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Undergraduate Neuroscience


“When I found out that Harvard had six different biology concentrations, I felt a bit overwhelmed and even frustrated. In order to narrow down my choices, I shopped MCB 60, SCRB 10, and Neuro 80. All three courses were very interesting in their own way, but I found Neuro 80 to be the most attractive. Since AP Biology barely scratched the surface of neuroscience, the opportunity to study the brain and the nervous system in more depth and detail was too tempting for me to pass up. Fun fact: Harvard is home to the first Neuroscience department in the nation (how cool is that?!). The Neuroscience concentration is super flexible and also helps premed students easily fulfill all course requirements for applying to medical school. Plus, Ryan and Laura are two of the nicest and most helpful advisors that I have met. You can’t go wrong with concentrating in Neuroscience at Harvard.”

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?