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Haverford College

Course Catalog

Neural and Behavioral Sciences: 2009-2010



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, philosophy and physiology. The field of neuroscience emerged as an interdisciplinary approach, combining techniques and perspectives from these disciplines, as well as emerging fields such as computation and cognitive science, 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 available to majors in Psychology or Biology at Haverford or Bryn Mawr. Students must satisfy the requirements of the department in which they major, with appropriate modifications related to the concentration (consult departmental advisors listed below). 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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Professor of Psychology at Bryn Mawr Earl Thomas, Concentration Advisor


At Haverford:
Associate Professor of Psychology Rebecca Compton
Assistant Professor of Biology Andrea Morris, Concentration Advisor
Professor of Psychology Wendy F. Sternberg, Concentration Advisor

At Bryn Mawr College:
Associate Professor of Computer Science Douglas Blank
Professor of Biology Peter D. Brodfuehrer, Concentration Advisor
Professor of Biology Karen F. Greif
Professor of Biology Paul Grobstein
Professor of Computer Science Deepak Kumar
Professor of Psychology Leslie Rescorla
Associate Professor of Psychology Anjali Thapar

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    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).

    Requirements 1 and 2 must be completed before the senior year.

    3. Three courses in neural and behavioral sciences (from the list below or approved by the student’s major department), two of which must be from outside the major department.
    4. Senior Seminar for concentrators (BIOL 396, PSYC 396 at Bryn Mawr).
    5. Two semesters of senior research, in a manner that is consistent with the requirements of the major department.

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Note—Not all courses are offered in a given year.

    B201 Learning Theory and Behavior
    B209 Abnormal Psychology
    B212 Human Cognition
    H213 Memory and Cognition
    H220 Psychology of Time
    H238 Psychology of Language
    H240 Psychology of Pain and Pain Inhibition
    H250 Biopsych of Emotion and Personality
    H260 Cognitive Neuroscience
    B323 Cognitive Neuroscience
    B350 Developmental Cognitive Disorders
    B351 Developmental Psychopathology
    H370 Neuroscience of Mental Illness
    B395 Psychopharmacology

    H187 Computing Across the Sciences
    B244 Behavioral Endocrinology
    B250 Computational Models in the Sciences
    B271 Developmental Biology
    H302 Cell Architecture*
    B303 Animal Physiology
    B304 Cell and Molecular Neurobiology
    H306 Inter and Intra Cellular Communication*
    H309 Molecular Neurobiology*
    H312 Development and Evolution*
    B313/314 Integrative Organismal Biology I and II
    B321 Neuroethology
    B322 From Channels to Behavior
    H330 Laboratory in Neural and Behavioral Science: Molecular Development*
    H350 Pattern Formation in the Nervous System*
    B364 Developmental Neurobiology

    *half-credit courses


    B120 Visualizing Information
    B250 Computational Models in the Sciences
    B325 Computational Linguistics
    B361 Emergence
    B371 Cognitive Science
    B372 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
    B376 Androids: Design and Practice
    B380 Developmental Robotics

    H113 Introduction to Syntax
    H114 Introduction to Semantics
    H245 Phonetics and Phonology

    H106 The Philosophy of Consciousness and the Problem of Embodiment
    H251 Philosophy of Mind


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