Minor in Neuroscience

Understand the neural underpinnings of behavior.

Student poses in a scientific lab.

About this Program

The College of Liberal Arts offers the interdisciplinary minor in Neuroscience. It allows students to access the expertise of faculty across campus in biology, biomedical engineering, communication sciences, exercise science, medicinal chemistry, pharmacy, philosophy, and psychology.

The minor gives students a comprehensive and flexible course curriculum for their chosen area within the diverse field of neuroscience, which spans from molecular biology to animal behavior. Additionally, students are armed with the ability to critically analyze and communicate information.

Hands-on lab experience prepares students for an array of career opportunities in applied and research fields such as

  • drug discovery,
  • medical research,
  • clinical psychology, and
  • brain-computer interface.

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    Academic Requirements

    See information below on the Neuroscience Minor. For a full description, visit the online catalog.

    Students in the Neuroscience minor complete 18-22 credit hours of courses, including four courses at the 300 level or above, of which one must be a formal laboratory course, and at least one 500-level course. Six hours, not including the 2 core courses, must be outside the student's major.

    Required courses:

    • Psy 319: Brain and Behavior
    • Bisc 327: Introductory Neuroscience

    At least 4 courses:

    Neuroscience Lab Courses

    • Bisc 330: Introductory Physiology
    • Bisc 427: Methods in Comparative Neuroscience
    • Bisc 512: Animal Behavior 
    • Bisc 518: Microtechnique 
    • BME 314: Biomedical Measurement 
    • ES 514: Applied Electromyography
    • NEU 491: Directed Study in Neuroscience 
    • NEU 493: Neuroscience Capstone Research
    • NEU 579: Advanced Topics of Neuroscience 
    • PSY 390: Lab in Psy: Behavioral Neuroscience

    Neuroscience Courses

    • Bisc 529: Endocrinology
    • Bisc 533: Advanced Neuroscience 
    • Bisc 538: Hormones and Behavior
    • Bisc 541: Cell Biology of Neurodegenerative Disorders 
    • Bisc 543: Functional Neuroanatomy
    • BMS 471: Targeting Neurodegenerative Diseases 
    • CSD 505: Neurophysiology of Communication 
    • CSD 526: Neurogenic Disorders of Language 
    • BME 313: Physiology for Biomedical Engineering
    • BME 413: Biomedical Signal Processing 
    • ES 344: Aging in 21st Century 
    • ES 338: Motor Control and Learning 
    • ES 512: Foundations of Biomechanics 
    • ES 515: Stress and the Brain 
    • MEDC 416: Intro to the Principles of Medicinal Chemistry I 
    • MEDC 417: Intro to the Principles of Medicinal Chemistry II 
    • MEDC 418: Neuroscience Principles of Drug Abuse 
    • PHCL 586: Receptors and Channels 
    • PHIL 332: Personal Identity and the Self 
    • PHIL 342: Philosophy of the Mind 
    • PSY 309: Learning 
    • PSY 322: Drugs and Behavior 
    • PSY 326: Sensation and Perception 
    • PSY 505: Conditioning and Learning 
    • PSY 511: Neural Basis of Learning and Memory

    How Can I Enhance My Neuroscience Minor?

    Expand your opportunities with an internship. According to national surveys, employers are more likely to hire students who have: 

    • had professional internships, 
    • worked with people from diverse backgrounds on community service, 
    • collaborated with peers on projects, 
    • taken multiple courses with significant writing,
    • produced a senior project or thesis, and
    • studied abroad.

    These experiences are central to the liberal arts skills of thinking, communicating, interpersonal skills, and understanding the world around us. Showcase and enhance these skills in an internship opportunity for that first step into the professional world. 

    We encourage students in the Neuroscience minor to combine coursework with hands-on, experiential learning opportunities.

    Your Major + Neuroscience

    Neuroscience can pair with a wide variety of majors on campus. Here are some likely combinations.

    Next Steps

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