Neuroscience, Behavior, and Cognition Minor

The Neuroscience, Behavior, and Cognition minor is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with the opportunity to explore the biological basis of behavior, consciousness, perception and cognition. All NB&C minors will take two biology and two psychology core courses designed to provide a basic understanding of the scientific data and theories of cognitive activity and the concomitant biological systems that give rise to cognition and behavior. Students are free to choose two electives that will allow further exploration of such topics as cellular and developmental biology, animal behavior, physiology, cognitive and perceptual development, and philosophical psychology. The NB&C minor is an excellent complement to such majors as Psychological Science, Biology, Education, and Computer Science, or for any student interested in the biological workings of the mind.

Neuroscience, Behavior, and Cognition Minor
(18 Credit Hours)

Program Curriculum Requirements:

BIOL 1800 General Biology I 4 cr.
OR    
BIOL 1900 General Biology II 4 cr.
BIOL 2650 Neuroscience 3 cr.
PSY 1100 Intro to Psychological Science 3 cr.
PSY 3550 Cognition 3 cr.
  Total 13 cr.

Electives:

At least two courses, for a minimum of 5 credits, chosen from the following list of electives:

BIOL 1800 General Biology I 4 cr.
BIOL 1900 General Biology II 4 cr.
BIOL 2600 Animal Behavior 4 cr.
BIOL 2800 Genetics 4 cr.
BIOL 3250 Cell Biology 4 cr.
BIOL 3550 Developmental Biology 4 cr.
BIOL 4700 Animal Physiology 4 cr.
PSY 2001 Memory 3 cr.
PSY 2030 Biological Psychology 3 cr.
PSY 3010 Consciousness 3 cr.
PSY 3050 Cognitive Neuroscience 3 cr.
PSY 3415 Sensation and Perception Lab 1 cr.
PSY 3430 Sensation and Perception 3 cr.
PSY 3500 Psychology of Learning 3 cr.
PSY 3501 Psychology of Learning Lab 1 cr.
PSY 3555 Cognition Lab 1 cr.
  Total 5-8 cr.

The following courses listed above require General Biology I: BIOL 2800 Genetics, BIOL 3250 Cell Biology, BIOL 3550 Developmental Biology, BIOL 4700 Animal Physiology,

The following courses listed above require General Biology II: BIOL 2600 Animal Behavior, BIOL 3550 Developmental Biology, BIOL 4700 Animal Physiology.

The following courses listed above require an additional 2000+ biology course: BIOL 3250 Cell Biology, BIOL 3550 Developmental Biology, BIOL 4700 Animal Physiology.

Note for students pursuing the minor in a catalog year prior to 2016-2017: Students who major in Biology or Psychological Science may not apply courses from those disciplines to satisfy both their major requirements and the NB&C minor requirements, and must select the elective courses for the minor from outside their major discipline. Moreover, a Psychological Sciences major must take an additional Biology elective in lieu of General Psychology, even though it is not required for the major. Thus, for a Biology major, 5 of the 6 courses will be in Psychological Science, or all 6 if Neuroscience is used as an elective toward the major. Similarly, for a Psychological Science major, 5 of the 6 courses will be in Biology, or all 6 if Cognition is used as an elective toward the major. The range in credits for required and elective courses and the total credits overall reflects these differences in the curriculum for the minor taken by Biology majors (18 cr) and Psychological Science majors (23 cr).