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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.


Students must complete six neuroscience-related courses. At least three of the classes cannot be counted towards the 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 130 Introductory Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Cog Sci 101 Introduction to Cognitive Science
  • Cog Sci 104 Introduction to Neuroscience
  • Psych 101 Introduction to Psychology

One methods or statistics course selected from the following:

  • Bio 268 Biostatistics OR
  • Psych 200 Methods in Psychological Science OR
  • Cog Sci 310 Research Methods in Cognitive Science

At least two courses selected from the following and offered by different departments:

  • Bio 320 Developmental Biology
  • Bio 333 Neurobiology
  • Bio 340 Advanced Animal Physiology
  • Cog Sci 320 Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Psych 322 with Lab Physiological Psychology
  • Psych 403 Psychophysiology
  • Psych 490 Contemporary Topics Seminar (taught by Dess or Schell)

Remaining class can be selected from the 300 level classes listed above or the following 200- or 300-level classes in Biology, Cognitive Science, Kinesiology or Psychology.


Neuro Courses

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Regular Faculty

Renee Baran

Associate Professor, Biology; Advisory Committee, Biochemistry

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

Nancy Dess

Professor, Psychology; Advisory Committee, Kinesiology

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

Carmel Levitan

Assistant Professor, Cognitive Science

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

Diana Linden

Professor, Cognitive Science

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

Anne Schell

Professor, Psychology

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

Joseph Schulz

Associate Professor, Biology; Advisory Committee, Biochemistry

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

Kerry Thompson

Associate Professor, Biology; Advisory Committee, Biochemistry

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