Graduate Program in Brain, Behavior, and Cognition

About the Program

The Boston University Ph.D. Program in Brain, Behavior, and Cognition (BBC) is designed to prepare students for careers in research, teaching, and industry.

The BBC program is designed to be rigorous and cross-disciplinary. The program works on the apprenticeship model, with a strong emphasis on laboratory and research training. Graduate students join research laboratories starting in their first semester of graduate school, allowing them to define, design, and develop their educational and research goals early. The program is research intensive, supplemented by coursework essential to understanding the relationship between brain, behavior, and cognition. Coursework requirements are normally completed within the first 2 years of study, allowing students ample time to gain critical laboratory skills over the course of training.

BBC laboratories focus on experimental areas that include: behavioral neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, systems neuroscience, computational neuroscience, and neuropsychology. Research areas include: learning and memory, attention and perception, psychopharmacology and substance abuse. Techniques within BBC laboratories include animal models, functional neuroimaging, psychophysics, behavioral and neuropsychological testing, and computational modeling.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact faculty to discuss their interests early in the admissions process.

Boston University and the City

The fourth-largest private university in the nation, Boston University comprises 17 schools and colleges with academic departments and research institutes that serve as inviting communities for students and scholars. The University is perfectly situated to enjoy the charm and beauty of New England’s largest city and to savor its world- renowned cultural, historical, and recreational attractions.

For More Information

For more on the BBC Program or other Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences programs, please call the BBC Senior Program Coordinator at (617) 353-6423. Applications must be completed online through the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences website.