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Program Description

The neuroscience minor is comprised of a minimum of 28 credit hours, and at least 12 of those hours may not be applied toward completion of a student’s major requirements. The program’s coursework reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the field and provides students with a foundation in cellular and molecular neurobiology as well as in behavioral neuroscience. The purpose of the minor is to encourage and recognize in-depth study of neuroscience for students majoring in other subject areas.

Required Neuroscience Core (15 hours)

  • PSY 201 Brain and Behavior 3 hrs
  • PSY 206 Experimental Psychology 4 hrs
  • BIO 484 Neurobiology 4 hrs
  • PSY 364 Behavioral Neuroscience 3 hrs
  • NEU 470 Neuroscience Seminar 1 hr

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 w lab 4 hrs 
    OR
  • BIO 151/152 Molecules to Cells w 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 4 hrs
  • BIO 381 Comparative Animal Physiology 3-4 hrs
  • BIO 419 Ethology 4 hrs
  • PSY 360 Psychology of Learning 3 hrs
  • PSY 366 Sensation & Perception  3 hrs
  • PSY/NEU 405 Social Affective Neuroscience 3 hrs
  • PSY 420 Psychology of Addiction  3 hrs
  • NEU 490 Independent Research in Neuroscience  1-3 hrs