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:
- advancing understanding of nervous systems and the part they play in determining behavior.
- providing students with multidisciplinary training and perspectives needed to approach issues of interest in the broad area of the biological support of behavior.
The learning objectives of the program include fostering in students:
- an understanding of theories, concepts, and research findings within the field of behavioral neuroscience.
- the usage of appropriate methodologies to develop knowledge and to examine questions within the field of behavioral neuroscience.
- the ability to apply a knowledge base to phenomena within the field of behavioral neuroscience.
- an awareness and an adoption of values and ethical standards shared by professionals within the field of behavioral neuroscience.
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.
The following 3 core courses are required:
- PSY 205: Neuroscience Foundations (OR) BIO 412: Neurobiology
- PSY 206: Behavioral Neuroscience (with lab: PSY 340L)
- PSY 207: Cognitive Neuroscience
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:
|402||Advanced Cell Biology|
|210||Organic Chemistry I|
|215||Organic Chemistry II|
|430||Mechanisms in Organic Chemistry|
|121||Computer Science II|
|261||Principles of Programming Languages|
|362||Intro to Artificial Intelligence|
|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|
|101||General Physics I|
|102||General Physics II|
|105||University Physics I|
|253||Survey of Nanotechnology|
|322||Philosophy of Science|
|473||Science, Mind and Philosophy|
|201||Biological Basis of Behavior|
|220||Sensation and Perception|
|221||Animal Learning and Memory|
|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:
- Coursework includes a substantive treatment of brain/behavior relationships.
- Coursework includes a substantive treatment of methodology, techniques, and approaches relevant to neuroscience.
- Coursework in other ways contributes to an understanding of the relationship between nervous systems and behavior or other issues typically addressed by neuroscientists.
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.