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Minor in Behavioral Neuroscience

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According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the growth outlook for jobs in the medical sciences is greater than average at 13% for 2016-2026 (BLS, 2018). The Department of Psychological Sciences has an active neuroscience lab group and pre-existing coursework that will support the minor proposed below. Students that minor in neuroscience will study the relationship between the brain, learning, and behavior. Students do not need to be a psychology major and should be open to the interdisciplinary nature of neuroscience. To apply for the minor, students must meet with the neuroscience minor coordinator and submit the degree plan form.

Outcomes

Students that are pursuing the minor in neuroscience will:

  • Acquire knowledge of the nervous system and behavior
  • Acquire knowledge of the relationship between the brain and behavior
  • Practice interdisciplinary reading of literature in neuroscience subfields

Prerequisites (C or Better)

The required courses may contain the following prerequisites:

  • General Psychology (PSYC 2301)
  • 8 hours of lab sciences

Required Coursework

Class Number Class Name
NRSC 2345 Biological Psychology
Choose one cell mechanisms course:
BIOL 2300
NRSC 3332

Cell Biology
Neuropsychopharmacology
Choose one learning or cognition course:
PSYC 3301
PSYC 3305

Psychology of Learning
Human Cognitive Processes
Choose one behavior course:
PSYC 3311
NRSC 4303

Behavior Analysis & Behavior Management
Animal Behavior
NRSC 4312 Behavioral Neuroscience
Choose one elective*:
CHEM 1407
PSYC 4388
NRSC/PSYC 4390
NRSC/PSYC 4390

Fundamentals of Chemistry
Undergraduate Research Experience
Pain
Pain and Pleasure

*OR any upper level course (3000 & 4000 level) approved by the neuroscience advisor

All courses are worth three credit hours. Courses cannot count in the student major and minor concurrently.

Please contact Dr. Amber Bozer with any questions.