Neuroscience is one of the most active areas in modern biology. Neuroscientists investigate the most complex and fascinating object in the universe, the brain: how it evolved, how it develops, and how it gives rise to our thoughts, emotions and memories. Neuroscience is a multidisciplinary field, ranging from studies of the structure and workings of single proteins, to analyses of the whole-brain activity of living animals and people. Not only biologists and psychologists, but also students of engineering, physics, mathematics and computation can apply their knowledge and techniques to understanding the brain. So how can you learn more? The Department of Neurobiology and Behavior offers several options for undergraduates interested in studying neuroscience.
What's it all about?
Students who would like to take a general introduction to neuroscience should consider BIO 208 Cell, Brain and Mind. BIO 208 is a broad survey of neuroscience, suited to any student who has completed at least one college-level biology course.
An in-depth look...
Advanced students with strong science backgrounds may be interested in one of our 300-level courses such as BIO 334 Principles of Neurobiology or BIO 317 Principles of Cellular Signaling. Note that all of our 300-level courses have prerequisite requirements including introductory biology, general chemistry and calculus.
I want to be a neuroscientist! - the Neuroscience Track
Students looking to pursue in depth study of neuroscience should consider the Neuroscience Track in the Biology Major. This is an excellent option for students interested in neuroscience research, graduate study in neuroscience and/or the health care professions. Students electing this option take the following neuroscience / physiology courses in their junior and senior years.
- BIO 334 - Principles of Neurobiology (AMS 332 syllabus)
- BIO 328 - Mammalian Physiology
- BIO 335 - Neurobiology Laboratory
- One Additional Neuroscience Elective (BIO 317, BIO 338 or BIO 339)
Students in the Neuroscience Track must also complete all of the requirements of the Biology Major. To the review the requirements of the Neuroscience Track, please see the graduation checklist.