Note for sophomores (class '19): If you're interested in declaring Neurobiology as your concentration, we require a 30 minute individual meeting before you declare. Contact Dr. Draft to setup a time to meet before Nov. 17th.


In Neurobiology, students investigate the biological mechanisms that underlie behavior. We study the nervous system at every level: from the macroscopic (behavior and cognition) to the microscopic (cells and molecules). Consequently, the questions that neurobiologists ask are wide-ranging: how do electrical and molecular signals allow neurons to process and transmit information from the environment? What guides the development of the immense number of precise connections in the nervous system? How can the complex signals of many thousands of active neurons be recorded and interpreted? What causes the profound behavioral deficits in Alzheimers disease or Autism Spectrum Disorders?

Students who study Neurobiology go on to careers in dozens of different fields (see our careers page): including medicine, research, law, consulting, teaching, media/writing, and much more. The concentration advisors are available to help you find courses that match the skills and knowledge you want to acquire. For example, if you're interested in Computational Neurobiology, the following courses will fulfill Neuro requirements:

  • Math: Math 21a and b (multi-variable and linear algebra),
  • Related Fields: Stats 110 (statistics), CS 50, 51/61 (basic programming)
  • Advanced Neuro Electives: three of the following computational neurobiology courses: MCB 131, 115, 105, Psych 1401, 1452, Physics 141.



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