Neuroscience, Minor

Liberal Arts (Code 081-401)

Advisors: B. Carter (Biology), D. Janik (Biology).

Neuroscience is devoted to the understanding of the brain and the nervous system.  The brain is the control system for the body and therefore has a central role in determining human health and disease.  Neuroscience is interdisciplinary, intersecting with many other fields of study and thought including psychology, biology, philosophy, and medicine.   Students who major in these areas should find the Neuroscience Minor a desirable complement to their major studies. Additionally, the Neuroscience Minor curriculum provides valuable preparation for students who intend to enter postgraduate programs related to neuroscience and medicine.  

Twenty-four semester credits required, including:
Foundation Courses:
IDIS 125Brain: Introduction to Neuroscience4
BIOL 221Foundations of Biology I 14
A minimum of three core courses chosen from:
Systems Neuroscience
Systems Neuroscience Lab
Cellular and Developmental Neuroscience
Clinical Neuroscience
Cognitive Neuroscience
Behavioral Neuroscience
Molecular and Cell Biology
Animal Form and Function
Genetics Inquiry
Biology of Stress
Animal Behavior
Advanced Cell and Molecular Lab
Molecular Genetics
Developmental Biology
Neurological Aspects of Communication & Cognition
Philosophy of Mind
Psychology of Addictions
Statistical Methods in Psychology II
Individual Differences and Behavior Genetics
Psychology of Perception
Cognitive Psychology
Up to three credits of approved neuroscience-related research or academic experience from the following courses may be applied to the minor with consent of the advisor:
Student Academic Experience
Independent Study - Juniors
Student Academic Apprenticeship
Senior Research Presentation
Independent Study - Seniors
Research Apprentice in Psychology
Student Academic Apprenticeship in Psychology
Independent Study - Juniors
Independent Study - Seniors

 Note:  A maximum of 12 credits from the minor may count toward the Biology or Psychology majors.