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Neuroscience (NEUR)

Coordinator: B. Hansen

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences (PBS) offers two areas of concentration: Psychological Science and Neuroscience. The capstone for all PBS students is an intensive, senior research experience guided by a faculty member.


Neuroscience is the scientific study of the anatomy and physiology of neurons and neural circuits. The Neuroscience Program at Colgate is one of the first two established at undergraduate institutions in the U.S. It has a particularly strong focus on brain-behavior relationships. Its interdisciplinary faculty are drawn from the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and the Department of Biology. Majors also take courses in the fields of chemistry, computer science, math, philosophy, physics. The program offers students the opportunity to focus their research interests on a variety of levels of nervous system functioning, ranging from the activity of single neurons to the behavior of complex organisms.

Entry to the neuroscience concentration is through NEUR 170 (will be offered in the spring). The curriculum is organized into three sets of courses, namely a common core set of courses and two sets of elective courses, for a total of 11 courses. Upper-level courses range in topical foci, and many are cross-listed with PSYC.

Psychological Science

Please see the psychological science page for more information.