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Undergraduate Neuroscience


Even before arriving at Harvard, I knew that I wanted to learn more about the human brain and behavior. People would ask me why, and all I could tell them was ‘the brain is just amazing’. Today, I completely stand by my response. The brain is amazing, but thanks to Harvard’s unique, informative, brilliantly organized neurobiology concentration, I can finally tell everyone exactly why.

– Bianca Nfonoyim, Neurobiology

In Neuroscience, students investigate the biological mechanisms that underlie behavior as well as how brains process information. We study the nervous system at every level: from the macroscopic (behavior and cognition) to the microscopic (cells and molecules).

Consequently, the questions that neuroscientists ask are wide-ranging: how do electrical and molecular signals allow neurons to process and transmit information from the environment? What guides the development of the immense number of precise connections in the nervous system? How can the complex signals of many thousands of active neurons be recorded and interpreted? What causes the profound behavioral deficits in Alzheimers disease or Autism Spectrum Disorders?

Interested in these kinds of questions?

Ready to explore one of the greatest mysteries of biology?