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Haverford College Course Catalog

Areas of Concentration / Programs: Neural and Behavioral Sciences, 2010-2011



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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Associate Professor of Psychology at Haverford Rebecca Compton


At Haverford:
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 Earl Thomas, Concentration Advisor

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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 Biopsychology 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
B205 Brain, Education and Behavior
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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