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Neural and Behavioral Sciences: 2007-2008

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Description

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

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Faculty

COORDINATOR
Associate Professor of Psychology Wendy F. Sternberg

ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Associate Professor of Computer Science at Bryn Mawr Douglas Blank

Professor of Biology at Bryn Mawr Peter D. Brodfuehrer, Concentration Advisor
Associate Professor of Psychology at Bryn Mawr Kimberly Wright Cassidy
Associate Professor of Psychology at Haverford Rebecca Compton (on leave 2007-2008)
Professor of Biology at Bryn Mawr Karen F. Greif
Professor of Biology at Bryn Mawr Paul Grobstein
Associate Professor of Computer Science at Bryn Mawr Deepak Kumar
Associate Professor of Biology at Haverford Andrea Morris, Concentration Advisor
Professor of Psychology at Bryn Mawr Leslie Rescorla
Associate Professor of Psychology at Bryn Mawr Anjali Thapar
Professor of Psychology at Bryn Mawr Earl Thomas, Concentration Advisor

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Requirements

  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 (BIOL 202 at Bryn Mawr), Behavioral Neuroscience (PSYC 218 at Bryn Mawr) or Biological Psychology (PSYC 217 at Haverford).
  3. Two courses in neural and behavioral sciences outside the major (from the list below or approved by the student’s major department).
  4. Requirements 1 and 2 must be completed before the senior year.
  5. One additional course in neural and behavioral sciences from any participating department.
  6. Two semesters of senior research.
  7. Senior Seminar for concentrators (BIOL 396, PSYC 396 at Bryn Mawr).

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Courses

Biology at Bryn Mawr

  • BIOL B202 Neurobiology and Behavior
  • BIOL B250 Computational Models in the Sciences
  • BIOL B271 Developmental Biology
  • BIOL B303 Animal Physiology
  • 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 B361 Emergence
  • 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 B333 Cognitive Neuroscience: 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 H187 Computing Across the Sciences
  • BIOL H306 Inter and Intra Cellular Communication (half-semester course)
  • BIOL H312 Development and Evolution (half-semester course)
  • 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)

Psychology at Haverford

  • PSYC H217 Biological Psychology
  • PSYC H240 Psychology of Pain and Pain Inhibition
  • PSYC H260 Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSYC H250 Biopsychology of Emotion and Personality
  • PSYC H330 Laboratory in NBS: Behavioral Neuroscience (half-semester course)
    Note: Two half-semester courses equal one full-semester course

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