Neuroscience Minor

Program Co-Directors: Cady, Koeltzow

The purpose of the neuroscience minor is to encourage and recognize in-depth study of neuroscience for students majoring in other subject areas. Coursework incorporates the interdisciplinary nature of the field and will provide students with a foundation in cellular and molecular neurobiology and in behavioral neuroscience. Completion of the minor requires at least 28 credit hours, 12 of which cannot also be used for completion of a student’s major. Students seeking to minor in neuroscience should complete PSY 201 during the freshman year as this course is a requirement of the application process, which will occur during the fall of each applicant’s sophomore year. For application and additional information see Neuroscience. Admission decisions will occur prior to registration for spring courses.

Required Neuroscience Core (15 Hours)

  • PSY 201 Brain and Behavior - 3 hrs. Note: Must be successfully completed to apply for the minor.

  • PSY 206 Experimental Psychology 4 hrs.

  • PSY 364 Behavioral Neuroscience - 3 hrs.
  • NEU 470 Neuroscience Seminar - 1 hr.
  • BIO 484 Neurobiology - 3-4 hrs.

Students must also complete at least one laboratory course by registering for 4 hours in BIO 384 (with consent of instructor) or by enrolling in PSY 365 (Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory) concurrently with PSY 364.

Required Foundations In Science (7 Hours)

Students must complete one of the following introductory biology classes:

  • BIO 111/113 Introduction to Cell Biology with lab - 4 hrs. or
  • BIO 151/152 Molecules to Cells with lab - 4 hrs.

Students must complete a 3-credit-hour statistics sequence:

  • BIO 260 Biological Statistics I - 1 hr. and
  • BIO 261 Biological Statistics II - 2 hrs.

or

  • PSY 205 Quantitative Methods - 3 hrs.

Electives Courses (6-8 Hours; At Least One Course Must Be In Biology)

  • BIO 310 Genetics - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 381 Comparative Animal Physiology 3-4 hrs.
  • BIO 419 Ethology - 4 hrs.
  • NEU 490 Independent Research in Neuroscience - 1–3 hrs.
  • PSY 360 Psychology of Learning - 3 hrs.
  • PSY 366 Sensation and Perception - 3 hrs.
  • PSY 405 Social Affective Neuroscience - 3 hrs.
  • PSY 420 Psychology of Addiction - 3 hrs.

Course Sequence

Freshman 

  • PSY 201 - 3 hrs.*

Sophomore

  • BIO 111/113 or 151/152 - 4 hrs.
  • PSY 205 or BIO 260/261 - 3 hrs.

Junior

  • BIO 384 - 3-4 hrs.
  • PSY 206 - 4 hrs.
  • PSY 364/365 – 3–4 hrs.

Senior

  • NEU 470 – 1–2 hrs.
  • 2 electives – 6–8 hrs.

*Note that PSY 201 is currently represented in the Bradley Core Curriculum NS Area of Inquiry and if not used to fulfill that requirement, may be used to fulfill the Bachelor of Science degree requirements.