Co-Coordinators: Gilbertson, Morrison

The neuroscience minor is designed for students in any major who are interested in theory and research on the mind, brain and nervous system. It requires a minimum of six courses. The two required courses, Neurobiology and Biological Psychology, provide students with an interdisciplinary approach to the fundamental structure and function of the brain that includes laboratory experiences across the breadth of current neuroscience research. These core courses train students to access, read and critically analyze primary neuroscience literature, develop hypotheses, design and carry out experiments, analyze data, present the results, and engage in discussion of ethical issues related to neuroscience research. The four elective courses allow students to explore interdisciplinary developments in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, philosophy, physics, psychology and sociology that enrich and extend our understanding of the brain and of human thought and behavior.


The minor requires six courses, including at least three courses outside the student’s major.

2 core courses required for all neuroscience minors:

BIO 337          Neurobiology
PSY 433          Biological Psychology

Plus 4 elective courses chosen from:

BIO 222                   Genetics 
BIO 323                   Human Physiology
BIO 347                   Immunology 
BIO 342                   Animal Behavior 
BIO 439                   Medical Genetics
BIO 435                   Cell Biology (recommended)
BIO 447                   Cell and Molecular Biology Research Methods
BIO 444/CHEM444   Biochemistry
CHEM 110                Intro to Chemistry I    (recommended)
CHEM 220                Organic Chemistry I  
CHEM444/BIO444    Biochemistry 
CPTR 125                 Introduction to Computer Science  
PHIL 330                  Knowledge and Reality
PHIL 333                  Philosophy of Natural Science
PHYS 225                 Fundamentals of Physics I
PHYS 226                 Fundamentals of Physics II
PSY 237                   Cognition     
PSY 242                   Drugs, Behavior and Society
PSY 331                   Research Methods in Psychology  
PSY 352                   Health Psychology     
PSY 432                   Sensation and Perception
SOC 310                  Medical Sociology

Independent Studies or Honors Thesis Research Projects in Biology or Psychology:

N80-N89  Independent Study
490-491  Independent Study for Departmental Honors                       

Note: Independent Studies and Honors Thesis projects require advance consultation with the project advisor and both Neuroscience Minor coordinators, and advance approval of a formal application by the Individual Studies Committee. Research projects outside of Biology and Psychology may be considered for fulfillment of the minor requirements, with advance permission of the coordinators.

Experimental or topics courses may be considered for inclusion in the minor, with advance approval from the coordinators.


Students should design their Neuroscience minor in consultation with a program coordinator. Students are encouraged to schedule the two required courses before beginning their senior year when course rotations allow. Students are also encouraged to attend neuroscience-related presentations at BIO449 Biology Colloquium during each of their four years of study.

Students planning to attend graduate school are strongly encouraged to take CHEM220 Organic Chemistry I and BIO444/CHEM444 Biochemistry, and to complete an Independent Study or Honors Project in Biology or Psychology.