Charles A. Weaver III, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Welcome to the Baylor University Department of Psychology & Neuroscience. This is a vibrant and busy department, with approximately 750 undergraduate majors, 50 or more doctoral students, and nearly two dozen full-time faculty. We are housed in the Baylor Science Building (BSB), one of the most outstanding facilities in the country. We also have several labs in the Baylor Tower (801 Washington Ave., downtown Waco), which also houses the Psychology Clinic. Whether thinking about joining us as an undergraduate or graduate student, I would encourage you to explore the BSB link in more detail and you'll find a truly exceptional facility, one characterized by the finest instructional and laboratory space, all indicative of Baylor's unwavering commitment to the best in science education.
The Department boasts a nationally ranked Psy.D. program in clinical psychology, one of only two nationally. We offer a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology as well as one of the nation's oldest undergraduate degree programs in Neuroscience. Our Ph.D. Program in Psychology offers tracks in Behavioral Neuroscience, Social Psychology, and General Experimental Psychology. Departmental staff are dedicated, accessible and motivated to help students. Please stop by and see us in the Baylor Sciences Building, B309.
Our departmental mission statement: Consistent with the Goals articulated in Baylor University’s Pro Futuris and the College of Arts and Science’s ASpire, the mission of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience is to provide exceptional educational experiences for both graduate and undergraduate students. We strive to produce students skilled in critical thinking about behavior, informed about underlying neural mechanisms, and able to respond to others with understanding and compassion, always informed by science.
Therefore, the department:
• Engages with students through traditional classroom experiences like lectures and seminars;
• Provides a thorough grounding in science and the scientific method in all areas of psychology and neuroscience;
• Provides a core grounding in research methods, statistics, and writing;
• Encourages faculty/student collaborations at all levels, and encourages faculty/student publication and presentation of those collaborations;
• Facilitates the opportunity for exceptional students to gain clinical experience through supervised clinical volunteer activities;
• Encourages all students to become curious and critical life-long learners; and,
• Models the highest standards of professional and ethical behavioral in a caring and Christian environment.
Charles A. Weaver III, Ph.D., Department of Psychology and Neuroscience