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.

Coursework & Duration

Prerequisite Courses

Course Number Course Name Credits
PS101 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits
CH101
or
CH111
General Chemistry I
or
Principles of Chemistry I
3 credits each
BS109/110
or
BS132/134
or
BS136
General Biology I/Lab
or
Introduction to Biology I /Lab
or
Phage Hunters I

4 credits each 
MA104
or
MA107
College Algebra
or
Pre-Calculus
3 credits each 

Required courses (12-13 Credits)

Course Number Course Name 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:

Course Number Course Name Credits
PS302 Sensation and Perception 3 credits
PS305 Learning and Behavior 3 credits
PS329 Cognitive Psychology 3 credits
PS310 Biological Psychology 3 credits

PS412

or
PC305

Psychopharmacology
or
Fundamentals of Pharmacology
3 credits each 
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
or
PC301
Human Physiology
or
Physiology I
4 credits each
BS466
or
CH356

Genetics
or
Molecular Biology and Genetics

4 credits

3 credits 

BS475
or
CH356
Molecular Biology
or
Molecular Biology and Genetics
3 credits each
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.

Requirements & Expectations

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.