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2018-2019 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin 
  Feb 23, 2024
2018-2019 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Neuroscience Minor

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College of Arts and Sciences Neuroscience Minor

The minor is designed for students going into graduate studies in neuroscience, animal behavior, psychology or medicine and for students simply interested in gaining a better understanding of their own interactions with the world.  The minor will provide opportunities to develop a strong background of how the nervous system works from the social and behavioral to the cellular and molecular levels. Beyond core requirements, students may focus on topics of specific interest in the very broad field of neuroscience. Research experience in neuroscience is required.


Students must complete an application and qualify for the neuroscience minor.  Applications can be submitted any time after their first year of college (30 credit hours must be completed).  Normally, students will be expected to have at least a 3.30 grade point average.  Applications will be evaluated by the co-directors of the Neuroscience Minor and they will be judged on overall academic merit.  Application forms can be obtained from the Departments of Psychology and Biological Sciences and from the neuroscience minor web page.

Degree Requirements (18 Hours)

Eighteen credit hours are required to satisfy the minor. Students must complete the required three credit Introduction to Neuroscience course and 2-3 credit hours of neuroscience research experience under an independent study number.  Additional honors courses or other specialized courses in the neurosciences may also satisfy the minor requirements provided the course substitutions are approved by the co-directors of the neuroscience minor. No more than a total of six credits of independent study credits may count towards the minor.

Required for the Minor (3 Hours):

Research Requirement (2-3 Hours):

The independent research can be done under any major independent research codes as long as the research is in the field of neuroscience, and is approved by the co-directors of the neuroscience minor.  Examples include BIOL 399 , PSYC 498 , PSYC 598 , PSYC 599 , SCHC 399 , and BMEN 499 .


Select courses from the following list.  In addition, one three credit independent study in neuroscience may count in the Elective group.  Sometimes Honors courses and special topics courses in neuroscience are offered and these are approved on a semester by semester basis by the co-directors of the neuroscience minor. 

Note that many of the courses below have prerequisites and/or co-requisites. Course instructors can always give permission to take the course without the listed prerequisites and/or co-requisites and you should consult with individual instructors if you think that you have an adequate background and would like to take the course. 

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