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 (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 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)


Neuroscience Advising Events