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Neuroscience Minor

humanBrainNeuroscience is an interdisciplinary field that employs methods and theories from biology, chemistry,  computer science, physics, psychology, philosophy, and other fields to understand the brain, behavior, and the mind.  The study of neuroscience can prepare students for graduate studies or professional work in areas such as pharmacology, nursing, medicine, physical therapy, cognitive neuroscience, behavioral genetics, animal behavior, computer science, rehabilitation psychology, and clinical psychology.  

    Dr. Huda Akil, past President of the Society for Neuroscience, has stated that ”being educated about your brain, and how it works, and how it affects how you think and feel and function and interact with others, is very helpful…. It is a nonjudgmental way of helping people understand more about themselves…. This is a great time for neuroscience.”

    dendriticspinesThe interdisciplinary Neuroscience Minor, implemented in Fall 2004, is designed to be compatible with any Bachelors degree major within the College of Letters and Science.  It requires a minimum of 21 credits, drawing from Biology, Computer Science, Philosophy, and Psychology course offerings.  Courses taken MAY double-count for the chosen major and the Neuroscience minor.  A minimum GPA of 2.00 must be earned in all courses required for the minor.


SPRING 2016: Dr. Aaron Karst will again be offering a Special Topics in Psychology course (PSY 490), on the "Neuropsychology of Autism", his research area. This course WILL count as Neuro Minor elective credits.  Contact Dr. Karst about enrolling ( Course description:

Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder characterized by specific behavioral manifestations and involves a multitude of cognitive impairments of which the neurobiological bases are still ill defined. This course will begin by briefly studying the history of Autism followed by the observable behavioral features used for diagnosis. The majority of the course will focus on the neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience of the spectrum. Readings will come from primary sources within the field that have made significant contributions to our current understanding of the disorder. Students will be expected to lead class sessions, interact in discussions and prepare a term paper.

Neuroscience Minor Faculty:


Dr. Aaron Karst of the Psychology Department - POLK45, x7172,

Dr. Jim Koch of the Psychology Department - POLK51, x2303,

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