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 (82kb PDF).

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


Contact Info:

Program Director
Sunny Boyd

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Nancy Michael

229C Jordan Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556
574-631-2283 office