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Graduate Programs

Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in neuroscience, psychology, economics, and political science.  

Examples of research topics of interest include the following:

  • Computational and neurobiological foundations of simple decision-making in animals and humans.
  • Computational and neurobiological basis of economic and political decision making.
  • Affective neuroscience.
  • Neurobiological basis of social behavior in human and animal models.
  • Neurobiological basis of moral judgment and decision making.
  • Applications of neuroscience to economics and political science.

Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program studying the relationship between the physical structure of a computational system (synthetic or natural hardware), the dynamics of its operation and its interaction with the environment, and the computations that it carries out.  The CNS program integrates, multiple traditional areas of expertise: molecular, cellular, neural, and systems biology, electrical and mechanical engineering, computer science, psychology, and cognition, applied mathematics, and physics.

Areas of interest include coding and computation in networks of neurons, sensory systems (vision, audition, olfaction), learning and memory, control and motor behavior, and planning and decision making.

Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program which aims to expose students to the breadth of disciplines involved in the study of the nervous system, including molecular biology, cell and developmental biology, systems neuroscience, animal behavior, and mathematical modeling. The program enrolls students from different disciplines, ranging from particle physics to physiology to psychology.

For more information on graduate programs at Caltech contact the Graduate Studies Office.

Undergraduate Programs

For more information on undergraduate programs at Caltech contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)

Students conduct research under mentorship of seasoned researchers at Caltech during a 10-week summer research program.  Prior to application, students must collaborate with potential mentors in developing a proposed research project.

For more information, contact the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Office.


Please visit the Human Resources page for information about current job postings.