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Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology (NBB) is an interdepartmental undergraduate program offering a Bachelor of Science and combining the expertise, enthusiasm, and commitment of a large and diverse group of faculty from many departments and divisions of Emory University.

The major represents a unique interdisciplinary synthesis of the fields of neuroscience and behavior and provides a breadth and focus not found in traditional Biology, Psychology, Neuroscience or Anthropology programs.

Goals for Student Learning

  • To articulate the concepts and methodologies of the interdisciplinary field of Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, including evolution and animal behavior, molecular, cellular, and developmental biology, and systems, social, cognitive, and behavioral neuroscience.
  • To evaluate scientific literature critically and to formulate hypotheses and design scientific experiments.
  • To engage in the research process through undergraduate honors research, independent research projects and coursework.
  • To communicate scientific information in a clear, reasoned and stylistically appropriate manner both verbally and in writing.
  • To evaluate the ethical dimensions and societal implications of research in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology.
  • To have the foundation to pursue successfully a post baccalaureate education or professional career.
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NBB-brainThe Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology (NBB) major is an interdisciplinary program that provides a unique science background and an excellent foundation for advanced studies in biological and behavioral research as well as medicine.

NBB has become one of the "signature" programs of Emory College and has over 500 majors and approximately 140 students each year graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree.


The program draws upon the resources, expertise, enthusiasm, and commitment of a diverse faculty, including representatives from biology, psychology, anthropology, chemistry, philosophy, and the School of Medicine. The NBB faculty includes 25 members who have been designated Emory Distinguished Professors by the Office of the Provost and 14 winners of the Emory Williams Teaching Award - Emory University's highest award for excellence in teaching.

Student Opportunities

In the NBB program, students can undertake independent laboratory research with Emory faculty, engage in challenging faculty-student interactions, and participate in seminars and special events that often present distinguished guest speakers.

Honors Program

Qualified senior NBB majors can participate in the NBB Honors Program and become members of Nu Rho Psi, Emory's neuroscience honor society. NBB majors also have the unique opportunity to study with researchers affiliated with the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Cancer Society, and the Neuroscience Initiative.

Study Abroad

NBB majors also have the opportunity to be involved in study abroad programs with St Andrews in Scotland, Melbourne University in Australia, and summer study in Paris, France where students are able to complete an NBB core class and an elective.