Biology: Neurobiology, BA

Neurobiology is one of the most exciting fields within biology today. The basis of neurological disease, molecular mechanisms of brain function, and behavior are major foci of research in medicine, biotechnology, and academia. The Neurobiology Concentration provides fundamental training in brain physiology, coupled with a background in molecular genetics that is essential for understanding the molecular mechanisms of brain function at the gene and protein levels.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 36. Double majors may entail more course units.

With permission from the Undergraduate Chair, two course units away or LPS courses may count toward the Biology major. This limit does not apply to Study Abroad.

For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives19
Major Requirements
Introductory Biology
Select one of the following tracks:2-3
Track 1:
Introduction to Biology - The Molecular Biology of Life
Introductory Molecular Biology Laboratory
Introductory Organismal Biology Lab
Track 2:
Introduction to Biology A
Introduction to Biology B
Physics Requirement
PHYS 102General Physics: Electromagnetism, Optics, and Modern Physics1.5
or PHYS 151 Principles of Physics II: Electromagnetism and Radiation
Chemistry Requirement
Select 3 course units of Chemistry courses3
Math Requirement
Select 2 course units of Math courses2
Required Biology Courses
BIOL 221Molecular Biology and Genetics1
BIOL 251Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology1.5
Select one of the following:1
Molecular Physiology
Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
Neural Systems and Behavior
Required Biology Courses
Select 2 course units of Cell/Molec/Develop Neurobiology courses2
Select 1 course unit of Systems & Integrative Neurobiology courses1
Research Requirement 2
BIOL 399Independent Study1
BIOL 499Advanced Independent Study1
Total Course Units36

You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.


Students are required to present their research at the annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research in Biology (SURB) poster session, held at the end of the Spring Term.


Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.25 in the Major and the Thesis must be approved by the departmental honors committee.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2017 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.