Neuroscience: Biological and Biomedical Sciences

During the first two years at Trinity, students will study the core concepts that are fundamental to all biological systems, as well as taking specific courses in neuroscience and psychology. Basic biological sciences covered will include cell biology, genetics and evolutionary biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, metabolism, microbiology, physiology, neurobiology, ecosystems and environmental biology. Students will also acquire mathematical, statistical and computational skills that are relevant for the analysis of biological systems. Alongside this foundational study of biological systems, students will begin their study of psychology and integrative neuroscience. While immersing themselves in the sciences, students will also add breadth to their studies by expanding their knowledge in social sciences, history and philosophy of science, and foreign languages.

In years three and four at Columbia, students will complete the Core Curriculum and continue their studies majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior. The Neuroscience and Behavior Major is co-sponsored by the Columbia Departments of Psychology and Biological Sciences, and enables students to develop expertise in biology, neurobiology, and behavioral and cognitive neuroscience. Consistent with the value psychology places on empirical evidence, courses at every level of the curriculum nurture the development of skills in research methods, quantitative literacy, and critical thinking, and foster respect for the ethical values that undergird the science of psychology.

As part of their Trinity Degree, students also complete an additional 30 ECTS credits in their third and fourth years at Columbia. Students will undertake a 20 ECTS credit Capstone dissertation project conducted as a research project in year four, as well as a dissertation preparatory module to be taken in the third year. 

Please note: Students interested in the Neuroscience: Biological and Biomedical Sciences track should be advised that this academic program is primarily research-focused and is not designed to fulfill necessary undergraduate requirements for admission to U.S. graduate medical schools.