Neural and Behavioral Sciences
Students may complete a concentration in neural and behavioral sciences within the majors of biology and psychology.
Wendy F. Sternberg, at Haverford College
Peter D. Brodfuehrer, Concentration Adviser for Biology
Kimberly Wright Cassidy
Rebecca Compton, Concentration Adviser for Psychology at Haverford College
Karen F. Greif
Margaret A. Hollyday
Earl Thomas, Concentration Adviser for Psychology
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 their interests 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.
1. Introductory-level work, with lab, outside the major (at least one semester) in psychology and 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
BIOL B202 Neurobiology and Behavior
BIOL B233 Psychobiology of Sex Differences
BIOL B250 Computational Models in the Sciences
BIOL B271 Developmental Biology
BIOL B304 Cell and Molecular Neurobiology
BIOL B313/B314 Integrative Organismal Biology I and II
BIOL B321 Neuroethology
BIOL B326 From Channels to Behavior
BIOL B364 Developmental Neurobiology
Computer Science at Bryn Mawr
CMSC B120 Visualizing Information
CMSC B250 Computational Models in the Sciences
CMSC B325 Computational Linguistics
CMSC B361 Emergence
CMSC B371 Cognitive Science
CMSC B372 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
CMSC B376 Androids: Design & Practice
CMSC B380 Recent Advances in Computer Science
Psychology at Bryn Mawr
PSYC B212 Human Cognition
PSYC B218 Behavioral Neuroscience
PSYC B323 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC B333 Psychobiology of Sex Differences
PSYC B350 Developmental Cognitive Disorders
PSYC B351 Developmental Psychopathology
PSYC B395 Psychopharmacology
PSYC B397 Laboratory Methods in the Brain and Behavioral Sciences
Biology at Haverford
BIOL H309 Molecular Neurobiology (half-semester course)
BIOL H330 Laboratory in NBS: Molecular Development (half-semester course)
BIOL H350 Pattern Formation in the Nervous System (half-semester course)
Note: Two half-semester courses equal one full-semester course
Psychology at Haverford
PSYC H217 Biological Psychology
PSYC H221 Primate Origins of Society
PSYC H240 Psychology of Pain and Pain Inhibition
PSYC H260 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC H250 Biopsychology of Emotion and Personality
PSYC H320 Evolutionary Human Psychology
PSYC H330 Laboratory in NBS: Behavioral Neuroscience (a half-semester course)
PSYC H350 Biopsychology of Stress
PSYC H340 Human Neuropsychology