The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Neurobiology program

Information about the neurobiology emphasis area in MCIBS


Image shows an axon terminal at a neuromuscular junction in a Drosophila larvaThe Neurobiology emphasis area of MCIBS focuses on molecular and cellular approaches to elucidate the basic function of neurons and neural networks. Neurons can last a lifetime and have highly complex anatomy and synaptic connections. This presents unique challenges for the development, function and maintenance of nervous systems. MCIBS neurobiologists use molecular, cellular and genetic approaches to investigate key properties of neurons, neural networks, and the relationship between neuronal function and behavior.




In addition to the core MCIBS courses, students choose 9 credits of courses from the list below plus 3 credits of quantitative courses.

Primary recommended courses:nerve net in a sea anemone

  • BIOL 469  (Neurobiology) or NEURO 520 (Cell and Molecular Neuroscience)
  • NEURO 501              Seminars in Neuroscience


Additional recommended courses:

  • BIOL 426                   Developmental Neurobiology
  • BIOL 467                   Molecular Basis of Neurological Diseases
  • BIOL 470                   Functional and Integrative Neuroscience
  • BMMB 541                 Molecular Biology of Animal Development
  • NEURO 512              Comparative Neuroanatomy
  • NEURO 521              Systems Neuroscience
  • Appropriate quantitative course that best matches project, for example statistics or bioinformatics

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