Behavioral Neurosciences Minor

Program Overview

Behavioral neuroscience is a field of endeavor that uses interdisciplinary approaches to study and understand the interaction of brain processes and complex behaviors, human and animal. It is an integration of traditional disciplines as diverse as biology, chemistry, computer science, philosophy, and psychology. The behavioral neuroscience minor is intended to be a first step for undergraduate students contemplating professional, academic, and/or research careers in neuroscience or related fields.

Program Purpose and Specifics


  • Advancing understanding of nervous systems and the part they play in determining behavior.
  • Providing students with multidisciplinary training and perspectives needed to approach issues of interest in the broad area of the biological support of behavior.

Learning Goals and Objectives

The learning objectives of the Behavioral Neuroscience program include fostering in students:

  • An understanding of theories, concepts, and research findings within the field of behavioral neuroscience.
  • The usage of appropriate methodologies to develop knowledge and to examine questions within the field of behavioral neuroscience.
  • The ability to apply a knowledge base to phenomena within the field of behavioral neuroscience.
  • An awareness and an adoption of values and ethical standards shared by professionals within the field of behavioral neuroscience.

Students complete the Behavioral Neuroscience minor with six courses: Three ‘core’ courses and three electives.

Core Courses
Select three of the following:
Neuroscience Foundation 1
Behavioral Neuroscience
Cognitive Neuroscience
Elective Courses
Select three of the following: 2
Bio I: Cells
Animal Behavior
Advanced Cell Biology
Molecular Genetics
Systemic Physiology
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Mechanisms in Organic Chem
Adv Biochem: Inorganic Chem
Computer Science
Computer Science II
Data Structures
Computer Architecture
Principles of Programming Lang
Computer Vision
Artificial Intelligence
Education/Special Education
Intro to Special Education
Assessment & Progress Monitor
Educ Studts w Low Incid Disabi
Interdisciplinary Health Services
Psyc Aspcts Illness & Disab
Nutrition:Health & Disease
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Public Health & Epidemiology
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Mind
General Physics I
University Physics I
Understanding Natural World
Survey of Nanotechnology
Electronics I
Physics of Fluids
Biological Bases of Behavior
Sensation and Perception
Animal Learning and Memory
Health Psychology
Drugs, Brain &Human Behavior
Comparative Animal Behavior
Psychology of Emotion

Students may petition the Behavioral Neuroscience Advisory Board to receive credit for courses not listed above. The determination of the appropriateness of courses for inclusion in the minor will be made by the director of the program, in consultation with an advisory board. Courses may be taken for Behavioral Neuroscience credit only if the student’s work in the class meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • Coursework includes a substantive treatment of brain/behavior relationships.
  • Coursework includes a substantive treatment of methodology, techniques, and approaches relevant to neuroscience.
  • Coursework in other ways contributes to an understanding of the relationship between nervous systems and behavior or other issues typically addressed by neuroscientists.