Neuroscience

Assistant Professor:  Morrison (Coordinator)

The neuroscience minor is designed for students in any major who are interested in theory and research on the mind, brain, and nervous system. It requires a minimum of six courses. The two required courses, Neurobiology and Biological Psychology, provide students with an interdisciplinary approach to the fundamental structure and function of the brain that includes laboratory experiences across the breadth of current neuroscience research. These core courses train students to access, read, and critically analyze primary neuroscience literature, develop hypotheses, design and carry out experiments, analyze data, present the results, and engage in discussion of ethical issues related to neuroscience research. The four elective courses allow students to explore interdisciplinary developments in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, philosophy, physics, psychology, and sociology that enrich and extend our understanding of the brain and of human thought and behavior.

The minor requires 6 courses, including at least 3 courses outside the student’s major.

2 core courses required for all neuroscience minors:
BIO 337          Neurobiology
PSY 433          Biological Psychology

Plus 4 elective courses chosen from:
BIO 222              Genetics                                 
BIO 323              Human Physiology                             
BIO 342              Animal Behavior
BIO 347              Immunology                                                   
BIO 435              Cell Biology (recommended) 
BIO 439              Medical Genetics                   
BIO 444              Biochemistry  
BIO 447              Cell and Molecular Biology Research Methods
CHEM 110          Intro to Chemistry I (recommended)
CHEM 220          Organic Chemistry I  
CHEM 444          Biochemistry  
CPTR 125            Introduction to Computer Science    
PHIL 330             Knowledge and Reality
PHIL 333             Philosophy of Natural Science
PHYS 225           Fundamentals of Physics I
PHYS 226           Fundamentals of Physics II
PSY 237              Cognition       
PSY 242              Drugs, Behavior, and Society
PSY 331              Research Methods in Psychology      
PSY 342              Health Psychology     
PSY 432              Sensation and Perception
SOC 310              Medical Sociology

Independent Studies or Honors Thesis Research Projects in Biology or Psychology:
N80-N89 Independent Study    
490-491   Independent Study for Departmental Honors                       

Note:  Independent Studies and Honors Thesis projects require advance consultation with the project advisor and both Neuroscience Minor coordinators, and advance approval of a formal application by the Individual Studies Committee. Research projects outside of Biology and Psychology may be considered for fulfillment of the minor requirements, with advance permission of the coordinators.

Experimental or topics courses may be considered for inclusion in the minor, with advance approval from the coordinators.

Recommendations:
Students should design their Neuroscience minor in consultation with a program coordinator. Students are encouraged to schedule the two required courses before beginning their senior year when course rotations allow. Students are also encouraged to attend neuroscience-related presentations at BIO 449 Biology Colloquium during each of their four years of study.

Students planning to attend graduate school are strongly encouraged to take CHEM 220 Organic Chemistry I and BIO 444/CHEM 444 Biochemistry and to complete an Independent Study or Honors Project in Biology or Psychology