Description of Concentration

neuroscienceNeuroscientists explore what is arguably the least understood and most important area of biology: how billions of electrically charged neurons create our rich sensory, emotional, and intellectual life (and no less than all animal behavior!). Neuroscience as a field is interdisciplinary and encompasses many areas of science, including genetics, chemistry, molecular biology, mathematics, cell and systems biology, computer science, and cognitive science. Neuroscientists study every aspect of the brain - from genes to behavior. As such, when you become a neuroscience student you will get broad training as a biologist as well as a new perspective on what it means to be a human.

Learning Objectives

The Neuroscience curriculum includes a series of fundamental courses in the life and applied sciences. In advanced elective courses, students explore specific areas of neuroscience on a range of topics including cells and circuits, physiology, learning and memory, cognitive science, development, genetics, computational modeling, and disease and therapeutics. Students have many opportunities for hands-on laboratory experience and independent research projects to complement and deepen their studies.

Gateway Courses

First year

  • LS1a or LPS A or CS 50 or AM 10 (fall)
  • LS 1b or CS 51 and/or a 'related fields' course (spring)
  • Math or Applied Math
    • Math 1A and Stat for Neurobiology and MBB Track
    • Math 21A and B (or equivalent) for Computational Track

Second year

  • Neuro 80. Neurobiology of Behavior (fall)
  • One of the 'Foundational Courses': Neuro 57 (Behavior), 105 (Circuits), 115 (Neurophysiology), 120 (Computational), or 125 (Molecular)