Individual and Interdisciplinary Studies Programs


Jack Peck, Professor and Coordinator

Since its birth in the 1970s, neuroscience has become a vital interdisciplinary field of training in science. Advances in cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, and psychology have all contributed to the creation of this new field of study. Neuroscientists work in many areas of the basic and clinical sciences.

The minor has both classroom and practicum components, which are divided into five major categories: (1) introduction: behavioral neuroscience and behavioral neuroscience laboratory; (2) specialty area: neurobiology; (3) electives: listed below; (4) practicum: listed below; and (5) capstone: seminar in neuroscience.

Requirements for the minor in neuroscience

To complete the minor, students take the introductory course and lab, one specialty course, one elective course (3 or 4 credits), one practicum (3 credits), and the capstone course. Students must also take one additional course from either the elective (with a minimum of 3 credits) or practicum (with a minimum of 3 credits) categories. No more than 8 credits from courses required by name and number for a major can be applied toward requirements for the minor. Students must have their course of study approved by a minor adviser so that it can be tailored to their major and so that courses with variable credits will not become problematic.

Required courses

PSYC 31100

Behavioral Neuroscience


PSYC 31200

Behavioral Neuroscience Lab


BIOL 31500



IISP 49200

Seminar in Neuroscience


Total, required courses


Restricted electives


BIOC 35300

Biochemistry I (3)

BIOL 20800

Animal Behavior (4)

BIOL 21400

Animal Physiology (4)

BIOL 27800

Environmental Health and Medicine (3)

BIOL 22700

Genetics (4)

BIOL 34500

Developmental Biology (4)

BIOL 35400

Cell Biology (4)

EXSS 32000

Neuromuscular Control (3)

Total, restricted electives



BIOL 30200

Research in Biology (3)

BIOL 40000

Research in Biology (1-3)

PSYC 30100

Methods in Neuroscience (2)

PSYC 30300

Research Team (2)

PSYC 30400

Research Team (2)

PSYC 35200

Independent Supervised Research (1-4)

PSYC 45200

Advanced Independent Research (1-4)

EXSS 45000

Independent Study in ESS (1-3)

EXSS 45100

Independent Study in ESS (1-3)

EXSS 47500

Research Team: ESS (1-3)



Total, minor in neuroscience