Neuroscience

Overview

Neuroscience is the study of the brain and nervous system. It encompasses questions about the structure and function of the nervous system, neural development and plasticity, and how behaviors and cognition arise from the brain. Neuroscience is an inherently multidisciplinary area of study, integrating approaches from a diverse set of fields at many levels of analysis.

Minor Requirements

COURSEWORK

Students must complete six neuroscience-related courses to complete the minor. At least three of the classes cannot be counted towards the student’s major and must be classes offered by departments outside the student’s major department. Electives from outside departments allowed for a student’s major cannot be double-counted for the Neuroscience minor.

Two introductory courses from different departments selected from the following:

BIO 130Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology

4

COGS 101Introduction to Cognitive Science

4

COGS 104Introduction to Neuroscience

4

PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology

4

Methods or Statistics Requirement

One methods or statistics course selected from the following:

BIO 268Biostatistics

4

PSYC 200Methods in Psychological Science

4

COGS 201Empirical Methods in Cognitive Science

4

Neuroscience Elective I:

At least two courses selected from the following and offered by different departments. Please note that the only PSYC 490 that applies to the Neuroscience minor is the seminar taught by Dr. Dess or Dr. Chapman.

BIO 320Developmental Biology

4

BIO 333Neurobiology

4

BIO 340Advanced Animal Physiology

4

COGS 320Cognitive Neuroscience

4

PSYC 322Physiological Psychology

4

PSYC 403Psychophysiology

4

PSYC 490Contemporary Topics Seminar

4

Students looking to use PSYC 322 to satisfy a minor requirement must also successfully complete PSYC 322L.

Neuroscience Elective II:

A final elective class can be selected from the 300 level classes listed above in Core Courses or one of the following 200- or 300-level classes in Biology, Cognitive Science, Kinesiology or Psychology.

BIO 221Molecular Biology

4

BIO 224Genetic Analysis

4

BIO 226Cell Biology

4

BIO 240Vertebrate Physiology

4

BIO 378Animal Behavior

4

COGS 230Mind, Brain, and Behavior

4

COGS 242Computational Approaches to Cognition

4

COGS 292Brain Plasticity

4

KINE 301Human Anatomy II

4

PSYC 302Perception

4

PSYC 334Health Psychology

4

PSYC 336Evolutionary Psychology

4

Faculty

Regular Faculty

Renee Baran

Associate Professor, Biology; Advisory Committee, Biochemistry; Advisory Committee, Neuroscience

B.A., Macalester College; Ph.D., UC Berkeley

Nancy Dess

Professor, Psychology; Advisory Committee, Kinesiology; Advisory Committee, Neuroscience

B.A., UCLA Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Carmel Levitan

Associate Professor, Cognitive Science; Advisory Committee, Neuroscience

B.A., Stanford University; Ph.D., UC Berkeley

Diana Card Linden

Professor, Cognitive Science; Advisory Committee, Neuroscience

A.B., M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Anne Schell

Professor, Psychology; Advisory Committee, Neuroscience

B.S., Baylor University; M.A., Ph.D., USC

Joseph Schulz

Associate Professor, Biology; Advisory Committee, Biochemistry; Advisory Committee, Neuroscience

B.S., Indiana University; Ph.D., UC San Diego

Aleksandra Sherman

Assistant Professor, Cognitive Science; Advisory Committee, Neuroscience

B.A., Rutgers University; Ph.D., Northwestern University

Kerry Thompson

Associate Professor, Biology; Advisory Committee, Biochemistry; Advisory Committee, Neuroscience

B.A., M.A., Ph.D., UCLA