Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior


Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior

About the Major

All animals perform certain basic functions - they grow, reproduce, move, respond to stimuli and maintain homeostasis. The physiological mechanisms upon which these functions depend are precisely regulated and highly integrated through the actions of the nervous and endocrine systems to determine behavior and the interaction between organisms and their physical and social environments. Students in this major will study functional mechanisms; the control, regulation and integration of these mechanisms; and the behavior which relates to those mechanisms at the level of the cell, the organ system, and the organism.

Download the CBS Majors Diagram to compare the Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior degree requirements to all other degrees offered in our college. For detailed information about this major, visit the Undergraduate Admissions website, or click on the links to the left.

Student Learning Outcomes

The Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior (NPB) majors program provides a foundation for lifelong learning by fostering intellectual curiosity, problem solving and critical thinking skills, in the context of understanding organismal animal (including human) biology.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of organisms and their diversity at the level of molecules, cells, systems, and communities.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the neurobiological, physiological, and behavioral processes that allow animals to function in their environment.
  • Address scientific questions using quantitative approaches and critical reasoning, including developing hypotheses, analyzing data, and interpreting results.
  • Critically evaluate scientific information from a wide variety of sources.
  • Communicate scientific data and concepts orally and in writing.


Completion of the Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior major provides the foundation for a challenging career in physiology and/or neurobiology and also serves as a basis for further training in schools of human and veterinary medicine, medical technology, physical therapy, pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, and other health sciences. Students interested in high school teaching, research, or advanced teaching may use the program as preparation for continued study. 

For more information about the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior within the College of Biological Sciences, visit the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior website.