Requirements for the Neuroscience Minor

  • Core Courses (three courses required): Only one of Biology 125 or 126 can be applied. Psychology 216 also requires completion of Psychology 217. AP Biology does not count.
    • BIOL 125 Genes, Evolution, and Development and Lab
    • BIOL 125 Genes, Evolution, and Development: A Problem Solving Approach and Lab
    • BIOL 126 Energy Flow in Biological Systems and Lab
    • BIOL 386 Neurobiology
    • NEUR 127 Foundations in Neuroscience
    • PSYC 216 Behavioral Neuroscience
    • PSYC 217 Laboratory Research Methods in Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Capstone (3 credits):
    • NEUR 395 Neuroscience Capstone Seminar
  • Electives (three courses required):
    • At least one course directly related to neuroscience
    • At least one that is related and relevant to the field.
    • The third elective must be outside the student's major.
      See Neuroscience webpage to see which courses will complete which requirement.
      • BIOL 240 Genetics
      • BIOL 252 Environmental Animal Physiology
      • BIOL 332 Human Physiology
      • BIOL 333 Human Physiology Laboratory
      • BIOL 342 Animal Developmental Biology
      • BIOL 343 Animal Developmental Biology Laboratory
      • BIOL 365 Topics in Neuroscience
      • BIOL 368 Seminar: Developmental Neurobiology
      • BIOL 379 Seminar: Behavioral Genetics (not offered in 2017-18)
      • CS 254 Computability and Complexity
      • CS 321 Artificial Intelligence
      • MUSC 227 Perception and Cognition of Music (not offered in 2017-18)
      • PSYC 218 Hormones, Brain, and Behavior
      • PSYC 220 Sensation and Perception
      • PSYC 221 Laboratory Research Methods in Sensation and Perception
      • PSYC 260 Health Psychology
      • PSYC 263 Sleep and Dreaming
      • PSYC 267 Clinical Neuroscience (not offered in 2017-18)
      • PSYC 318 Psychopharmacology (not offered in 2017-18)
      • PSYC 366 Cognitive Neuroscience (not offered in 2017-18)
      • PSYC 369 Neurochemistry of Love and Sex (not offered in 2017-18)
      • PSYC 370 Behavioral Neuroimmunology
      • PSYC 371 Evolutionary and Developmental Trends in Cognition
      • PSYC 379 Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (not offered in 2017-18)

NEUR 127 Foundations in Neuroscience This course is an introduction to basic neural function. Topics include neural transmission, development of the nervous system, anatomy, sensory systems, learning and the corresponding change in the brain, and the role of the nervous system in behavior. Team-based learning will be used to understand the experiments that shape current knowledge.


  6 credits; NE, QRE; Spring; Brielle M Bjorke, Sarah H Meerts

NEUR 395 Neuroscience Capstone Seminar This capstone seminar will cover current approaches and techniques in the field of neuroscience. Guest speakers and Carleton faculty in neuroscience and related areas will present their research. 3 credits; S/CR/NC; NE; Spring; Brielle M Bjorke