The undergraduate individual interdisciplinary major in the Neurobiological Sciences is designed for undergraduates interested in the biological basis of behavior. For many, the NBS serves as the undergraduate major in neuroscience – with the added strength of an intensive laboratory component. The program is intended to provide a flexible, yet comprehensive, educational experience and research training in neuroscience. Concentrations are available in behavioral neurobiology, cellular and molecular neurobiology, and cognitive neuroscience. To maximally benefit from the program, students are encouraged to enter in their sophomore year, but not later than their junior year. The following courses are the required core of the program. In addition, students should take a cross-section of upper level courses tailored to their own specific research interests.

In order to focus their academic work in these various areas, all students are required to carry out a research project under the guidance and supervision of a faculty advisor. The written report of the research will constitute the senior thesis. A list of appropriate faculty and their research areas is available.

Students who may wish to pursue this program should first take PSB 3340 to determine their interest and proficiency in this area. They should next consult with the program director (below) to explore the research experiences available in topics of their interest. The student will typically begin working in the research with their advisor. Depending upon the research project, courses beyond the required core may be necessary.

Students successfully completing the individual interdisciplinary major in Neurobiological Sciences will have the basis to pursue further training leading to a wide range of career opportunities in such fields as basic neuroscience, neurobiology, neurological disorders, human neuropsychology, mental retardation, physical therapy, drug abuse, mental illness and medicine.

Contact Information

For information specifically concerning the IDS Major in Neurobiological Sciences

Dr. Marek Schwendt
Department of Psychology
(352) 294-3658

Individual meetings can be scheduled here:

IDS Major’s are administered through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Michal Katz
Program Assistant, IDS
2014 Turlington Hall
(352) 294-1951

Visit http://www.clas.ufl.edu/ids/ for CLAS IDS major information and deadlines.