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Neuroscience, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #901 (ARWU) North Adams, MA, United States
The Neuroscience program at Williams College draws upon and addresses are diverse and interdisciplinary. They range from physiological and molecular studies of single neurons, through investigations of how systems of neurons produce phenomena such as vision and movement, to the study of the neural basis of emotions and complex cognitive phenomena such as memory, language, and consciousness. 
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The Neuroscience program at Williams College helps surveying those who call themselves neuroscientists. Among these are anatomists, physiologists, chemists, psychologists, philosophers, molecular biologists, computer scientists, linguists, and ethologists. 

Combining such a wide range of approaches and research methods to study the brain requires a correspondingly interdisciplinary framework. The Williams College Neuroscience Program is designed to provide students the opportunity to use this interdisciplinary approach. 


Upon completing the program, students should have developed the skills for studying a single remarkably complex organ, the brain, and the behavior that it controls:

  • Mastery of content.  Students will know the neuroanatomy of the brain and the functions of specific areas within the brain. They will understand the electrical properties of neurons, signaling via neurotransmitters, the principles of sensory encoding, how motor systems work, how circuits are organized and regulated, how behavioral tests and measures can be used to assess nervous system function, and how connections are altered during development and via adult plasticity. Finally, they will be familiar with a wide variety of techniques used to explore brain structure and function, and they will understand both the advantages and the inherent limitations of specific techniques.
  • Critical analysis. Students will be able to read the primary literature, recognizing the central question and the specific hypothesis being tested. They will be equipped to carefully critique the methods and results, and be able to understand the wider implications of those results. In addition, students will be able to develop alternative interpretations, and formulate strategies for testing those interpretations.
  • The ability to independently extend knowledge about neuroscience.  Students will be able to design novel hypothesis-driven experiments that use appropriate techniques and measures to extend existing knowledge. Students will have opportunities to carry out such projects, either in upper-level courses or in a research laboratory.
  • Communication. Students will be able present information about neuroscience orally to a wide variety of audiences – for example, to specialists in the field, to the general public, or to elementary school students. Students will also be able to present their ideas and results in standard scientific written formats, such as professional posters, articles intended for publication, and research proposals.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Topics in Neuroscience
  • Neural Systems and Circuits
  • Neural Development
  • Animal Behavior
  • Brain, Behavior, and the Immune System
  • Clinical Neuroscience
  • Image, Imaging and Imagining: The Brain and Visual Arts
  • Psychosis and the biological bases of severe mental illness

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application
  • Early Decision Agreement Form (Early Decision applicants ONLY)
  • SAT or ACT
  • School Report
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Two Teacher Recommendations

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56970 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56970 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for North Adams

  • 876 - 1820 USD/month
    Living Costs

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