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Undergraduate Neuroscience


I initially chose Neurobiology because its name jumped out at me right away and I was interested about the subject! I believe that the study of neuroscience and the brain is an emerging and fascinating field, and the opportunity to study it at an undergraduate level is a fantastic and unique opportunity. Outside of Harvard, I have realized just how rare it is to major in Neurobiology, and whenever I mention my concentration to anyone beyond Harvard, they are often very fascinated with what I am learning. I feel that by graduating with a degree in Neurobiology, I will have a grasp on the cutting-edge research, innovation, and learning surrounding the brain that contributes to the value of my Harvard education.

– Olivia Krusel, 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?