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Mind, Brain and Behavior

Bard College
4 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
New York City
English
Fall
Application deadline: Early Applications Due: November 1, Regular Applications Due: January 1

About this program

Mind, Brain and Behavior

The Mind, Brain, and Behavior (MBB) concentration seeks to understand how humans, animals, and robots are able to acquire, represent, and use knowledge. The discipline combines the insights from several other fields, including neuroscience, computer science, psychology, linguistics, animal behavior, genetics, and philosophy, to work toward an understanding of the brain and the mind. The MBB concentration is a secondary field of study that requires a student to complete a major in a primary discipline.

Admission requirements

International Students:

Required materials:

  • Apply using the Common Application.
  • High School transcript (Include mid-year senior grades if available at the time you apply.)
  • School Report (Form is generally completed by a high school counselor and includes a school profile.)
  • Teacher recommendations (Two are required: We prefer that one recommendation come from an English or humanities instructor and one from a math or science instructor.)
  • TOEFL exam or IELTS exam or Duolingo English Test. All international applicants who speak a foreign language other than English as their primary language must submit a completed TOEFL exam or IELTS exam or Duolingo English Test.
  • Students who attend High Schools with full English instruction may request to be considered for a TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo waiver, Subject: International Applicant - TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo waiver

Optional materials:

  • In addition to the TOEFL or IELTS or Duolingo requirement, we recommend participating in the optional English Proficiency supplements with one of our two service partners: IntialView or Vericant.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.


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Program content

If possible, Moderation into Mind, Brain, and Behavior should take place simultaneously with Moderation into the primary program. To moderate, students must complete two courses in two different MBB-affiliated disciplines that include biology, computer science, psychology, philosophy, and linguistics. At least one of these courses should qualify as an introduction to MBB: Computer Science, Foundations of Mind, Brain, and Behavior; Biology, Introduction to Neurobiology; or Psychology, Introduction to Psychological Science. At least one member of the Moderation board must be a member of the MBB faculty. To graduate, students must complete the requirements for their primary program; participate in an MBB junior-year seminar; take courses in two different MBB-affiliated disciplines (three courses in each discipline, from a list of approved courses); and complete a Senior Project on a topic relevant to MBB, as determined by the student’s Senior Project board.

The following courses, among others, fulfill the requirements for Moderation: Biology, From Genes to Traits; Biology, Introduction to Neurobiology; Computer Science, Object-Oriented Programming with Robots; Psychology, Introduction to Psychological Science; and Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.

Tuition

First-Year Students

  • Tuition: $57,498
  • Room and board: $16,760
  • Campus facilities fee: $0
  • Campus health services fee: $470
  • Security Deposit: $225

Returning Resident

  • Tuition: $57,498
  • Room and board: $16,760
  • Campus facilities fee: $0
  • Campus health services fee: $470
  • Security Deposit: $0

Returning Off-Campus

  • Tuition: $57,498
  • Room and board: $0
  • Campus facilities fee: $352
  • Campus health services fee: $470
  • Security Deposit: $0

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Bard College

Bard is a liberal arts college of 1900 undergraduates. Our largest campus is located 90 miles north of New York City and situated on the Hudson River near the Catskill Mountains. Bard also has a growing network of campuses and...


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