Emory UG study abroad programme

The BrainStEm Study Abroad Programme:

The Universities of St Andrews and Emory have common strengths in teaching and research in neuroscience, behavioural biology and psychology. This complementarity provided the driving force for the creation in 2002 of an undergraduate study abroad programme calledBrainStEm. In this programme, student numbers are not restricted. Emory students on the Neuroscience and Behavioural Biology (NBB) programme may visit Scotland for either one semester or a full year where they enroll and gain full credit on courses that match equivalents in the NBB programme.

Student feedback:

“I was fortunate enough to study at St Andrews through the first year of the BrainStEmprogram. It’s a beautiful, historic place…but what makes the University such a jewel is the quality of the teaching and the care that the faculty put in to make the learning experience as best as possible. I had a great time there, both in and out of the classroom, and would highly recommend it to anyone considering studying there. It was the perfect complement to my education at Emory. The lab components of the classes I took were very strong and fit with the lectures perfectly. Strongly influenced by my experiences at St Andrews, I am now in graduate school for my PhD. at Cornell University. Partially due to my experiences at St Andrews, I plan on continuing in biological research and can’t wait to go back to Scotland to visit!‘

‘John Oltoff, 2006’


A full list of current St. Andrews modules and how they equate to courses at Emory appears below (BL = Biology module; PN & PS = Psychology and Neuroscience module)

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NBB 301 Introduction to Neurobiology,PN 3313 Neuroscience (Fall Semester only): 20 credits

NBB 302 Behavioral Neuroscience,BL 3319 Animal Behaviour (Spring Semester only): 20 credits

NBB 402 (previously 401S)~~A course from Category A\, and a course from Category B must be taken during the same semester to qualify for NBB 401S. If this is done you will be given credit not only for NBB 401 but for an additional elective (designated as NBB471) as well.,Senior Honors modules: 15 credits~~


Category A : Neuroscience~~

PN 4230 Neurodegeneration and Aging (Fall Semester)~~
PN 4231 Neuromodulation (Spring Semester)~~
PN 4234 Synaptic Transmission (Spring Semester)~~
PN 4235 Motor Neurons from Physiology to Pathology (Fall Semester)~~
PS 4065 Vision: from Neurons to Awareness (Semester Varies)~~
PS 4071 Behavioral Neuroscience (Semester Varies)~~
PS 4089 Neural basis of episodic memory (Semester Varies)~~
PS 4096 Mechanisms of Behaviour: integrating psychological and neuroscience perspectives (Semester Varies)~~
PS 4097 Research methods in cognitive neuroscience (Spring semester)~~
BL 4232 Neuroethology (Fall Semester)~~

Category B : Behaviour/Cognition~~


BL 4256 Marine Acoustics (Spring Semester)~~
BL 4258 Foraging in Marine Mammals (Fall Semester)~~
BL 4280 Evolution and Human Behavior (Fall Semester)~~
BL 4281 Animal Communication and Cognition (Fall Semester)~~
BL 4282 Biology and Behaviour of Social Insects (Spring Semester)~~
BL 4285 Complex Systems in Animal Behaviour (Spring Semester)~~
PS 4074 Cognitive Psychology & the Emotional Disorders (Semester Varies)~~
PS 4079 Sex Differences & Gender Development (Semester Varies)~~
PS 4084 Psychology Art (Semester Varies)~~
PS 4093 Psychology of Dementia (Varies Semester)~~
PS 4090 Face perception and human attraction (Varies Semester)

NBB 370 Variable Special Topics,BL 3302 Gene Regulation (Fall Semester): 20 credits~~
BL 3303 Membranes & Cell Communication (Fall Semester): 20 credits~~
PN 3312 Pharmacology (Spring Semester): 20 credits~~
BL 4224 Molecular Mechanisms of Membrane Trafficking (Spring Sem.): 15 cr

NBB 370/470 Variable Special Topics~~
*Taking both PS3021/22 Research Design and Analysis (1/2) together can count as the NBB QTM requirement and (1) single elective. PS 3021 (offered only in the Fall) counts as an elective and fulfills the QTM100 requirement for Independent Research and Honors.,BL3320 Statistical and quantitative skills for biologists (Fall Semester): 10 credits~~
PS 3021 Research Design and Analysis I (Fall Semester): 15 credits~~
PS 3022 Research Design and Analysis II (Spring Semester): 15 credits~~
PS 3035 Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience: 10 credits~~
PS 3037 Perception: 10 credits (Semester Varies)~~
PS 3038 Cognition: 10 credit (Semester Varies)~~
PS 4083 Psychology of Music: 15 credits (Semester Varies)

BIOL 241 Evolutionary Biology,BL3307 Evolution (Fall Semester): 20 credits


Effective 2016** please check website for updated information FALL (Fall Semester) or SPRING (Spring Semester) as offered


The method of assessment at St. Andrews varies according to the module and will differ from the equivalent courses you have taken at Emory. Details of assessments for a given module can be found in the St. Andrews course catalogue. For most modules there will be a mixture of in-term continuous assessment and a final examination at the end of the module. Coursework is marked on a 20 point grading scale. After receiving a St. Andrews grade your mark will be translated onto the equivalent point on the Emory grading system. The examinations often require essay style answers. Emory students will receive instruction on essay writing during their time in St. Andrews.


BrainStEm Contact (Emory):

Further information on the exchange can be obtained from:

Nadia Brown
Academic Degree Program Coordinator
Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology
Emory University
1462 Clifton Road, Suite 304/Dental Bldg
Atlanta, Georgia 30322

Telephone number: 404-727-4958

E-mail: nadia.brown@emory.edu