This website is the home of Yale College’s undergraduate Neuroscience major. The Neuroscience Major (NSCI) is jointly sponsored by the Department of Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology (MCDB) and the Department of Psychology (PSYC). It is a standalone interdisciplinary major offering B.S. or B.A. degrees in Neuroscience, and it is independent of the MCDB Major Neurobiology Track and the PSYC Major Neuroscience Track.
Neuroscience aims to understand how the brain produces the mind and behavior, with the goal of advancing human understanding, improving physical and mental health, and optimizing performance. This entails a broad, interdisciplinary effort that spans molecules to minds. At one end, molecular and cellular biology, chemistry, and physics are improving our understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms of neuronal signaling and development. At the other end, psychology, psychiatry, and neurology link neural processes and systems to the mind and behavior. At all levels, the rich array of methods and data analysis depends on a strong foundation in the basic sciences, mathematics, statistics, and computer science. Yale’s undergraduate Neuroscience major provides a rigorous but flexible course of study, spanning this broad field.