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, 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:
- Science of Living Systems 20 (Psychological Science), generally recommended first year. Science of Living Systems 20s (Psychological Science Seminar) will also fulfill this requirement the years it is offered. Neurobiology track students may take either SLS 20 or another MBB elective approved by neurobiology. Computer Science track students take another MBB elective approved by CS instead of SLS 20.
- Molecular and Cellular Biology 80 (Neurobiology of Behavior) or Molecular and Cellular Biology 81 (Fundamentals of Neuroscience), generally recommended 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 early in the second semester of their senior year. This year, the application must be filed by Monday, March 26th for May 2018 graduates. Note: Be sure to attach your course record to the application; this course record does not need to be an official transcript.