415 Milbank Hall
Department Administrator: Danielle Feinberg
Program Director: Rae Silver (Helene L. and Mark N. Kaplan Professor, Psychology)
Professors: Peter Balsam (Samuel R. Milbank Professor, Psychology), John Glendinning (Chair, Biological Sciences) Paul Hertz (Acting Provost and Dean of Faculty) Larry B. Heuer (Ann Whitney Olin Professor, Psychology), Robert E. Remez (Psychology)
Assistant Professors: Elizabeth Bauer (Biology), Joshua New (Psychology), Russell Romeo (Psychology Department Representative)
Term Assistant Professor: Kara Pham (Psychology)
Adjunct Associate Professor: E’mett McCaskill (Psychology)
Program Committee: Peter Balsam (Psychology), John Glendinning (Biology), Paul Hertz (Biology), Rae Silver (Psychology), Russell Romeo (Psychology), Elizabeth Bauer (Biology)
The Neuroscience and Behavior major provides a strong background in the neural underpinnings of behavior and cognition. It is intended for students who plan to pursue a research career in neuroscience or a related discipline. Students electing this major are exposed to basic courses in biology, psychology and statistics, and to advanced courses in neuroscience and behavior. Majors must choose one of two areas of concentration. The behavior concentration places greater emphasis on behavioral and systems neuroscience, while the cellular concentration places greater emphasis on cellular and molecular neuroscience.
All majors engage in two semesters of independent research during the senior year while taking the Senior Research Seminar. In the junior year, majors must begin developing a plan for the senior research project. There is a meeting for junior majors during the spring semester to begin this process.
Upon successfully completing the major, students should have the ability to
To elect the major in Neuroscience and Behavior, a student must have completed these courses by the end of the sophomore year with an average grade of B- or better in the four Biology courses, an average grade of B- or better in the three Chemistry courses, and a grade of B- or better in the Psychology course:
BIOL BC 1500 & BC 1501 Introduction to Organismal & Evolutionary with laboratory
BIOL BC 1502 & BC 1503 Introduction to Cell & Molecular Biology with laboratory
CHEM BC 1601 General Chemistry, lecture with laboratory
CHEM BC 3328 Organic Chemistry I, lecture
CHEM BC 3230 Organic Chemistry I, laboratory
PSYC BC 1001 Introduction to Psychology
As an alternative to the Neuroscience and Behavior major, students may pursue an interdisciplinary program by majoring in either Biology or Psychology and taking a minor in the other discipline.
There are no minors in Neuroscience and Behavior.