Neuroscience and Behavior


Neuroscience is a relatively young, exciting, and fundamentally interdisciplinary field devoted to the study of the nervous systems. Problems range from investigation of the evolution of nervous system in basal vertebrates to the application of neuroscience to education and law. Neuroscientists also seek to develop neurologically plausible models of human thinking, affect and behavior.

Neuroscience creates a context for scholarly conversation about the nature of mind, brain, and  behavior. It engages experts in collaboration across diverse fields, including biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, engineering, linguistics, mathematics, medicine, philosophy, physics and psychology. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the major, the curriculum includes flexibility such that it can be customized to best prepare students for a variety of future careers.

Students studying neuroscience will be prepared to pursue professional programs (medical, dental, veterinary, clinical psychology, or other health professions) and graduate programs in areas such as neuroscience, biological sciences or psychology.

Degrees Offered


View the curriculum options for the neuroscience majors: Neuroscience and Behavior Curriculum (107kb PDF).

View a sample curriculum for premedical students (109kb PDF).


Contact Information

NSBH Program Administration

Co-Director, Science: Joseph O’Tousa, Department of Biological Sciences

Co-Director, Arts and Letters: Bradley Gibson, Department of Psychology

Director of Undergraduate Studies: Nancy Michael, Department of Biological Sciences

Additional NSBH Steering Committee Members

Sunny Boyd, Department of Biological Sciences

Robert Rosenbaum, Department of Applied and Computational Math and Statistics

Anre Venter, Department of Psychology

Guangjian Zhang, Department of Psychology