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Neuroscience Minor

The minor in Neuroscience will provide students with a foundation in this interdisciplinary field. Students will learn how components of the nervous system work together to coordinate physiological and cognitive functions. Students will gain an appreciation of the complex system and how changes in regulation can impact thoughts and actions.

Students must complete 18 credits beyond the prerequisite courses. Of these 18 credits, a minimum of 12 credits of minor coursework must be completed in addition to any courses (required courses or program electives) included in the major curriculum.

Interested students should apply to the minor early in their academic career, usually by the fifth semester of college work, but no later than the end of the drop/add period of the first semester of their last year of didactic work. Interested students should contact Dr. Grace Farber (g.farber@usciences.edu) for more information.


Prerequisite Courses

  • PS101: Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • CH101: General Chemistry I
    or CH111: Principles of Chemistry I
    or CH109: Survey of Chemistry (3 credits)
  • BS103: General Biology I
    or BS130: Introduction to Biology I (4 credits)
  • MA104: College Algebra
    or MA107: Pre-Calculus (3 credits)

Required courses (12-13 Credits)

  • PS260/BS260: Introduction to Neuroscience (3 credits)
  • BS460: Neurobiology (3 credits)
  • PS428/BS428: Neuropsychology (3 credits)
  • PS495/BS495: Seminar in Neuroscience (1 credit)
  • Independent Study or Directed Research
    or Research Experience Credit approved by the minor program director (2-3 credits)

Electives: Choose a minimum of 6 credits of the following:

  • PS302: Sensation and Perception (3 credits)
  • PS305: Learning and Behavior (3 credits)
  • PS329: Cognitive Psychology (3 credits)
  • PS310: Biological Psychology (3 credits)
  • PS412: Psychopharmacology (3 credits)
    or PC305: Fundamentals of Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • PC411: Principles of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology (4 credits)
  • PC412: Pharmacology I (3 credits)
  • PT425/BS425: Neuroscience (4/3 credits)
  • BS305: Animal Behavior (3 credits)
  • BS412: Human Physiology (4 credits)
    or PC301: Physiology I (4 credits)
  • BS466: Genetics (4 credits) or CH356: Molecular Biology and Genetics (3 credits)
  • BS475: Molecular Biology (3 credits)
    or CH356: Molecular Biology and Genetics (3 credits)
  • BS716: Neuromuscular Physiology (3 credits)
  • PY340: Biophysics (3 credits)
  • PP514: Clinical Treatment Approaches to Psychiatric Illness (2 credits)
  • Other courses may be used to satisfy the elective requirements with approval by the minor program director
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