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Mind, Brain, and Behavior

Bard College
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Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
New York City
English

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

Biology Cluster:

Three of the following courses, at least two of them numbered 200 or higher

  • Subcellular Biology
  • Evolution of Model Organisms
  • From Genes to Traits
  • Intro. Neurobiology
  • Genetics (Eukaryotic)
  • Introduction to Physiology
  • Animal Behavior
  • Advanced Evolution
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

Computing Cluster:

Choose one course from each group

  • Object-Oriented Programming or
  • Object-Oriented Programming with Robots
  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence or
  • Computer Architecture
  • The Computational Image or
  • Artificial Intelligence or
  • Machine Learning or
  • Modeling and Simulation or
  • Intelligent Robots & Perception

Philosophy Cluster:

(subject to course availability)

  • Introduction to the Philosophy of the Mind
  • The First Person Perspective: Philosophy of Mind
  • One of
  • The Unconscious
  • Self-Knowledge
  • The Publicity of Mind
  • Evolution and Cognition

Psychology Cluster:

  • Introduction to Psychological Science
  • One course chosen from
  • Development and Psychopathology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Social Cognition
  • Neuroscience
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Personality
  • Human Memory
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Adult Psychopathology
  • One 300 level PSY course. Students should note that 300 level courses typically have a 200 level prerequisite in the same or closely related area, and typically require that students be moderated in Psychology or a closely related program

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

Continuing studies

Any undergraduate at Bard can pursue studies in MBB. MBB is a concentration rather than a program, so an interested student must moderate into a program (primary discipline) and complete its requirements, in addition to pursuing studies in MBB.

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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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