Neuroscience is the interdisciplinary study of the brain and the nervous system. A minor in Neuroscience would help both psychology and biology majors keep abreast of scientific progress in this discipline and help prepare them for emerging career opportunities. The Neuroscience minor would be an appropriate minor for anyone interested in a psychiatric health-care career including general medicine but especially psychiatry, pharmacology, psychiatric-mental health nursing, clinical psychology, or cognitive rehabilitation. This minor would also provide a strong undergraduate foundation for further training in a graduate program in neuroscience or psychobiology.
Requirements for the Neuroscience Minor
Seventeen (17) credits, consisting of the following required courses:
Psychology 305, Psychology 374, Psychology 394, Biology 340, and Biology 410. Please note that only two of the Psychology courses can count toward the Psychology major requirements.
Biology Course Offerings for the Neuroscience Minor
Biology course offerings will be found under the 4 letter code of BIOL in the course listings.
340 – Cellular Biology (4)
Prerequisites: BIOL 126 or 132 and CHEM 112 (C- or better in each course). Study of cell structure and function. Laboratory.
410 – Neurobiology (4)
Prerequisite: BIOL 340 (C- or better). Examines the structure and function of neurons, neural networks and nervous systems. The laboratory includes physiological experimentation and basic human neuroanatomy. Laboratory.
Psychology Course Offerings for the Neuroscience Minor
Psychology course offerings will be found under the 4 letter code of PSYC in the course listings.
305 – Cognitive Neuroscience (3)
Prerequisite: PSYC 100. Introduction to the neural basis of cognitive processes emphasizing changing models of cognitive functioning.
374 – Biological Psychology (3)
Prerequisite: PSYC 100. Exploration of biological bases of behavior and neurological correlates of psychological events.
394 – Psychopharmacology (3)
Prerequisites: PSYC 100 and one year of biology or one year of chemistry. Principles of drug action in the body, drug effects on behavior, and the social psychology of drug use.