Walla Walla University Should Offer a Neuroscience Essay

868 WordsJan 20, 20124 Pages
I am a senior in high school at Loma Linda Academy. During the process of deciding which university I am going to attend, Walla Walla University (WWU) has never been near the top of the list due to the fact that it lacks a degree in neuroscience, which is the field I would like to study. Neuroscience is a multidisciplinary study which draws in information and skills from a wide range of fields such as, biology, psychology, chemistry, physics, and philosophy (all of which are programs already established at WWU). What is the mind? Why do people feel emotions? What are the causes of neurological and psychiatric diseases? These are some of the fundamental questions, as stated by the Society of Neuroscience, that can all be answered through the study of neuroscience (About the Society). I believe it will benefit Walla Walla University to offer an undergraduate degree in neuroscience. Competition with sister schools is a concern that is focused on deeply by most universities, and I am sure it is an important topic discussed between you and your associates. There are several Adventist universities that offer neuroscience or pseudo-neuroscience degrees such as, Andrews University, which offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Neuroscience, and Behavioral Neuroscience; La Sierra University, which offers a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience; and Southern Adventist University which offers a Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology. By adding a degree in neuroscience, you will increase WWU’s level of competition with its sister schools. Offering a degree in neuroscience will allow WWU to contribute to the ever growing expansion of the neuroscience community. The neuroscience community has grown explosively over the last half century. As stated by the Society of Neuroscience, “Neuroscience barely existed as a separate discipline in 1969 and the field now

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