Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system, which can be approached at many levels--from molecules and cells to organisms and their behavior. The interdisciplinary major in neuroscience and behavior at Mount Holyoke is designed for students with integrative interests in biological and psychological science and a passion for scientific exploration. Course requirements provide students with a solid background in both the current findings and modern techniques of biology, chemistry, and psychology, while course electives allow students to explore questions about the nervous system and behavior in greater depth. In keeping with the field as a whole, many students elect to conduct independent research beginning as early as their sophomore year.
Introduction to Neuroscience (NSB 100) is the gateway to the Neuroscience and Behavior major and should be taken by students considering this option. Additionally, completing Biology 200 as well as Chemistry 101 and 201 by the end of the first year positions any prospective major well for entering her second year of study.