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Neural and Behavioral Sciences

Peter D. Brodfuehrer, Coordinator of the Undergraduate Neural and Behavioral Sciences Committee, and Concentration Adviser for Biology
Karen F. Greif
Paul Grobstein (on leave, semester I)
Margaret A. Hollyday
(on leave, 2004-05)
Leslie Rescorla (on leave, semester II)
Earl Thomas, Concentration Adviser for Psychology

Associate Professors:
Kimberly Wright Cassidy
Deepak Kumar (on leave, semester II)
Wendy F. Sternberg, at Haverford College
Anjali Thapar

Assistant Professors:
Douglas Blank (on leave,
Rebecca Compton, at Haverford College, Concentration Adviser for Psychology
Andrea Morris, at Haverford College

The desire to understand human and animal behavior in terms of nervous system structure and function is long standing. Historically, this task has been approached from a variety of disciplines including medicine, biology, psychology and physiology. The field of neuroscience emerged as an interdisciplinary approach, combining techniques and perspectives from these disciplines to yield new insights into the workings of the nervous system and behavior.

The concentration in the neural and behavioral sciences is designed to allow students to pursue a course of studies in behavior and the nervous system across disciplines. The concentration is offered by the Departments of Biology and Psychology at Bryn Mawr and the Departments of Biology and Psychology at Haverford College. Students undertaking the concentration must major in one of these four departments.

The concentration consists of two components. Students must satisfy the requirements of the department in which they major, with appropriate modifications related to the concentration (consult departmental advisers listed above). For the concentration itself, students must take a series of courses that represent the background in the neural and behavioral sciences and other sciences common to all approaches to the nervous system and behavior. All students, regardless of major, must fulfill the requirements of the core program.

Concentration Requirements

1. Introductory-level work, with lab, outside the major (at least one semester) in Psychology or Biology.

2. Core course in Neural and Behavioral Sciences. One of the following three: Neurobiology and Behavior (Biology 202 at Bryn Mawr), Behavioral Neuroscience (Psychology 218 at Bryn Mawr) or Biological Psychology (Psychology 217 at Haverford).

3. One course in Neural and Behavioral Sciences outside the major (from the list below or approved by the student’s major department).

Requirements 1-3 must be completed before the senior year.

4. One additional course in Neural and Behavioral Sciences from any participating department.

5. Two semesters of senior research (Biology 401, Psychology 401 at Bryn Mawr).

6. Senior Seminar for concentrators (Biology 396, Psychology 396 at Bryn Mawr).

Biology at Bryn Mawr
250. Computational Models in the Sciences
271. Developmental Biology
303. Animal Physiology
304. Cell and Molecular Neurobiology
364. Developmental Neurobiology

Computer Science at Bryn Mawr
250. Computational Models in the Sciences
371. Cognitive Science
372. Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
380. Recent Advances in Computer Science

Psychology at Bryn Mawr
212. Human Cognition
218. Behavioral Neuroscience
323. Cognitive Neuroscience
350. Developmental Cognitive Disorders
351. Developmental Psychopathology
395. Psychopharmacology
397. Laboratory Methods in the Brain and Behavioral Sciences

Biology at Haverford
309. Molecular Neurobiology
350. Pattern Formation in the Nervous System

Psychology at Haverford
217. Biological Psychology
220. Psychology of Time
221. Primate Origins of Society
222. Evolutionary Human Psychology
250. Biopsychology of Emotion and Personality
340. Human Neuropsychology
350. Biopsychology of Stress

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