Neuroscience, Minor

Liberal Arts (Code 081-401)

For advising, contact the Biology Department.

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 1, 24
BIOL 319Animal Form and Function5
A minimum of three core courses chosen from:
Systems Neuroscience
Systems Neuroscience Lab
Cognitive Neuroscience
Behavioral and Clinical Neuroscience
Animal Behavior
Neurological Aspects of Communication & Cognition
Philosophy of Mind
Psychology of Perception
Cognitive Psychology
Note 1: Up to three credits of approved neuroscience-related research from the following courses may be applied to the minor with consent of the advisor:
Independent Study - Juniors
Senior Research Presentation
Independent Study - Seniors
Independent Study - Juniors
Independent Study - Seniors
Note 2: A maximum of 12 credits from the minor may count toward the Biology or Psychology majors.