In Neurobiology, students investigate the biological mechanisms that underlie behavior as well as how brains process information. 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, analyzed, modeled, 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.
In Neurobiology, we offer three tracks:
- Neurobiology Track - deepest focus on biology and neurobiology.
- Mind, Brain, and Behavior Track - interdisciplinary approach to the study of the mind.
- Computational Neuro Track (New 2017) - develop math and CS skills to analyze and model the signals of the brain.