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)


Elective Minor Courses

  • Neuroscience  3010         Neurophysiology
  • Neuroscience  3050     Structure & Function: Nervous System
  • Neuro/Psych  4623        Biological Clocks & Behavior
  • Psychology     4305        Intro to Psychopharmacology
  • Psychology     4501      Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience
  • EEOB             4550      Neurobiology of Behavior
  • Psychology     4644        Hormones & Behavior
  • Psychology     5600      Psychobiology of Learning
  • Psychology     5603      Stem Cells and the Brain
  • Psychology     5613H   Biological Psychiatry
  • Psychology     5614        Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Psychology     5622         Development of Brain and Behavior 
  • CSE               5526       Introduction to Neural Networks
  • Biochem        4511      Intro to Biological Chemistry


**Students who have already taken Psychology 3305 (Pre-2014) may still count it toward their neuroscience minor; those with credit for Psych 3305 cannot also get credit for Psych 4305.  

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: 
  • The minor must be in a different subject than the major.
  • Only one course can overlap with the major, pending approval from major and minor advisors.
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.