Mind Brain Behavior tracks have been designed for students who wish to integrate their interests in mind/brain/behavior with their concentration, and who wish to pursue research as part of their learning experience. Students who complete the requirements common to all MBB tracks as noted below, as well as the requirements of their concentration, will be awarded a Certificate in Mind Brain Behavior in addition to their A.B. degree.
(Students must also complete requirements specific for their home concentration.)
Students must concentrate in one of our participating concentrations. Currently, these include computer science, history and science, human evolutionary biology, linguistics, neuroscience/neurobiology, philosophy, and psychology.
Senior Thesis Requirement
Students must write a senior thesis on a topic in mind brain behavior that has been approved by their concentration.
Students must complete the following three courses, which lay a foundation and address issues and topics relevant to mind/brain/behavior:
- Psychology 1: Introduction to Psychological Science, formerly Science of Living Systems 20, generally recommended first year. Neurosicence track students may take either Psy 1 or another MBB elective approved by neuroscience, and Computer Science track students take another MBB elective approved by CS instead of Psy 1.
- Neuroscience 80: Neurobiology of Behavior, also listed as Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) 80, generally taken sophomore year.
- Interdisciplinary Seminar in Mind/ Brain/Behavior, generally taken junior year.
Students must participate in two, non-credit, MBB-planned events that emphasize interactions among students across tracks.
- Interdisciplinary Symposium, junior year.
- Interdisciplinary Research Workshop in Mind Brain Behavior, senior year.
Students must complete a certificate application in the second semester of their senior year. This year, the application must be filed by Monday, April 5th for May 2021 graduates. Note: Be sure to attach your thesis abstract and course record to the application; this course record does not need to be an official transcript.