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Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology Program

The Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology (NBB) major is an interdisciplinary program that provides a unique science background and an excellent foundation for advanced studies in biological and behavioral research as well as medicine. NBB has become one of the "signature" programs of Emory College and has over 400 majors and approximately 100 students each year graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree. The program draws upon the resources, expertise, enthusiasm, and commitment of a diverse faculty, including representatives from biology, psychology, anthropology, chemistry, philosophy, and the School of Medicine. The NBB faculty includes 25 members who have been designated Emory Distinguished Professors by the Office of the Provost and 14 winners of the Emory Williams Teaching Award, Emory University's highest award for excellence in teaching.          

In the NBB program, students can undertake independent laboratory research with Emory faculty, engage in challenging faculty-student interactions, and participate in seminars and special events that often present distinguished guest speakers. Qualified senior NBB majors can participate in the NBB Honors Program and become members of Nu Rho Psi, Emory's neuroscience honor society. NBB majors also have the unique opportunity to study with researchers affiliated with the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Cancer Society, and the Neuroscience Initiative. NBB majors also have the opportunity to be involved in a study abroad exchange program with St Andrews in Scotland. In cooperation with St Andrews, NBB graduates can obtain a master's of philosophy (MPhil) in neuroscience in one year. Other study abroad options include Melbourne University in Australia and summer study in Paris, France where students are able to complete a core class and an elective. 

Faculty

Chair/Director
Paul Lennard
P3621457
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Washington University, 1970
  • PhD, Washington University, 1975

Departments

  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Core Faculty
  • Biology, Core Faculty
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Keith Easterling
P3400808
Senior Lecturer

Education

  • BS, Jacksonville State University, 1988
  • MS, University of Georgia, 1990
  • PhD, University of Georgia, 1993

Department

  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Core Faculty
Core Faculty
Michael Crutcher
P8008170
Lecturer

Education

  • PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 1982

Department

  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Core Faculty
Keith Easterling
P3400808
Senior Lecturer

Education

  • BS, Jacksonville State University, 1988
  • MS, University of Georgia, 1990
  • PhD, University of Georgia, 1993

Department

  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Core Faculty
Kristen Frenzel
P7106370
Senior Lecturer

Education

  • BSc, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1991
  • PhD, Emory University, 2001

Department

  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Core Faculty
Howard Kushner
P4167692
Nat C Robertson Distinguished Professor of Science and Society

Education

  • AB, Rutgers University, 1965
  • None, Cornell Law School, 1966
  • MA, Cornell University, 1968
  • PhD, Cornell University, 1970

Departments

  • Institute of the Liberal Arts, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Core Faculty
Paul Lennard
P3621457
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Washington University, 1970
  • PhD, Washington University, 1975

Departments

  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Core Faculty
  • Biology, Core Faculty
Leah Roesch
P7301889
Lecturer

Education

  • Ph.D., Emory University, 2007
  • BA, Lawrence University, 1999

Department

  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • Genetic and environmental influences on neurodegenerative disease susceptibility.
  • Biological basis of neurological and psychiatric diseases.
  • Processing and trafficking of intercellular proteins.
  • Science education pedagogy and curriculum development.
  • Best practices in undergraduate and graduate student mentoring, advising and professional development.
  • Best practices in supporting and extending undergraduate research experiences.
Deboleena Roy
P1555976
Associate Professor

Education

  • BSc, University of Toronto, 1993
  • MSc, McMaster University, 1996
  • PhD, University of Toronto, 2001

Departments

  • Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Core Faculty
Robert Wyttenbach
P7553056
Senior Lecturer

Education

  • Ph.D., Cornell University, 1995

Department

  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Core Faculty
Associated Faculty
George Armelagos
P2661147
Goodrich C White Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Michigan, 1958
  • MA, University of Colorado, 1963
  • PhD, University of Colorado, 1968

Departments

  • Anthropology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • biological anthropology
  • skeletal biology
  • evolution of diet
  • Mediterranean
  • Africa
Jocelyne Bachevalier
P2444573
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor

Education

  • PhD, University of Paris, 1975
  • PhD, University of Montreal, 1981

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
John Banja
P8335015
Professor, Center for Ethics

Department

  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
Lawrence Barsalou
P5427965
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor

Education

  • BA, University of California, San Diego, 1977
  • PhD, Stanford University, 1981

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
  • Linguistics, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • cognitive psychology
  • human knowledge
Gary Bassell
P1848344
Professor, Emory University School of Medicine

Education

  • PhD, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, 1992

Department

  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
Patricia Bauer
P1153542
Asa Griggs Candler Professor and Senior Associate Dean (Research), Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Education

  • PhD, Miami University, 1985

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • development of memory from infancy through childhood (with emphasis on the determinants of remembering and forgetting)
  • links between social, cognitive, and neural developments and age-related changes in autobiographical or personal memory
Christopher Beck
P7185659
Professor of Pedagogy

Education

  • BS, College of William and Mary, 1993
  • PhD, University of Georgia, 1999

Departments

  • Biology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interest

  • ecology and evolution
Gregory Berns
P1051304
Professor

Education

  • PhD, University of California, Davis, 1990
  • MD, University of California, San Diego, 1994

Departments

  • Economics, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
Patricia Brennan
P8208652
Professor

Education

  • BS, University of Massachusetts, 1986
  • MA, University of Southern California, 1988
  • PhD, University of Southern California, 1992

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • developmental psychopathology
  • conduct disorder
  • depression
Elizabeth Buffalo
P3867921
Associate Professor, Emory University School of Medicine

Education

  • Other, Wellesley College, Wellesley, 1992
  • Other, St. Hilda's College, Oxford University, Oxford, U.K., 1991
  • Other, University of California, San Diego, CA, 1998

Department

  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
Ronald Calabrese
P9158923
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor

Education

  • BS, Cornell University, 1969
  • Other, Stanford University, 1970
  • PhD, Stanford University, 1975

Departments

  • Biology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interest

  • cellular/computational neurobiology
C Monica Capra
P1805634
Associate Professor

Education

  • Other, Pearson College, 1989
  • BA, Franklin and Marshall College, 1992
  • PhD, University of Virginia, 1999

Departments

  • Economics, Core Faculty
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • experimental economics
  • development
Kenneth Carter
P5631108
Associate Professor, Oxford College of Emory University

Department

  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
Frans de Waal
P0665509
Charles Howard Candler Professor of Primate Behavior

Education

  • PhD, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, 1977

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
Henry Edelhauser
P2956585
Professor, Emory University School of Medicine

Education

  • BA, Paterson State College, 1962
  • MA, Michigan State University, 1964
  • PhD, Michigan State University, 1966

Department

  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
David Edwards
P8373731
Charles Howard Candler Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience

Education

  • BA, Reed College, 1964
  • PhD, University of California, Irvine, 1968

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • psychobiology
  • hormones and behavior
Eugene Emory
P3655861
Professor

Education

  • BS, Edward Waters College, 1969
  • MEd, University of Florida, 1973
  • PhD, University of Florida, 1978

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • psychophysiology
  • neuropsychology
  • perinatal brain trauma
  • stress and pregnancy
Shlomit Finkelstein
P5735795
Adjunct Lecturer

Education

  • PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1987

Department

  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
Nicholas Fotion
P4947977
Professor

Education

  • BS, Northwestern University, 1950
  • MA, State University of Iowa, 1953
  • PhD, University of North Carolina, 1957

Departments

  • Philosophy, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • moral philosophy
  • philosophy of language
Harold Gouzoules
P8262409
Professor

Education

  • BS, McGill University, 1970
  • MS, University of Georgia, 1973
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin, 1980

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • animal behavior
  • primate communication
Sarah (Sally) Gouzoules
P2721436
Senior Lecturer

Education

  • BA, University of Texas, 1975
  • MA, University of Chicago, 1977
  • PhD, University of Chicago, 1981

Departments

  • Anthropology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • primate vocal communication
  • evolution of social behavior
  • macaque social behavior and communication
Stephan Hamann
P5541142
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley, 1988
  • MA, University of Toronto, 1990
  • PhD, University of Toronto, 1993

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • explicit and implicit memory
  • emotional perception and memory
  • neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience
  • brain imaging
Benjamin Hampstead
P1659811
Associate Professor, Emory University School of Medicine

Department

  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
Robert Hampton
P4057041
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Macalester College, 1988
  • MA, University of Toronto, 1990
  • PhD, University of Toronto, 1995

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interest

  • neural basis of explicit cognition in nonhuman primates
Linton Hopkins
P0264479
Professor, Emory University School of Medicine

Department

  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
Leonard Howell
P5155093
Professor, Yerkes Primate Research Lab

Department

  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
Dieter Jaeger
P7842173
Professor

Education

  • BS, Tübingen University, 1984
  • PhD, University of Michigan, 1990

Departments

  • Biology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interest

  • computational neuroscience
Heather Kimmel
P6859464
Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine

Department

  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
Melvin Konner
P4834659
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor

Education

  • BA, Brooklyn College, 1966
  • MA, Harvard University, 1967
  • PhD, Harvard University, 1973
  • MD, Harvard University, 1985

Departments

  • Anthropology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • biological anthropology
  • behavioral biology
  • growth and development
  • Africa
Michelle Lampl
P9961183
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Pennsylvania, 1975
  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1983
  • MD, University of Pennsylvania, 1989

Departments

  • Anthropology, Core Faculty
  • Human Health, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • biological anthropology
  • human growth and development
  • biocultural aspects and socialization
  • medical anthropology
  • United States
Allan Levey
P6797946
Professor, Emory University School of Medicine

Education

  • BS, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1978
  • PhD, University of Chicago, 1982
  • MD, University of Chicago, 1984

Department

  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
Richard Levinson
P7007207
Charles Howard Candler Professor of Public Health, Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University

Education

  • BA, University of Connecticut, 1964
  • MA, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1966
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1974

Department

  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • medical sociology
  • public health
Scott Lilienfeld
P8917178
Professor

Education

  • BA, Cornell University, 1982
  • PhD, University of Minnesota, 1990

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • personality disorders
  • psychopathic personality and criminality
  • anxiety disorders
  • psychiatric classification and diagnosis
Robert Liu
P1500815
Associate Professor

Education

  • BS, Stanford University, 1991
  • MS, Stanford University, 1993
  • PhD, Stanford University, 1998

Departments

  • Biology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interest

  • computational neuroscience
David Lynn
P8431314
Asa Griggs Candler Professor

Education

  • AB, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1973
  • PhD, Duke University, 1977

Departments

  • Chemistry, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • molecular evolution
  • chemical biology
  • supramolecular structure and function
  • artificial genomes
Donna Maney
P9572030
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Cornell University, 1989
  • PhD, University of Washington, 1997

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • genetic and neuroendocrine bases of social behavior
  • hormonal modulation of auditory processing
  • environmental regulation of reproductive function
Joseph Manns
P6107140
Assistant Professor

Education

  • Ph.D, University of California, San Diego, 2002

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interest

  • how the hippocampus and associated brain regions participate in the processes that enable our day to day memories
Patricia Marsteller
P0863558
Professor of Practice

Education

  • BS, University of Maryland, 1969
  • MS, University of South Carolina,, 1978
  • PhD, University of Florida, 1985

Departments

  • Biology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • biology education
  • women and minorities in science
Anthony Martin
P1173389
Professor of Practice

Education

  • BS, Saint Joseph's College, 1982
  • MS, Miami University, 1986
  • PhD, University of Georgia, 1991

Departments

  • Environmental Sciences, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • sedimentology
  • ichnology
  • paleoecology
Robert McCauley
P8007879
William Rand Kenan Jr. University Professor

Education

  • BA, Western Michigan University, 1974
  • MA, University of Chicago, 1975
  • PhD, University of Chicago, 1979

Departments

  • Philosophy, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
  • Linguistics, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • philosophy of science
  • cognitive science
  • contemporary epistemology
Christopher Muly
P3536023
Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine

Education

  • PhD, Duke University, 1992
  • MD, Duke University, 1993

Department

  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
Darryl Neill
P6884201
Goodrich C White Professor

Education

  • BS, Florida Presbyterian College, 1967
  • PhD, University of Chicago, 1972

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • drugs and behavior
  • neurotransmitters and behavior
Ilya Nemenman
P3768567
Associate Professor

Education

  • PhD, Princeton University, 2000

Departments

  • Physics, Core Faculty
  • Biology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
Lynne Nygaard
P6428102
Professor

Education

  • BA, Barnard College, 1985
  • PhD, Brown University, 1991

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Linguistics, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • spoken language processing
  • speech perception
Laura Otis
P0713387
Professor

Education

  • BS, Yale University, 1983
  • MA, University of California, San Francisco, 1988
  • MA, Cornell University, 1989
  • PhD, Cornell University, 1991

Departments

  • English, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interest

  • science and literature
Chikako Ozawa-de Silva
P9048388
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Sophia University, 1995
  • MA, University of Essex, 1996
  • DPhil, University of Oxford, 2001

Departments

  • Anthropology, Core Faculty
  • East Asian Studies, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • medical anthropology
  • anthropology of body and mind
  • discourse of selfhood
  • therapies and healing practices
  • suicide
  • psychiatric disorders and meditation
  • religious practices
  • religious experience
  • spirituality
  • Japan
Lisa Parr
P4251226
Asst Research Professor, Yerkes Primate Research Lab

Education

  • PhD, Emory University, 2000

Department

  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
Paul Plotsky
P1388838
Professor, Emory University School of Medicine

Education

  • Other, University of Kansas , 1974
  • PhD, Emory University, 1981

Department

  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
Todd Preuss
P3618162
Associate Professor, Yerkes Primate Research Lab

Education

  • PhD, Yale University, 1990
  • BA, Haverford College, 1980

Department

  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
Astrid Prinz
P8567402
Winship Distinguished Associate Professor

Education

  • PhD, Munich Technical University, Germany, 2000

Departments

  • Biology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interest

  • computational neuroscience
James Rilling
P1646384
Associate Professor

Education

  • BS, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1992
  • MA, Emory University, 1996
  • PhD, Emory University, 1998

Departments

  • Anthropology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
  • Linguistics, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • neuroimaging techniques
  • neurobiological basis of human and non-human primate social cognition and behavior
  • comparative primate neuroanatomy
  • primate brain evolution
  • evolutionary theory
Mark Risjord
P5633360
Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Wisconsin, 1983
  • PhD, University of North Carolina, 1990

Departments

  • Philosophy, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
  • Linguistics, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • philosophy of science
  • philosophy of anthropology
  • philosophy of language
  • logic
  • philosophy of mathematics
Hillary Rodman
P7230873
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Yale University, 1981
  • MA, Princeton University, 1984
  • PhD, Princeton University, 1986

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • psychobiology
  • cognitive neuroscience
  • neural development
Mar Sanchez
P7361793
Associate Professor, Emory University School of Medicine

Education

  • PhD, Complutense University of Madrid , 1994

Department

  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
Krishnankutty Sathian
P6140568
Professor, Emory University School of Medicine

Education

  • None, Loyola College, Madras, India, 1973
  • MD, University of Madras at Christian Medical College, Vellore, India, 1978
  • PhD, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, 1987

Department

  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
Iain Shepherd
P1461218
Associate Professor

Education

  • Ph.D, University of Oxford, 1994
  • BSc (Honors), Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine (London, UK), 1990

Departments

  • Biology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interest

  • developmental biology
Bradd Shore
P0749198
Goodrich C White Professor

Education

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley, 1967
  • MA, University of Chicago, 1971
  • PhD, University of Chicago, 1977

Departments

  • Anthropology, Core Faculty
  • Linguistics, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • symbolic and psychological anthropology
  • Polynesia
  • Oceania
  • United States
Samuel Sober
P4212732
Assistant Professor

Education

  • Ph.D, University of California, San Francisco, 2005
  • BA, Wesleyan University, 1998

Departments

  • Biology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
Amanda Starnes
P4776182
Senior Lecturer

Education

  • BS, James Madison University, 1987
  • Other, University of Georgia, 1991

Departments

  • Biology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interest

  • organismal biology
Donald Stein
P9501014
Asa Griggs Candler Professor, Emory University School of Medicine

Education

  • MA, Michigan State University, 1962
  • PhD, University of Oregon, 1965

Department

  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
Darrell Stokes
P6272562
Professor

Education

  • BA, Bemidji State College, 1964
  • MS, University of Hawaii, 1966
  • PhD, University of Hawaii, 1972

Departments

  • Biology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interest

  • invertebrate physiology
Irwin Waldman
P1000859
Professor

Education

  • BS, Cornell University, 1982
  • PhD, University of Waterloo, 1988

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • developmental psychopathology
  • classification
  • development and etiology of disruptive behavior disorders
  • developmental behavior genetics
Elaine Walker
P7358700
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Education

  • BA, Washington University, 1974
  • PhD, University of Missouri, 1979

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • neurodevelopmental and neuropsychological aspects of major mental disorder
  • stress and adolescent development
Kim Wallen
P5088887
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Neuroendocrinology

Education

  • BA, Antioch College, 1970
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin, 1978

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • hormonal determinants of primate behavior
  • sexual differentiation
Jay Weiss
P9653098
Professor, Emory University School of Medicine

Education

  • PhD, Yale University, 1967
  • BA, Lafayette College, 1962

Department

  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
George Wilmot
P7801668
Associate Professor, Emory University School of Medicine

Department

  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
Phillip Wolff
P1264565
Associate Professor

Education

  • BS, Eastern Mennonite College, 1986
  • MS, Northwestern University, 1993
  • PhD, Northwestern University, 1999

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Linguistics, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • language and cognition
  • causal reasoning and meaning
Paul Wolpe
P4316678
Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Bioethics, Raymond F. Schinazi Distinguished Research Professor of Jewish Bioethics, Director, Center for Ethics

Education

  • BA, University of Pennsylvania, 1979
  • MPhil, Yale University, 1983
  • PhD, Yale University, 1986

Department

  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • The Sociology of Bioethics, Knowledge, and Science
  • Medical Sociology
  • Social Neuroscience and Neuroethics
Carol Worthman
P9050460
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor

Education

  • BA, Pomona College, 1970
  • PhD, Harvard University, 1978

Departments

  • Anthropology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • biological anthropology
  • human reproduction
  • human development
  • biocultural and life history theory
David Wright
P3271901
Associate Professor, Emory University School of Medicine

Department

  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
Stuart Zola
P2391303
Professor and Director, Yerkes Primate Research Lab

Department

  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
Adjunct Faculty
Wendy Newby
P0457981
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education/Director, Faculty Resources for Inclusive Instruction

Department

  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Adjunct Faculty

Courses

Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology 100-Level Courses
NBB 120: From Botox to Behavior
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
SNTL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Using active-learning methods and real-world examples, this course is designed to provide a fuller understanding of how the brain works and how neuronal activity underlies complex human behaviors. We will explore topics like: drug overdoses, Botox injections, sensory systems, emotions and memories.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
300
Additional Course Plus Component
Lab component built into Lecture Course.
NBB 190: Fresh Sem: NBB
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
FSEM
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall, spring. Variable topics of special interest in the field of Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology. Any of these NBB 190 courses will satisfy the new General Education freshman seminar requirement but will not count as an NBB elective.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology 200-Level Courses
NBB 201: Foundations Of Behavior
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ANT 200: Foundations of Behavior
Course Description

This course presents an introduction to evolutionary processes and biological bases of behavior. Lectures and readings will be organized around a developmental and life history perspective and will emphasize the importance of context in biological mechanisms and the interaction of social life, behavior, and cognition. Examples drawn especially from humans and nonhuman primates will be used to place human behavior in the Context of other species and to illustrate the dual inheritance of biology and culture in our species. Topics covered will include evolutionary mechanisms, adaptation, phylogenetic constraints, neural and neuroendocrine mechanisms of behavior, life history theory, developmental programs, principles of allometry, sexual selection and alternative reproductive strategies, social bonds and socialization, and the cognitive bases of social interaction in humans and nonhumans.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
NBB 221: Neuroscience Research Methods
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The focus will be to educate students in the scientific method: generating testable hypotheses, sampling randomization and control techniques. Students will learn the basic statistical vocabulary and tests necessary to read and interpret scientific articles in the field.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
NBB 222: Communication in Neuroscience
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
BIOL 141: Foundations of Modern Biol I
BIOL 142: Foundations of Modern Biol II
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The focus will be to extend basic understandings of the scientific method as a process that actually produces a product. The elements of scientific writing, publication, and presentation are introduced in the classroom.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
NBB 222: Communication in Neuroscience
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
BIOL 141: Foundations of Modern Biol I
BIOL 142: Foundations of Modern Biol II
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The focus will be to extend basic understandings of the scientific method as a process that actually produces a product. The elements of scientific writing, publication, and presentation are introduced in the classroom.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology 300-Level Courses
NBB 300: The Musical Brain
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MUS 309: The Musical Brain
Course Description

No Course Description Available.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
NBB 301: Introduction To Neurobiology
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
SNTL
Pre-Requisites
BIOL 142: Foundations of Modern Biol II
CHEM 141: General Chemistry I W/Lab
CHEM 142: General Chemistry II W/Lab
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
BIOL 360: Introduction To Neurobiology
Course Description

An introduction to cellular and integrative neurobiology. Topics include the electrochemical and biophysical mechanisms for neuronal signaling, synaptic transmission, and the neural bases of behavior and perception. GER Note: When a student completes this course and associated lab course they will have satisfied the requirement for SNTL. Completion of this course will award SNT only. Please note that completion of this course and associate lab only completes one half of the SNT requirement.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
NBB 301L: Neurobiology Simulation Lab
General Information
Credit Hours
2
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
BIOL 141: Foundations of Modern Biol I
BIOL 142: Foundations of Modern Biol II
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
BIOL 360L: Neurobiology Simulation Lab
Course Description

This course will explore topics in cellular and small network neuroscience by performing virtual electrophysiology experiments on the computer. The content of the course matches material covered in Biology 360/NBB 301 and will help students understand neurons and neuronal networks in greater depth. This course should be taken concurrently with, or after, Biology 360/NBB 301. (This course, taken together with Biology 360/NBB 301, meets the upper-level laboratory requirement for the biology major and will count as elective credit for the Biology and NBB majors.) GER Note: When this course and its associated lecture course are completed, students will satisfy the SNTL requirement.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lab
Weekly Contact Minutes
300
NBB 302: Behavioral Neuroscience
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
NBB 301: Introduction To Neurobiology
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
PSYC 353: Behavioral Neuroscience
Course Description

This course presents an integrated coverage of work at the intersection of animal behavior, evolution, and cellular/systems neuroscience. The course surveys the major areas of behavioral neuroscience.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
NBB 317: Human Social Neuroscience
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ANT 317: Human Social Neuroscience
Course Description

Neurobiological substrates supporting human social cognition and behavior. Review and synthesis of relevant research in neuropsychology, psychiatry, neuroimaging, and experimental animal research.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
NBB 321: Behavrl Neuroendocrinology:Sex
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
PSYC 321: Behavrl Neuroendocrinology:Sex
Course Description

Explores hormonal contributions to the development and expression of gender and sexual behavior in animals and human

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
NBB 350: Animal Welfare
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
NBB 358: Cognitive Ethology
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
NBB 361: Project Lab In Neurobiology
General Information
Credit Hours
2
GERs
SNTL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisites: NBB 301 and permission of instructor. A course in experimental neuroscience designed for juniors who may be interested in research. One module stems from the current research linking a single gene, the vasopressin I a receptor, to monogamous behavior in voles. The second module will teach students to handle primary cultures of neurons and glia and to use immunocytochemistry and current imaging techniques to identify cell types and cellular substructures.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lab
Weekly Contact Minutes
300
NBB 361W: Project Lab In Neurobiology
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNLW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisites: NBB 301 and permission of instructor. A course in experimental neuroscience designed for juniors who may be interested in research. One module stems from the current research linking a single gene, the vasopressin I a receptor, to monogamous behavior in voles. The second module will teach students to handle primary cultures of neurons and glia and to use immunocytochemistry and current imaging techniques to identify cell types and cellular substructures.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lab
Weekly Contact Minutes
300
Writing Requirement
Yes
NBB 370: Special Topics in NBB
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Study of variable topics of special interest in neuroscience and behavioral biology. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
NBB 370W: Special Topics in NBB
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Study of variable topics of special interest in neuroscience and behavioral biology. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology 400-Level Courses
NBB 401: Perspectives in Neuroscience & Behavior
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall. Prerequisites: NBB 201, 301, and 302; or permission of instructor. A writing intensive senior seminar utilizing the primary literature to examine current issues, trends, and controversies in the field of neuroscience and behavioral biology. (Satisfies General Education Requirements for post-freshman writing and advanced seminar.)

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
NBB 401W: Perspectives in Neuroscience & Behavior
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
SNTW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall. Prerequisites: NBB 201, 301, and 302; or permission of instructor. A writing intensive senior seminar utilizing the primary literature to examine current issues, trends, and controversies in the field of neuroscience and behavioral biology. (Satisfies General Education Requirements for post-freshman writing and advanced seminar.)

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
NBB 404: Roots of Modern Neuroscience
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course will trace contemporary issues in neuroscience from their origins in classical times through the 19th century and on to new frontiers with emphasis on primary works by the creators of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
NBB 404W: Roots of Modern Neuroscience
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
SNTW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course will trace contemporary issues in neuroscience from their origins in classical times through the 19th century and on to new frontiers with emphasis on primary works by the creators of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
NBB 414: Brain & Cognitive Development
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
PSYC 414: Brain & Cognitive Development
Course Description

The course examines developmental changes in brain function and organization linked to different aspects of sensory, language, and non-language cognitive processes during the first three years of life.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
NBB 424: Medical Neuropathology
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The primary focus of this course will be to provide an overview of the organic foundations of selected neurological disorders. The first part of the course will be an introduction to the functional neuroanatomy of the \

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
NBB 425: Brain Imaging
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
PSYC 425: Brain Imaging
Course Description

Application of imaging technology to the study of brain function and anatomy.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
NBB 426: Drug Development
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The focus will be drug development, namely the process by which a condition to be treated is identified and then medications are developed, tested, and finally distributed to patients.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
NBB 460: Building Brains
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
BIOL 142: Foundations of Modern Biol II
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
BIOL 460: Building Brains
Course Description

Explores our current understanding of the mechanisms that regulate development of the nervous system. Topics covered include neurogenesis, axon guidance, programmed cell death, and synapse formation.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
NBB 470: Special Topics In NBB
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Variable topics of special interest in the field of Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
Select contact minutes
Additional Course Plus Component
Select other structured components
NBB 470W: Special Topics In NBB
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Variable topics of special interest in the field of Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
None
Writing Requirement
Yes
NBB 481: Neuroeconomics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ECON 481: Neuroeconomics
Course Description

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the field of neuroeconomics. Upon completion of the course, students will have a basic understanding of the tools used to study the neurobiology of decision making.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
NBB 482R: Frontiers in Neuroscience
General Information
Credit Hours
1
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This lecture series exposes neuroscience students to the most recent and cutting-edge topics and methods in neuroscience. Students will interact with graduate students and speakers and engage in a post-seminar question and answer session. This course will not fulfill an NBB elective requirement. (S/U only)

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Speaker series
Weekly Contact Minutes
75
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
NBB 490: Clinical Neurology Study
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ECON 481: Neuroeconomics
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Community engaged learning
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
200 - 240
NBB 495A: Honors Research
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall, Spring, Summer. Open to senior NBB majors enrolled in the College Honors Program. Pre/co-requisites: permission of instructor and NBB 221 (without NBB221, no elective credit is given); cannot be taken concurrently with NBB 497WR or NBB 499R. A maximum of four hours of NBB 495A, 495BWR, 497R, 497WR, or 499R accepted as an elective toward the NBB major. Honors research in neurobiology/behavior. Registrants attend weekly meetings to present progress reports of their ongoing research, discuss how to write proposals and papers, and give oral presentations.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Honors seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
50
Scheduled Related Component
Lab
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
350 - 400
Additional Course Plus Component
Directed study component for each student
NBB 495BW: Honors Research
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 8
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall, Spring, Summer. Open to senior NBB majors enrolled in the College Honors Program. Prerequisites: permission of instructor; NBB 221 ((without NBB221, no elective credit is given); NBB 495A (with permission of instructor, may substitute NBB 499R). Cannot be taken concurrently with NBB 499R; may not receive credit for NBB 495BWR and NBB 497WR under the direction of the same faculty mentor. A maximum of four hours of NBB 495A, 495BWR, 497R, 497WR, or 499R accepted as an elective toward the NBB major. Honors research in neurobiology/behavior. Registrants attend weekly meetings to present progress reports of their ongoing research, discuss how to write proposals and papers, and give oral presentations. To receive credit for the course and to satisfy the senior-year writing requirement, a student¿s thesis must be accepted by the Honors Program.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Honors seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Scheduled Related Component
Lab
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
350 - 400
Additional Course Plus Component
Directed study component for each student
Writing Requirement
Yes
NBB 497: Supervised Writing
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall, Spring, Summer. Prerequisite: permission of instructor; cannot be taken concurrently with NBB 497R; may not receive credit for NBB 497WR and 495BWR under the direction of the same faculty mentor. A maximum of four hours of NBB 495A, 495BWR, 497R, 497WR, or 499R accepted as an elective toward the NBB major. Independent, faculty-mentored research and writing, with major writing assignment(s) accounting for at least 60% of the grade.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
200 - 240
Additional Course Plus Component
Directed study component for each student
NBB 497W: Supervised Writing
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall, Spring, Summer. Prerequisite: permission of instructor; cannot be taken concurrently with NBB 497R; may not receive credit for NBB 497WR and 495BWR under the direction of the same faculty mentor. A maximum of four hours of NBB 495A, 495BWR, 497R, 497WR, or 499R accepted as an elective toward the NBB major. Independent, faculty-mentored research and writing, with major writing assignment(s) accounting for at least 60% of the grade.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
200 - 240
Additional Course Plus Component
Directed study component for each student
Writing Requirement
Yes
NBB 498R: Supervised Reading
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall, Spring, Summer. 1-4 hour credit. Prerequisite: permission of instructor; cannot be taken concurrently with NBB 497WR. A maximum of four hours of NBB 495A, 495B, 497R, 497, or 499R accepted as an elective toward the NBB major. Independent, faculty-mentored research; designed as a prelude to conducting laboratory research under the same mentor.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
200 - 240
Additional Course Plus Component
Directed study component for each student
NBB 499R: Undergraduate Research
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall, Spring, Summer. Credit, one to four hours. Up to eight hours may be taken, but a maximum of four hours of NBB 495A, 495BWR, 497R, 497WR, or 499R accepted as an elective toward the NBB major. Prerequisites: permission of instructor; for enrollment in a second semester, NBB 221 ((without NBB221, no elective credit is given); cannot be taken concurrently with NBB 495A, 495BWR, or 497WR. Independent research in neurobiology/behavior. Registrants attend weekly meetings to present progress reports of their ongoing research, discuss how to write proposals and papers, and give oral presentations.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Undergraduate research
Weekly Contact Minutes
50
Scheduled Related Component
Lab
Additional Course Plus Component
Directed study component for each student
Anthropology Electives for NBB
ANT 210: Hum Biol:Life Cycle Approach
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Human biology from conception to senescence, in an evolutionary and cross-cultural context, emphasizing neural and neuroendocrine processes underlying behavior and reproduction. Conception, fetal development, birth, infant growth, puberty, pregnancy, adult sexuality, and aging.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ANT 260: Psychological Anthropology
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Cultural influences on personality development, culture and personality theory, and problems in cross-cultural psychological research.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ANT 301: Sex and Evolution
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Application of principles of evolutionary biology to animal reproductive strategies and their application to modern humans. A review of cross-cultural sexual practices and occurrence of commonalities is included.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ANT 302: Primate Behavior & Ecology
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course surveys the social behavior, behavioral ecology, and adaptations of nonhuman primate species, the extant prosimians, monkeys, and apes. Satisfies the GER, SNT-non lab.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ANT 303: Modern Human Origins
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course will examine the origins of modern humans, their unique cultural abilities, and their relationships to more archaic beings, such as Neanderthals. What makes us human and how we evolved will be explored.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ANT 305: The Human Brain
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course is an upper-level introduction to the basis of complex human behavior in the brain, focused on human brain structure and function. It gives significant attention to brain evolution and comparative neuroanatomy. The overall goal is to master the anatomy underlying higher human capacities, keeping in mind how our brain's evolutionary past can inform our understanding of how the brain works now.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ANT 306: Primate Mating Strategies
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
ANT 302: Primate Behavior & Ecology
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Comparative study of primate mating strategies and sexual behavior.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ANT 307: Human Evolution
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This class aims to integrate data and theory from genetics, geology, and paleoanthropological evidence to trace the evolution of the human species. Opposing theories regarding the interpretation of data will be the focus of student evaluation.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Lab
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ANT 308: Evolution Of Social Behavior
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: Anthropology 201 or Biology 142. Application of evolutionary theory to social behavior of a variety of animals, including humans.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ANT 316: Evolution: Human Brain & Mind
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course is concerned with evaluating neuroscientific, psychological and behavioral evidence of modern human cognitive specializations as well as archeological, paleontological, and comparative evidence of their evolutionary origins.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ANT 317: Human Social Neuroscience
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
NBB 317: Human Social Neuroscience
Course Description

Neurobiological substrates supporting human social cognition and behavior. Review and synthesis of relevant research in neuropsychology, psychiatry, neuroimaging, and experimental animal research.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ANT 333: Disease & Human Behavior
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Biological and cultural adaptations to disease, the role of specific diseases in evolution, social epidemiological patterns related to culture, contemporary issues in disease control, and economic development. Considers a variety of diseases including malaria, tuberculosis, AIDS, diabetes, and depression.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Biology Electives for NBB
BIOL 241: Evolutionary Biology
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

A study of the factors that cause genetic change and of the evolutionary consequences of such changes. Topics include population genetics, adaptation and natural selection, evolution of genes, proteins and genomes, sexual selection, kin selection, speciation, and diversification of taxa. Emphasis on molecular, genetic, ecological, and evolutionary factors related to variation and adaptation to environment, and constraints on adaption.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Recitation or discussion section
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
Additional Course Plus Component
Select other structured components
BIOL 320: Animal Behavior
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
PSYC 320: Animal Behavior
Course Description

Structure and function of animal behavior from a comparative, evolutionary perspective.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
BIOL 325: Primate Social Psychology
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
PSYC 325: Primate Social Psychology
Course Description

Recent progress in the field of primate social behavior, particularly the role of cognition in complex social strategies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
BIOL 336: Human Physiology
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: Biology 142. A study of human physiology emphasizing integrated body functions. Topics include respiration, circulation, contractility, osmoregulation, endocrinology, and neurophysiology.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
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BIOL 348: Mechanisms Of Animal Behavior
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisites: Biology 142. A survey of current topics in neural development and neural basis of behavior. Emphasis is on research work that uses a combination of physiological, genetic, cellular, and molecular techniques to understand neural systems and their evolution and development.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
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BIOL 440: Animal Communication
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
BIOL 142: Foundations of Modern Biol II
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
PSYC 440: Animal Communication
Course Description

Functions, evolution, ecology, and significance of animal communication systems in a wide taxonomic range, from insects to primates.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
BIOL 450: Computational Neuroscience
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisites: Biology 360 or IBS 502 or equivalent. Exploration of single neurons and biological neural networks with computer simulations. Each class consists of an introductory lecture followed by computer tutorials using the GENESIS software under UNIX. Specific topics include passive cable theory, compartmental modeling, voltage-gated and synaptic conductances, motor pattern generation, and cortical networks.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
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BIOL 460: Building Brains
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
BIOL 142: Foundations of Modern Biol II
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
NBB 460: Building Brains
Course Description

Explores our current understanding of the mechanisms that regulate development of the nervous system. Topics covered include neurogenesis, axon guidance, programmed cell death, and synapse formation.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
BIOL 475: Biology Of The Eye
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: Biology 142. A course designed for juniors, seniors, and graduate students who are interested in a basic understanding of the eye. This course will review basic principles and state-of-the-art information on ocular anatomy, embryology, biochemistry, physiology, genetics, immunology, microbiology, pharmacology, and pathology.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
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Psychology Electives for NBB
PSYC 103: Brain & Behavior
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The neurobiology of sex, hunger, thirst, arousal, sleeping, awakening, and the influence of psychoactive drugs on animal and human behavior.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 209: Perception And Action
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Perception of the world through the senses, gathering information about one's surroundings by seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching, and acting.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 215: Cognition
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Theories and research addressing the nature of higher mental processes, including such areas of cognition as categorization, attention, memory, knowledge representation, imagery, psycholinguistics, and problem solving.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 302: Human Learning & Memory
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Research and theory concerning the way information about the world is acquired and remembered.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 303: Evolution Of Acquired Behavior
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The evolutionary basis of learning to adapt to the environment. Detailed analysis of the mechanisms of learning and their evolutionary function.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 309: Brain And Language
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
LING 309: Brain And Language
Course Description

This course examines the relationship between brain mechanisms and language behavior. Topics include aphasia and language disorders, aphasia in the deaf, critical periods in children, and gender differences in brain organization.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 313: Neuropsychology:Child Disabil
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The effects of conditions such as blindness, deafness, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy on information processing behavior and psychological development in children. Complex disorders such as learning disabilities, childhood psychoses, and mental retardation are examined in the light of what has been learned about the simpler disorders.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 320: Animal Behavior
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
BIOL 320: Animal Behavior
Course Description

Structure and function of animal behavior from a comparative, evolutionary perspective.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 321: Behavrl Neuroendocrinology:Sex
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
NBB 321: Behavrl Neuroendocrinology:Sex
Course Description

Explores hormonal contributions to the development and expression of gender and sexual behavior in animals and human

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 322: Biolog Basis/Learning & Memory
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Biological factors influencing learning and memory with attention to the findings from both animal and human research.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 323: Drugs & Behavior
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

A review of the behavioral and neurobiological actions of all the major psychoactive drugs, focusing on how drugs alter behavior by influencing brain mechanisms.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 325: Primate Social Psychology
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
BIOL 325: Primate Social Psychology
Course Description

Recent progress in the field of primate social behavior, particularly the role of cognition in complex social strategies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 350: Behavior Modification
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Use of principles of behavior to enhance human functioning. Application of basic research and theory from experimental psychology to personal, social, and educational problems.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 383: Neuropsychology And Cognition
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Neuropsychological disorders of memory, attention, perception and awareness, and their relation to the brain and to cognitive models of normal function.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 383: Neuropsychology And Cognition
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Neuropsychological disorders of memory, attention, perception and awareness, and their relation to the brain and to cognitive models of normal function.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 410: Sci & Pseudoscience In Psyc
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Critically evaluating pseudoscientific, fringe science, and controversial claims in psychology.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 415: Sleep and Dreaming
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Study of the neural mechanisms and phenomenology of sleep and dreaming in humans and other animals as a basis for discussing implications for behavior, cognition, evolution, and related philosophical issues.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 420: Psychobio Of Visual Perception
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Theories and research about how the brain interacts with mind in generating perceptions.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 425: Brain Imaging
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
NBB 425: Brain Imaging
Course Description

Application of imaging technology to the study of brain function and anatomy.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 440: Animal Communication
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
BIOL 142: Foundations of Modern Biol II
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
BIOL 440: Animal Communication
Course Description

Functions, evolution, ecology, and significance of animal communication systems in a wide taxonomic range from insects to primates.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 474: Sem: Developmental Psychology
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The literature on selected topics related to the development of the young organism, both human and animal.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 475R: Sem:Personality & Social Psych
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Selected issues in personality theory and research.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 476R: Biolog Foundations Of Behavior
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Selected issues in physiological and comparative psychology.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Additional Electives for NBB
ECON 481: Neuroeconomics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
NBB 481: Neuroeconomics
Course Description

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the field of neuroeconomics. Upon completion of the course, students will have a basic understanding of the tools used to study the neurobiology of decision making.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
PHIL 316: Bioethics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course explores the central questions of biomedical ethics, such as end-of-life issues, abortion, and justice in the distribution of health care.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PHIL 482: Topics: Philosophy
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Periodic Speaker series
PHYS 434: Physical Biology
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The course explores physical and statistical constraints on strategies used by biological systems, from bacteria, to large organisms, and to entire populations, to sense external environmental signals, process them, and shape a response

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Supplemental instruction or problem set session
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
Additional Course Plus Component
Other
REL 370: Spec Tops: Rel & Culture
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Aspects of religion in relation to culture, such as theories of ritual, religion and psychoanalysis, feminist critiques of religion and culture, postmodern interpretations of religion. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150

Honors Program

Qualified seniors are encouraged to participate in the Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology Honors Program. Admission to the Honors Program depends upon criteria established by the college and sponsorship by a member of the neuroscience and behavioral biology core faculty. Students must complete NBB 221or NBB 470Clinical Research Practicum and two semesters of undergraduate research NBB 495A (four hours) and NBB 495B (four hours) and attend a biweekly honors seminar. In addition, students are required to enroll in at least one graduate-level course.

See “Honors Program” under the curriculum section of the catalog and consult the department for further details.

For more information, see Honors Program | Academic Policies & Regulations.

Study Abroad

University of St. Andrews, Scotland

Brain StEm (Spring and Fall Courses)

The Emory Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology Program (NBB) and the University of St. Andrews Schools of Biology and Psychology have established a unique type of study abroad exchange program. The "Brain StEm" Program, represents the creation of a true "sister school" relationship between the extremely strong neuroscience and behavioral sciences programs at the two institutions. Emory's NBB Program is one of the largest undergraduate programs in North America with over 300 majors and seventy-five faculty members. The neuroscience program at University of St Andrews is a joint undertaking of the Schools of Biology and Psychology which both recently received top ratings from RAE, the national audit of research quality in UK university departments. What does all this mean for the students?  By implementing "The Institute of Behavioral and Neural Sciences", rather than an a la carte approach to selecting courses, a coherent program of pre-approved courses has been put into place. Overall curriculum and appropriate courses have been evaluated and selected by the faculty of each institution and faculty advisors are in place at Emory and St. Andrews to assist the students participating in "Brain StEm". Here at Emory this translates into a study abroad program that provides pre-approved equivalents for: NBB 301& 401, required core courses; NBB 221, the statistics & experimental design course which is a prerequisite for undergraduate research; and twenty-five University of St. Andrew courses which can serve as electives for the NBB major!

MPhil in NBB (Masters in Philosophy- 1 year)

Building upon the successful Brain StEm program, Emory and St. Andrews are offering a 4+1 BS (Emory) MPhil (St. Andrews) research-based NBB degree combination. To qualify, Emory NBB majors must have a 3.5 GPA and have an invitation from one of the St. Andrews participating professors, or graduate from Emory with honors in NBB. The first year of the normally two-year MPhil program will be waived, allowing qualifying NBB BS graduates to complete their Masters degree in one year. Contact the NBB office for further information.

Emory Melbourne University Science Experience (E.M.U.S.E)

A program that has been designed specifically for Emory Biology, Chemistry, and NBB students in their junior and senior year who are interested in spending a semester abroad in Melbourne, Australia. As a student program, you will undertake a research-focused study abroad experience while also taking biology, neuroscience, or chemistry courses offered Fall and Spring semesters: Semester 1 runs from early February to mid June; Semester 2 runs from early July to Mid November. This program is ran in conjunction with the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology and the Department of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne. For more information please contact the NBB office.

NBB Study Abroad in France (summer)

Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology program is offering a unique opportunity to study in Paris for a 5-week program that will connect the rich history of French neurology with contemporary neuroscience research. Students will couple in-class discussions with a variety of extracurricular outings to locations that illustrate France's role in early Neurology (e.g. Hôpital de la Salpêtrière) and its current research interests (e.g. Institut Curie or La Cité des Sciences). This program provides completion of one NBB core course and one NBB elective. Please note: NO FRENCH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY IS REQUIRED.

Students are encouraged to have a GPA minimum of 3.0 for the above study abroad programs.

For more information, see Study Abroad.

Advising

Each NBB major is assigned an academic advisor. It is imperative that students meet with their advisers at least once a semester to discuss courses that meet the requirements of the major. In addition, students should talk to their advisors about future career plans; i.e., graduate school, medical school, etc., as there may be additional courses they should take for entrance to graduate school. Advisors will be available during pre-registration and their office hours. However, advisors will often have more time to spend with students at times other than pre-registration. Students should take advantage of these times in scheduling appointments with their advisors.

The NBB office has an open-door policy to assist students in receiving information needed to further their undergraduate academic education.