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2024 - 2025 College Catalog 
2024 - 2025 College Catalog

Neuroscience Minor

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Neuroscience investigates the molecular, cellular, and genetic aspects of nervous system functioning as well as their influences on behavior. The major in neuroscience allows for the exploration of the brain from primarily a biological, chemical, and psychological perspective. The understanding of neuroscience requires knowledge about the function of neurons and the function of various brain regions and their relation to behavior. It also requires a grasp of the methodology behind neuroscientific research, including development, analysis, and interpretation of empirical studies. The major places a strong emphasis on scaffolded, directed research experiences within neuroscience. In addition, the neuroscience major creates an environment where faculty and students work collaboratively on neuroscience-related research questions.

Any student with an interest in pursuing the neuroscience major should consult with the program chair. Students are encouraged to declare their major by the end of the sophomore year. Students should also seek an adviser, whether formal or informal, from participating faculty.

Degree Requirements

General College Requirements

Course Requirements

All requirements in a major discipline of study. At least 20 credit hours in courses approved for the neurosciences, with a grade of C or above, including:

Required courses (8 Credits)

Elective Courses (12 Credits)

12 credit hours of upper-level elective credits selected from the following list with the following stipulations:

  • Electives must originate from at least two disciplines (BIOL, CHEM, NEUR, PHIL, PSYC).
  • A completed neuroscience St. Mary’s Project or neuroscience internship may be substituted for NEUR 302  with the approval of the Coordinator.

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