Behavioral Neurosciences Minor
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.
|Select three of the following:|
|Neuroscience Foundation 1|
or BIO 412
|Select three of the following: 2|
|Bio I: Cells|
|Advanced Cell Biology|
|Organic Chemistry I|
|Organic Chemistry II|
|Mechanisms in Organic Chem|
|Adv Biochem: Inorganic Chem|
|Computer Science II|
|Principles of Programming Lang|
|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|
|Physics of Fluids|
|Biological Bases of Behavior|
|Sensation and Perception|
|Animal Learning and Memory|
|Drugs, Brain &Human Behavior|
|Comparative Animal Behavior|
|Psychology of Emotion|
To ensure the interdisciplinary nature of the program, students wishing to complete the minor must select elective courses offered by at least one participating department other than their own major.
Courses currently offered by the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Education/Special Education, Interdisciplinary Health Services, Philosophy, Physics, and Psychology that might support the proposed minor are listed.
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.