Minor in Neuroscience

The Minor in Neuroscience is administered by the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences (PBS) and is overseen by the Neuroscience Steering Committee.

The minor in neuroscience is intended to provide formal recognition for students who have concentrated some of their academic work in the interdisciplinary area of neuroscience. The minor can accommodate majors from all other departments, including Biology.


The Neuroscience Minor comprises

  • 1 Prerequisite course
  • 2 Core Courses
  • 3 Elective Courses

See Headings below for details

Prerequisite Courses

Must complete one

  • PSYC 6 Introduction to Neuroscience
  • BIOL 34 Neurobiology


  • The prerequisite course CANNOT be taken as an NRO.
  • For the class of 2022 and beyond, PSYC 1 is no longer accepted as a prerequsite for the Neuroscience minor.

Core Courses

Must complete two

PSYC 45 Behavioral Neuroscience

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

PSYC 65 Systems Neuroscience with Laboratory Note: Online permission form required.


  • Core courses CANNOT be taken as an NRO.

Elective Courses

Must complete three

You may choose from the list below as well as the Approved Neuroscience Elective Course list (see link below). Note: One course must be at the 50s level or higher.

  • PSYC 21 Perception
  • PSYC 27 Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSYC 28 Cognition
  • PSYC 40 Introduction to computational neuroscience
  • PSYC 45 Behavioral Neuroscience (if not taken as a core course)
  • PSYC 46 Cellular and molecular neuroscience (if not taken as a core course)
  • PSYC 50s level, 80s level, and other approved electives:

At the beginning of each academic year, the Neuroscience Steering Committee will announce which other courses qualify for elective credit. Below is a link to the currently approved Electives that count towards the Neuroscience minor.  We recommend that you not save a copy of this pdf to your computer at the beginning of the year, but instead use this link each time you wish to access this list.  This is because we may add classes as the year progresses and those updates will appear here.

PDF iconApproved Neuroscience Elective Courses for 2018-2019 (Updated May 21, 2018)

PDF iconApproved Neuroscience Elective Courses for 2017-2018 (Updated October 4, 2017)

Previously approved courses:

PDF iconApproved Neuroscience Elective Courses for 2016-2017

PDF iconApproved Neuroscience Elective Courses for 2015-2016

Approved Neuroscience Elective courses for 2014-2015

Approved Neuroscience Elective courses for 2013-2014

Approved Neuroscience Elective courses for 2012-2013


  • Elective courses CANNOT be taken as an NRO.
  • While it is highly likely that subsequent offerings of a course would also count as an elective, it is not guaranteed.  This is because the instructor may change and/or the amount of neuro-relevant content may change over time. Please consult each year's list of approved electives to be sure the course you plan to take counts as an elective!
  • With permission of the Neuroscience Steering Committee, other courses that are appropriate given the student's area of specialization may be taken for elective credit.
  • Multiple offerings of Psychology 50, 51, 52, and 80s-level courses of the same number may be taken as long as they cover different topics.
  • Not all 50s, 51s, 52s, and 80s-level courses count for neuroscience credit. In other words, there may be to two courses that are both numbered 'PSYC 83' however, one might be approved for neuroscience elective credit and the other may not. So you MUST consult the list of Approved Neuroscience Elective Courses for each year (via the link above).
  • Students who take Physiology 150 or PEMM 211 should register for Psychology 90 and have permission of the instructor.
  • Courses that are taken as part of another major/minor cannot be used as elective courses for Neuroscience.
  • For permission courses at 60's and 80's level, students should fill out an online permission form (link to permission/checklist form).