The departments of MCDB and Psychology launch a joint undergraduate Neuroscience Major (NSCI) starting in 2017-2018 academic year.

April 12, 2017

The Department of MCDB and the Department of Psychology are excited to launch a joint undergraduate Neuroscience Major (NSCI), starting in the  2017-2018 academic year.

The new major is highly rigorous and integrative, requiring students to gain expertise in both molecular, cellular, and biological approaches and in systems, circuits, and behavior. NSCI also requires significant quantitative training to achieve these goals. Recognizing the breadth of neuroscience questions and approaches,  NSCI affords flexibility in its STEM electives. An unofficial draft of the Blue Book description and course requirements is attached below.

Because NSCI is sufficiently different from the MCDB Neurobiology Track or the PSYC Neuroscience Track, these tracks will remain available for MCDB and PSYC majors.

Neuroscience Majors will be admitted via application in the new school year;  we will announce more details at a future time.  Qualifying students may receive a Neuroscience B.S. or B.A. degree as early as 2017-2018.  

Any questions may be directed to Psychology Professor Marvin Chun ( or MCDB Professor Damon Clark (