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

This checklist will guide you in preparing a succesful request for approval of your minor plan.

Prerequisite Course

  • PSYC 6 Introduction to Neuroscience


  • 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.
Must complete two

Core Courses

  • PSYC 35 (Previously offered as PSYC 46) Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience OR BIOL 12 Cell Structure & Function
  • PSYC 36 (Previously offered as PSYC 65) Systems Neuroscience with Laboratory
  • PSYC 37 (Previously offered as PSYC 45) Behavioral Neuroscience


  • Core courses CANNOT be taken as an NRO.
Must complete three

Elective Courses

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 28 Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC 35 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience (if not taken as a core course)
  • PSYC 37 Behavioral Neuroscience (if not taken as a core course)
  • PSYC 38 (Previously offered as PSYC 27) Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSYC 40 Introduction to Computational Neuroscience
  • 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.

Approved Neuroscience Elective Courses for 2021-2022 (Updated October 14, 2021)

Previously approved courses:

​​Approved Neuroscience Elective Courses for 2020-2021

Approved Neuroscience Elective Courses for 2019-2020

Approved Neuroscience Elective Courses for 2018-2019

Approved Neuroscience Elective Courses for 2017-2018

Approved Neuroscience Elective Courses for 2016-2017

Approved Neuroscience Elective Courses for 2015-2016

Approved Neuroscience Elective courses for 2014-2015


  • 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.
  • Not all 50s, 51s, 52s, and 80s-level courses count for neuroscience credit.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.