordingly, our primary goal is to train students to be able to carry out meaningful and significant research in all areas of modern neuroscience, and to give them an appreciation of the importance of characterizing functional organization at all levels, from molecular and cellular structures, to local neural circuits and brain areas, to whole organisms and their behavior. This integrated approach to basic neuroscience research is key for understanding neurobehavioral pathologies and translating this information to the clinic.

Areas and Research

  • Addiction and Substance Abuse
  • Behavioral and Systems Neurobiology
  • Development and Plasticity
  • Molecular Neurobiology
  • Neurological Disease and Aging
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Sensory Neurobiology

Prospective students are encouraged to contact individual neuroscience faculty members to assess a potential advisor's ability to accept a student.

Outreach Programs

Society for Neuroscience – Western NC Chapter
The Western North Carolina Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience is an organization of over 100 neuroscientists dedicated to the study of the brain and brain diseases. We are a chapter of the national Society for Neuroscience that has over 37,000 members. Our chapter is based on the campus of Wake Forest University with affiliate members at UNC Greensboro, UNC Charlotte, Davidson College, Appalachian State University, and Winston Salem State University. We are pleased to welcome new members for sponsorship.

Brain Awareness Council (BAC)
The Brain Awareness Council is a graduate student run organization that hosts a variety of educational outreach events in order to achieve their mission to encourage neuroscience education in the surrounding community and to expand the community’s overall familiarity with basic science research while cultivating a desire for higher learning in students of all ages.

Wake Forest Neuroscience Schedules

Seminar Schedule: 2019 Seminar Schedule (pdf)

Tutorial Schedule: Spring 2019 Tutorial Schedule (pdf)