Minor in Neuroscience

The minor in neuroscience is administered by the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences and is overseen by the Neuroscience Steering Committee. It is intended to provide formal recognition for students who have concentrated some of their academic work in the interdisciplinary area of neuroscience. The courses come primarily from the Departments of Biological Sciences and Psychological and Brain Sciences. The minor can accommodate majors in either department as well as majors in all other departments. The minor requires six courses: one prerequisite, two required courses, and three electives. One elective must be at the 50s level or higher. Many of the courses may require permission of the instructor in addition to prerequisite courses.

Prerequisite Courses

Must have completed one course:

  • PSYC 6 Introduction to Neuroscience OR
  • BIOL 34 Neurobiology OR
  • PSYC 1 Introductory Psychology

Required Courses

Must complete two core and three elective courses:

Core Courses (2 of the following):

PSYC 46 Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience OR BIOL 12 Cell Structure & Function

PSYC 65 Systems Neuroscience with Laboratory

PSYC 45 Behavioral Neuroscience

Elective Courses (3 courses, one of which must be at the 50s level or higher):

PSYC 21 Perception

PSYC 27 Cognitive Neuroscience

PSYC 45 Behavioral Neuroscience (if not taken as a core course)

PSYC 28 Cognition

PSYC 40 Introduction to computational neuroscience

PSYC 46 Cellular and molecular neuroscience (if not taken as a core course)

PSYC 50s level, 80s level, and other approved electives:  click here

A draft of approved elective courses for next year can be found here: Approved Neuroscience Elective courses for 2015-2016.  Note that this list is currently being updated as we become aware of appropriate courses being offered by other departments and schools. So check back regularly!


  • With permission of the Neuroscience Steering Committee, other courses that are appropriate given the student’s area of specialization may be taken for credit.
  • Required and Elective Courses cannot count toward both the major and minor.