Department of Psychology


Behavioral neuroscience is a field of endeavor that uses interdisciplinary approaches to study and understand the interaction of brain processes and complex behaviors, human and animal. It is an integration of traditional disciplines as diverse as biology, chemistry, computer science, philosophy, and psychology. The behavioral neuroscience minor is intended to be a first step for undergraduate students contemplating professional, academic, and/or research careers in neurosciences and related fields.

The mission of the behavioral neuroscience minor includes:

The learning objectives of the program include fostering in students:

Students complete the Behavioral Neurosciences with six courses: 3 "core" courses, and 3 electives. Note that many of these courses will also satisfy coursework in the students' major.

Core Courses
The following 3 core courses are required:

  1. PSY 205: Neuroscience Foundations (OR) BIO 412: Neurobiology
  2. PSY 206: Behavioral Neuroscience (with lab: PSY 340L)
  3. PSY 207: Cognitive Neuroscience

Elective Courses
To ensure the interdisciplinary nature of the program, students wishing to complete the minor must select elective courses offered by at least one participating department other than their own major.

Courses currently offered by the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Education/Special Education, Interdisciplinary Health Services, Philosophy, Physics, and Psychology that might support the proposed minor are listed below. Students must complete at least three electives, chosen from among:

101 Cells
401 Animal Behavior
402 Advanced Cell Biology
405 Biochemistry
411 Molecular Genetics
412 Neurobiology
417 Systemic Physiology
210 Organic Chemistry I
215 Organic Chemistry II
340 Biochemistry
430 Mechanisms in Organic Chemistry
480 Inorganic Biochemistry
Computer Science
121 Computer Science II
201 Data Structures
202 Computer Architecture
261 Principles of Programming Languages
342 Computer Vision
362 Intro to Artificial Intelligence
Education/Special Education
160 Introduction to Special Education
310 Assessment: Identification and Progress Monitoring
330 Educating Students with Low Incidence Disabilities
Interdisciplinary Health Services
110 Psychological Aspects of Health, Illness & Disability
253 Nutrition: Health and Disease
263 Theories of Addiction & Addictive Behavior
357 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
458 Epidemiology
101 General Physics I
102 General Physics II
105 University Physics I
253 Survey of Nanotechnology
261 Electronics I
419 Biophysics
322 Philosophy of Science
473 Science, Mind and Philosophy
201 Biological Basis of Behavior
220 Sensation and Perception
221 Animal Learning and Memory
222 Neuropsychology
223 Health Psychology
224 Psychopharmacology
225 Comparative Animal Behavior
226 Psychology of Emotion

Students may petition the Behavioral Neurosciences Advisory Board to receive credit for courses not listed above. The determination of the appropriateness of courses for inclusion in the minor will be made by the director of the program, in consultation with an advisory board. Courses may be taken for Behavioral Neuroscience credit only if the student's work in the class meets one or more of the following criteria:

As an assessment of a course's contribution to the student's growth and development as a neuroscientist, the student will typically be required to write a research paper or other substantive project, the focus of which is a topic within the broad discipline of behavioral neuroscience, as part of his/her coursework.

If you wish to declare a psychology minor, please complete the Minor Form and bring it to Post Hall 222 for review with Dr. Schatz. For the current advising office hours, please check Dr. Schatz's Dr. Schatz's online schedule, or the schedule posted in the Psychology Department lobby on the second floor of Post Hall.