Assistant Professors: Gilbertson, Morrison (Coordinators)
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 347 Immunology
BIO 342 Animal Behavior
BIO 439 Medical Genetics
BIO 435 Cell Biology (recommended)
BIO 447 Cell and Molecular Biology Research Methods
BIO 444/CHEM 444 Biochemistry
CHEM 110 Intro to Chemistry I (recommended)
CHEM 220 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 444/BIO 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 352 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.
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.