Neuroscience Minor

The interdisciplinary nature of neuroscience requires familiarity with components of biology and psychology among other disciplines.  A minor in neuroscience will provide an understanding of how different components of the nervous system work together to coordinate physiological, physical, and cognitive functions.  Students will gain an appreciation of this complex system and how changes in regulation can impact thoughts and actions.

Students complete the Neuroscience minor with six courses: two required courses and four electives.  For the elective courses, no more than two of the four may be selected from the same academic department, including cross-listed courses.

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. No more than two of the four elective courses can be offered by the same department (including cross-listed courses). 

With permission of the Neuroscience Program Director, students can count one semester of appropriate research toward the minor (as an elective)

Students may request to receive credit for courses not listed above from the Neuroscience Program Director. The determination of the appropriateness of courses for inclusion in the minor will be made 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.
Required Courses6
Introduction to Neuroscience
Neuroscience Foundations
Intro. to Neuroscience II
Behavioral Neuroscience
Neuroscience Elective (select one)3
Intro: Neuropsychopharmacology
Developmental Cognitive Neuros
Neurodevelopment Disorders
Biophysics of the Brain
Genes and Brains
Molec Basis Neuro Disorders
Special Topics in Neuroscience
Three elective courses from at least two different disciplines (e.g., BIO, CHM, CSC, LIN, MAT, PHL, PHY, PSY, PHT)9
Animal Behavior
Advanced Cell Biology
Molecular Genetics
Neurological Disorders
Molecular Structure Biochemist
Intro to Computer Science
Computer Science I
Comp’l Thinking & Data Sci
Computer Science II
Artificial Intellig for All
Artificial Intelligence
Data Structures
Computer Architecture
Computer Vision
Philosophy of Mental Illness
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Mind
Survey of Nanotechnology
Intro. to Network Science
Personality Psychology
Biological Bases of Behavior
Cognitive Neuroscience
Sensation and Perception
Animal Learning and Memory
Health Psychology
Drugs, the Brain, & Behavior
Comparative Animal Behavior
Psychology of Emotion
Cognitive Psychology
Science of Creativity
Adv. Psychological Disorders
Techniques in Pharmacol & Tox
Intro Neuropsychopharmacology
Intro: Neuropsychopharmacology
Drug Disc Neurodegenerative
Total Hours18