Studying neuroscience at Calvin will prepare you for daring research and discovery in this integrated and evolving field. Calvin’s neuroscience program is an emphasis within three different programs. You’ll fulfill the requirements of your major department and take additional courses from other fields to complete the emphasis.

Cutting edge

Be prepared for the challenge of neuroscientific discovery before you even have a degree. Work side-by-side with professors doing research in numerous facilities on campus.


A multi-faceted science requires a multi-faceted program. Pursue a detailed understanding of neuroscience from multiple fields including psychology, chemistry, physics, biology, philosophy, computer science, and much more.

Deep understanding

Neuroscience is not only the study of mind and brain; it's about the whole person. Calvin’s approach to faith and the sciences will empower you to ask hard questions and discover new answers.

Concentrate on neuroscience in...

Investigate the connections among cognition, behavior, and brain function.

Focus on the chemical sciences to link neurotransmitters, chemicals, and behavior.

Explore genetics, brain structure, and so much more to further inform cognitive theory.

Keep exploring

Career Outcomes
Neuroscience at Calvin

An emphasis in neuroscience will prepare you to work in numerous fields such as:

  • General Medicine
  • Neurosurgery
  • Psychiatry
  • Clinical psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Dentistry
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Psychological therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychobiology
  • Linguistics
  • Biotechnology
  • Education
  • Law
  • Business
  • Philosophy
  • Music
Facilities & Equipment

Calvin boasts 10 research spaces including multi-discipline and collaborative labs perfect for neuroscience research. The university invests $115,000 annually into major instrumentation and equipment so that student research is always at the forefront of the field.

Research and Experience
  • Join with a professor to research brain development and structure, brain responses to emotion, relationships between cerebral hemispheres and humor, neurotransmitters, and much more.
  • Pursue your curiosity by doing work on Grand Rapid’s “Medical Mile.” Work at the Van Andel Institute or intern at any number of medical facilities downtown for integrated, hands-on experience.
  • Design and execute research projects to present at academic conferences or publish in journals.
  • Take advantage of Calvin’s liberal arts curriculum to gain a well-rounded neuroscientific perspective. Take courses in philosophy, computer science, mathematics, physics, speech pathology, and much more.