Neurobiology

The study of the relations between brain and behavior is one of the most exciting frontiers in biology. The neuroscience concentration within the biology major encourages students to take courses covering the cellular and subcellular levels (molecular and genetic properties, cell and membrane physiology, neurochemistry), systemic levels (neuroanatomy, sensory and reflex function, brain disorders), and integrative levels (memory, behavioral genetics, evolution of brain and behavior). 

Students fulfilling the requirements of the Concentration in Neurobiology will receive a note on their official transcript. Also available is an undergraduate major in Neuroscience.

Area Advisor

Area Advisor Area Faculty
Dr. Nina Sherwood, 369 Carl Building
email: ntangs@duke.edu
phone: 919-684-8658
Duke Institute for Brain Sciences: http://www.dibs.duke.edu/education/undergraduate-neuroscience/people. Approval by the area advisor is required for Independent Studies.

Pre/Corequisites

Chemistry

  • CHEM 101DL Core Concepts in Chemistry OR
  • CHEM 110DL Honors Chemistry: Core Concepts in Context OR
  • CHEM 21 General Chemistry Credit

AND

  • CHEM 201DL Organic Chemistry

NOTE: CHEM 202L and CHEM 210DL are also recommended for pre-med, pre-vet, biochem and pharm students.

Math

  • MATH 111L Laboratory Calculus I OR
  • MATH 121 Introductory Calculus I OR
  • MATH 21 Introductory Calculus I OR
  • BOTH MATH 105L/106L Laboratory Calculus and Functions I and II

AND

  • MATH 112L Laboratory Calculus II OR
  • MATH 122L Introductory Calculus II OR
  • MATH 22 Introductory Calculus II OR
  • STA 102 Biostatistics OR STA 101 or above OR
  • BIOLOGY 304 Biological Data Analysis (cannot also count as an elective)

Physics

  • PHYSICS 141L General Physics I OR
  • PHYSICS 151L Introductory Mechanics OR
  • PHYSICS 161L Introductory Experimental Physics I OR
  • PHYSICS 25 (AP credit)

AND

  • PHYSICS 142L General Physics II OR PHYSICS 26 (AP credit)

Biology Major Requirements (11 Courses)

Gateway Courses

Biology Area Requirements

Select 1 course from EACH of the following three areas. Courses listed in more than one area may only be used to meet one area requirement.

Neurobiology Concentration Electives (6 Courses)

  • PSY 106/NEUROSCI 101 or PSY 107/Neurosci 102 Biological Bases of Behavior: Introduction and Survey
  • 3 courses from the following list:
  • 2 courses from the following list:
    • Cell Bio 503 (if Bio 329L not taken above)
    • PSY 257 / NEUROSCI 212 / PHILOS 249 Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience
    • PSY 273 / NEUROSCI 363 Behavior and Neurochemistry
    • PSY 274 / NEUROSCI 360 Drugs, Brain, and Behavior
    • PSY 276 / NEUROSCI 211Brain and Behavior
    • PSY 277 / NEUROSCI 277 Looking Inside the Disordered Brain
    • PSY 279 / NEUROSCI 373 Behavioral Neuroimmunology: Brain and Behavior in Health and Disease
    • PSY 302 / NEUROSCI 383 Brain Waves and Cognition
    • PSY 303 / NEUROSCI 382 Functional Neuroimaging
    • PSY 355S / NEUROSCI 355S Visual Perception and the Brain
    • PSY 376S / NEUROSCI 366S Behavioral Neuroendocrinology
    • PSY 461S / NEUROSCI 461S Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
    • PSY 471S / NEUROSCI 471S Reward and Addiction
    • PSY 473S / NEUROSCI 473S The Neurobiology of the Pain System: Its Function and Dysfunctions
    • PSY 681S Genetics and Environment in Abnormal Behavior
    • PSY 684S Hormones, Brain, and Cognition
    • PSY 686S / NEUROSCI 686S Principles of Neuroimmunology
    • NEUROSCI 301L Bioelectricity
    • NEUROSCI 376 / PSY 313 Contemporary Neuroscience Methods
    • NEUROSCI 380L / PSY 375L Functional Anatomy of the Human Brain
    • PHARM 350 / NEUROSCI 350 Pharmacology: Drug Actions and Reactions
    • PHARM 533 / NEUROSCI 533 Essentials of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Lab Experience Requirement

From among the area and elective courses, you must complete 2 full lab courses in addition to the gateway courses BIOLOGY 201L/202L. Courses must be at the 200 level or above. A max of one independent study course may be used to fulfill this requirement.

Capstone Course Requirement

You must take at least 1 full 400-level or higher biology 'Capstone' course or other approved capstone course. Independent study can count towards this requirement if it is a second semester continuation.