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Neurobiological Sciences

The undergraduate individual interdisciplinary major in the Neurobiological Sciences is designed for undergraduates interested in the biological basis of behavior. The program is intended to provide a flexible, yet comprehensive, educational experience and research training. Concentrations are available in behavioral neurobiology, cellular and molecular neurobiology, and cognitive neuroscience. To maximally benefit from the program, students are encouraged to enter in their sophomore year, but not later than their junior year. The following courses are the required core of the program. In addition, students should take a cross-section of upper level courses tailored to their own specific research interests.

In order to focus their academic work in these various areas, all students are required to carry out a research project under the guidance and supervision of a faculty advisor. The written report of the research will constitute the senior thesis. A list of appropriate faculty and their research areas is available.

Students who may wish to pursue this program should first take PSB 3340 to determine their interest and proficiency in this area. They should next consult with the program director (below) to explore the research experiences available in topics of their interest. The student will typically begin working in the research with their advisor. Depending upon the research project, courses beyond the required core may be necessary. Students may take MDU4003/4004 as electives, but not as part of the core course curriculum.

Students successfully completing the individual interdisciplinary major in Neurobiological Sciences will have the basis to pursue further training leading to a wide range of career opportunities in such fields as basic neurobiology, neurological disorders, human neuropsychology, mental retardation, physical therapy, drug abuse, mental illness and medicine.


Students interested in applying for this program should contact:

Dr. Darragh P. Devine
Director, IDS Major in Neurobiological Sciences, CLAS

For more information on courses and how to apply to the major, visit the Department of Psychology

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