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Neuroscience

Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field that seeks to understand the functions and diseases of the nervous system. It draws on knowledge from neurobiology as well as elements of psychology and cognitive science, and mathematical and physical principles involved in modeling neural systems. Through the Neuroscience concentration, students develop foundational knowledge through courses in biology, chemistry, and mathematics as well as three core courses in neuroscience. They are also required to develop facility with research methodologies (through courses in statistics and laboratory methods) before moving into specific topics in the field (e.g., visual physiology, neurochemistry and behavior, and synaptic transmission and plasticity). Members of the Neuroscience faculty are affiliated with the Brown Institute for Brain Science, a multidisciplinary program that promotes collaborative research about the brain. Prospective concentrators should contact Elyse_Netto@brown.edu in order to have a faculty advisor assigned to them.

Standard program for the Sc.B. degree

The concentration combines a general science background with a number of specific courses devoted to the cellular, molecular, and integrative functions of the nervous system. The concentration allows considerable flexibility for students to tailor a program to their individual interests. Elective courses focus on a variety of areas including molecular mechanisms, cellular function, sensory and motor systems, neuropharmacology, learning and memory, animal behavior, cognitive function, bioengineering, theoretical neuroscience and computer modeling. 

The concentration in neuroscience leads to an Sc.B. degree. The following background courses, or their equivalent, are required for the degree:

Background Courses:
MATH 0090Introductory Calculus, Part I1
MATH 0100Introductory Calculus, Part II1
PHYS 0030Basic Physics A1
PHYS 0040Basic Physics B1
BIOL 0200The Foundation of Living Systems1
CHEM 0330Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure1
CHEM 0350Organic Chemistry1
Core Concentration Courses:
NEUR 0010The Brain: An Introduction to Neuroscience1
NEUR 1020Principles of Neurobiology1
NEUR 1030Neural Systems1
One critical reading course1
Mechanisms and Meaning of Neural Dynamics
Communication In the Brain: What We Know and How We Know It
Developmental Neurobiology
Independent Study
The Moral Brain
The Craving Mind
1930/40 Topics in Neuroscience
One statistics course1
Essentials of Data Analysis
Principles of Biostatistics and Data Analysis
Principles of Biostatistics and Data Analysis
Essential Statistics
Statistical Inference I
Statistical Methods
Introductory Statistics for Social Research
Introductory Statistics for Education Research and Policy Analysis
Statistical Analysis of Biological Data
One lab method1
Introduction to Computational Neuroscience
Experimental Neurobiology
Big Data Neuroscience Lab
Structure of the Nervous System
Neural Computation in Learning and Decision-Making
Neuropharmacology and Synaptic Transmission
Computational Neuroscience
Independent Study
Sleep and Chronobiology Research
Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Theory and Practice
Neural Modeling Laboratory
Computational Cognitive Neuroscience
Principles of Physiology
Comparative Biology of the Vertebrates
Four electives related to neuroscience 14
Four courses that will enhance your understanding of the field of neuroscience. While electives need not be from the neuroscience department, the following list are common courses taught by Neuroscience and other departments that are often used as electives. We encourage students to explore the broader course catalog and consult with their concentration advisor to explore the full range of electives, rather than limiting themselves to this list:
Biology of Hearing
Introduction to Computational Neuroscience
Introduction to Neurogenetics
Mechanisms and Meaning of Neural Dynamics
Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
Developmental Neurobiology
Experimental Neurobiology
Big Data Neuroscience Lab
Experimental Neurobiology
Big Data Neuroscience Lab
Structure of the Nervous System
Neural Computation in Learning and Decision-Making
Neuropharmacology and Synaptic Transmission
The Diseased Brain: Mechanisms of Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders
Independent Study
Statistical Neuroscience
All NEUR 1930/1940 Seminar Course
Introduction to Sleep
Memory and the Brain
Laboratory in Genes and Behavior
The Neural Bases of Cognition
Translational Models of Neuropsychiatric Disorder
Cognitive Control Functions of the Prefrontal Cortex
Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Theory and Practice
Computational Cognitive Neuroscience
Affective Neuroscience
The Nature of Attention
Perception, Attention, and Consciousness
Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
The Moral Brain
Cell Physiology and Biophysics
Cell Physiology and Biophysics
Physiological Pharmacology
Neuroengineering
The Craving Mind
Human Genetics and Genomics
Cognitive Neuroscience of Meditation
Total Credits17