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2019-2020 Catalog 
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Life scientists have come to recognize that an understanding of how the brain, the “organ of consciousness,” functions and endows human beings with the capacity to know, to feel, and to value, requires a multidisciplinary research effort. The Neuroscience Interdisciplinary Minor introduces students to a field of science that has experienced an explosion of information and technological innovation. It provides students with a model for understanding how the conventional boundaries separating disciplines appearing to be incompatible can evaporate when new intellectual challenges confront us. In keeping with the liberal arts tradition, the interdisciplinary minor provides students with an opportunity to explore another dimension of our humanity-the biological substrate of all our moral and mental faculties.

Neuroscience Major

To major in Neuroscience, students must apply for the major through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies prior to spring break of their sophomore year.  Application information can be found on the CIS website.



The Neuroscience major requires 12 courses, including:

  1. Three Core Courses
  2. Three Psychology Courses
    (Select three from the following list, including one 200-level and one 300-level course.)
  3. Three Biology and Biochemistry Courses
    (Select three from the following list, including two that offer a laboratory component.)
  4. One Statistics & Research Design Course (Select one.)
  5. Thesis (Both courses are required.)
  6.  Recommended Courses


Neuroscience Interdisciplinary Minor

Application Procedures

The Neuroscience Interdisciplinary Minor is administered by the Neuroscience Advisory Committee. The faculty liaison is Dr. Julio Ramirez. Students shall submit a written proposal to the Advisory Committee by the last day of the spring semester of the junior year. The proposal should specify the courses that will be used to satisfy the interdisciplinary minor requirements. If any of the courses are to be independent studies, research courses, or seminars, the student must provide the Advisory Committee with a complete description of that course before the semester of enrollment. Certification of completion of all requirements for the interdisciplinary minor is made by the Registrar upon recommendation of the Neuroscience Advisory Committee.


The Neuroscience Interdisciplinary minor requires a minimum of six courses and involves two components:

Required Courses

  1. Students must take:
  2. Students must take at least one of the following two courses.  Taking both is highly recommended.  If both are taken, one may be counted as an elective toward the interdisciplinary minor.

Elective Courses

At least three electives chosen from a list annually reviewed and approved by the Neuroscience Advisory Committee (one from outside the student’s major–and only one–must be independent study/research.)

Additional Information

No more than two courses in the interdisciplinary minor may also be counted toward the major.  A grade of “C” or higher is required in all courses applied toward the interdisciplinary minor.

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