Neurobio Requirements

** Please Note** Neurobiology has changed its requirements for all current and future students. Changes are in effect, but will be updated in the Handbook when it goes live for 2015-2016.

1) Math. The new requirement is to take two Math/Applied Math/Statistics courses, one of which must be at the level of Math 1b or above. This change allows students more flexibility in which upper-level math/statistics skills they develop, while still ensuring a solid foundation in calculus.

2) MCB 80 + 1 Foundational Course. The new requirement is to take MCB 80 AND any ONE of the following courses: OEB 57, MCB 105, MCB 115, or MCB 125 (new course - adapted from MCB 141 Molecular Neurobiology). Students will then take 2 (MBB) or 3 (Neuro Track) additional upper-level Neuro courses of their choice. (Note: extra Foundational Courses may count towards the upper-level requirement).

Feel free to contact Dr. Draft or Dr. Magnotti with questions.

Go directly to the Student Handbook.

Requirements: 5 half-courses

  1. Life Sciences 1a - OR - Life and Physical Sciences A.
  2. Molecular and Cellular Biology 80: Neurobiology of Behavior
  3. Two advanced half-courses in neurobiology. These courses must be chosen from a list of approved courses. (Approved courses include only those listed in table entitled "Advanced Neuro Electives".)
  4. An additional advanced half-course in neurobiology (i.e., item 3) - OR - one of the following courses (restricted electives):

    • Life Sciences 1b: Genetics, Genomics and Evolution
    • Life Sciences 2: Evolutionary Human Physiology
    • Molecular and Cellular Biology 52: Molecular Biology
    • Molecular and Cellular Biology 54 or 60: Cell Biology
    • Molecular and Cellular Biology 63: Biochemistry
    • Molecular and Cellular Biology 64: Cell Biology
    • Molecular and Cellular Biology 65: Physical Biochemistry
    • Molecular and Cellular Biology 68: Cell Biology through the Microscope
    • Organismic and Evolutionary Biology 57: Animal Behavior
    • Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology 20: Molecular Genetics and Genomics
    • Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology 25: Biochemistry
  • Other Information

Students may take MCB 80 or Life Sciences 1a/LPSA in either order. MCB 80 does not have any college prerequisites and is open to students with high school level training in chemistry and biology. However, students must take both MCB 80 and LS 1a (or LPS A) before enrolling in the advanced neurobiology courses. Only one course from the restricted electives list may be applied to the secondary field. Neurobiology tutorials (Neurobiology 95hf) are considered advanced neurobiology courses. Ordinarily, only one tutorial course may be counted toward the secondary field.

All courses in the secondary field must be taken for a letter grade and students must earn a grade of C- or better in each course. Freshman Seminars may not be included for credit. Ordinarily, Harvard Summer School courses may not count towards secondary field credit. Courses taken through study abroad programs may be counted for credit in the concentration by petition. Courses taken at other Harvard faculties (e.g. Harvard Medical School) may count for the secondary field by petition or if the course is one of the approved advanced neurobiology courses. 

Advising Resources and Expectations

Students pursuing a secondary field in Neurobiology should notify the concentration using the secondary field tool on the Secondary Fields website.

Questions about the secondary field in Neurobiology should be addressed to Dr. Draft.