Neuroscience Minor

Neuroscience is a scientific discipline that investigates the organization, development, and function of the nervous system, and its relationship to behavior, cognition, and neurological or neuropsychiatric disorders. The minor consists of 5 classes (15 minimum credit hours) designed to give students a strong foundational and broad exposure to the neuroscience area.  Students must complete two Core Requirement courses and the remaining three courses are taken from the courses listed in the Elective Requirement section.  This course work should be chosen in consultation with a neuroscience academic advisor.  

Core Requirement (Take Both Courses, 6 credits)

The two foundational courses listed below are required of all neuroscience minors.
(No Substitutions Permitted). 
 
  • Neuroscience  3000     Introduction to Cellular/Molecular Neuroscience
  • Psychology     3313     Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience

Elective Requirement (Take 3 Courses, 9 credits)

Important Caveats For Minor Electives

  1. Students may count only (1) course with a (*) next to it toward the minor.  While these courses are not neuroscience courses per se, they can nonetheless provide curriculum enhancement to the minor. 
  2. Only (1) neuroscience related Individual Studies (3193) or Research (4998) experience may count as a class toward the elective requirement.  The student must have 3 semester credit hours of the experience to equal one (*) class toward the minor.  Pre-approval by a neuroscience advisor is required.
  3. In some cases, prerequisites for courses may be waived for minors, so students are advised to consult regularly with their neuroscience advisor.

Elective Minor Courses

  • Neuroscience  3010     Neurophysiology
  • Neuroscience  3050     Structure & Function: Nervous System
  • Neuroscience  4100     Basic and Clinical Foundations of Neurological Disease
  • Neuroscience  4623      Biological Clocks & Behavior
  • Psychology     3310      Sensation and Perception
  • Psychology     3513      Intro to Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Psychology     4305     Introduction to Psychopharmacology (formerly Psych 3305 Drugs & Behavior**) 
  • Psychology     4501      Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience
  • EEOB             4550      Neurobiology of Behavior
  • Psychology     4644      Hormones & Behavior
  • Psychology     5600      Psychobiology of Learning
  • Psychology     5606      High-Level Vision
  • Psychology     5613H    Biological Psychiatry
  • Psychology     5614      Cognitive Neuroscience  
  • Psychology     5898      Seminar in Behavioral Neuroscience
  • CSE               5526      Introduction to Neural Networks
  • *Biochem        4511      Intro to Biological Chemistry
  • *MolGen         4500      General Genetics
  • *Philosophy    3341H     Ethical Concepts in Health Care, Research, Policy, and Practice
  • *Research      4998/3191  Pre-Approval By a Neuroscience Advisor is Required 

 

**Students who have already taken Psychology 3305 (Pre-2014) may still count it toward their neuroscience minor  


Arts and Sciences minor program guidelines

The following guidelines govern minors:
 
Approval Required: 
  • The minor program must be approved by an advisor in the Neuroscience Major Program and filed with the College or School Office.
Required for Graduation:
  • No
Classes/Credit Hours Required: 
  • 5 classes/15 minimum hours
Transfer Courses Allowed:
  • A maximum of 1 class/3 semester hours
Overlap with the GE: 
  • Permitted, unless specifically disallowed by an individual minor program. 
Overlap with a Major: 
  • Not Permitted
  • The minor must be in a different subject than the major.
  • Courses cannot count on a minor and on a major.
Grades Required:
  • Minimum C- for a course to be listed on the minor.
  • Minimum 2.00 overall GPA is required for the minor.
  • Pass/Non-Pass courses cannot count on the minor.
Filing the Minor Program Form: 
  • The minor program form must be filed at least by the time the graduation application is submitted to a college/school counselor.
Changing the Minor: 
  • Once the minor program is filed in the College Office, any changes must be approved by a Neuroscience major advisor.
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