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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 to complete the minor. At least three of the classes cannot be counted towards the student’s 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. The six courses must include:

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.

  • Bio 240 Vertebrate Physiology
  • Bio 224 Genetic Analysis
  • Bio 226 Cell Biology
  • Bio 378 Animal Behavior
  • Bio 221 Molecular Biology
  • Cog Sci 230 Mind, Brain, and Behavior
  • Cog Sci 242 Computational Approaches to Cognition
  • Cog Sci 292 Brain Plasticity
  • Kines 301 Human Anatomy II (Neuroanatomy & organ systems)
  • Psyc 302 Perception
  • Psyc 334 Health Psychology
  • Psyc 336 Evolutionary Psychology


Neuro courses

Multidisciplinary area of study using various departmental courses above


Regular Faculty

Renee Baran

Associate Professor, Biology; Advisory Committee, Biochemistry; Advisory Committee, Neuroscience

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

Nancy Dess

Professor, Psychology; Advisory Committee, Kinesiology; Advisory Committee, Neuroscience

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

Carmel Levitan

Assistant Professor, Cognitive Science

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

Diana Card 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

Aleksandra Sherman

Assistant Professor, Cognitive Science

B.A., Rutgers University; Ph.D., Northwestern University

Kerry Thompson

Associate Professor, Biology; Advisory Committee, Biochemistry

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