The Neurobiology emphasis area focuses on molecular and cellular approaches to elucidate the basic functions 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. 

Students in the Neurobiology emphasis area use molecular, cellular, and genetic approaches to investigate key properties of neurons, neural networks, and the relationships between neuronal function and behavior.

Neurobiology Faculty


In addition to core courses, students choose nine credits of courses from the list below, plus three credits of quantitative courses:

Primary recommended courses

  • 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