Neuroscience Minor

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Neuroscience Minor
The neuroscience minor offers a program of study in the fields of knowledge important to an understanding of brain function.  It addresses fascinating questions, many of which attempt to relate brain processes with cognitive processes such as thoughts, emotions, language, memories, and consciousness. In addition, neuroscience tries to unravel the mysteries of the molecular world and understand how cells develop and repair themselves as evidenced by the recent advances in cellular biology and genetics.

Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field drawing on the work of scientists in psychology, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and other fields. Scientists with interests that range from the microscopic structure of the neuron and its biochemical processes to the macroscopic organization of the brain and its relation to cognitions, emotions, and behavior work together toward a common goal--to provide answers to our most pressing personal and societal problems. Neuroscience is predicated on the belief that science is changing from an individualistic enterprise to one that necessitates coalitions of professionals from different disciplines to work together on complex problems. 

The neuroscience minor will provide students with:

  1. A broadly based yet integrated education, focused on the relationship between human and nonhuman behavior and biology
  2. Hands-on laboratory experience to help develop scientific skills, techniques, and methods frequently used by the neuroscientific community
  3. A program that promotes critical thinking, analysis, and problem-solving skills in contemporary areas of neuroscience that will stimulate students' interest by engaging them in the process of "doing" scientific experiments

The neuroscience minor will prepare students for graduate studies in the neurosciences as well as make them better prepared to contribute in a variety of work-related occupations.

  • Biotechnology
  • Nursing
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Psychiatric health-care
  • Biomedicine
  • Cognitive rehabilitation
  • Research lab assistant

In terms of preparation for graduate school, this minor will provide valuable preparation for the following disciplines:

  • Biopsychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Medical school
  • Psychiatry
  • Health psychology & public health
  • Neuroscience
  • Neurology
  • Veterinary medicine

Requirements for the Minor in Neuroscience
The minor in neuroscience offers an introduction to the study of brain function. It is an interdisciplinary program in human and nonhuman behaviors drawing from departments of psychology, biology, chemistry, mathematics and kinesiology.

Required Courses (16 credits)
BIO316 Modern Genetics or BIO312 Animal Physiology
KIN450 Neurophysiological Basis for Movement
PSY349 Physiological Psychology and Lab
PSY475 Neuroscience Seminar
Select 8 credits from the courses listed below:
Cellular and Molecular Emphasis
BIO/KIN213 Human Anatomy and Physiology
BIO321 Molecular Cell Biology and Microscopy
BIO323 Developmental Biology
CHE111 Principles of Chemistry I
CHE211 Organic Chemistry I
Behavioral/Cognitive Emphasis
PSY250 Psychology of Memory
PSY281 Drugs and Behavior
PSY342 Cognitive Psychology
PSY347  Animal Behavior
KIN310 Motor Control and Learning
KIN350 Disorders of Voluntary Movement
KIN492 Research