Neuroscience Minor

Department website: neuroscience.sewanee.edu/

Steering Committee

Professor Palisano, Biology
Associate Professor Bateman, Psychology
Assistant Professor A. Summers, Biology
Assistant Professor Sharma, Chemistry
Assistant Professor Siegel, Psychology, Chair

Mission Statement for the Neuroscience Minor: A minor in Neuroscience allows students to consider how brain-function relates to behavior, and to explore one of the most compelling scientific frontiers in understanding ourselves and our actions. The minor examines the nervous system and its contribution to our experiences through a truly interdisciplinary approach. Students are required to take courses in both Psychology and Biology, and are highly encouraged to explore related courses within Chemistry, Computer Science, and Philosophy.

The goal of the Neuroscience minor is to encourage students to critically evaluate how the brain functions from the molecular and cellular level, and how these processes affect behavior. The Neuroscience minor is ideal for students with an interest in any neuroscience-related field. The minor will prepare students for graduate study in neuroscience or related fields, and is also a good preparation for those planning to pursue a career in medicine and related disciplines.

Requirements for the minor: Students in the Neuroscience minor must complete a total of six courses. Four courses are required. At least two more elective courses must be completed from the list of electives. Note that two Psychology courses are required as prerequisites to the required courses in Neuroscience.

Required courses (four)
Biol 133: Introductory Cell and Molecular Biology
Psyc 254: Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience (Psyc 100 or 101 prerequisite)
Psyc 349: Drugs and Behavior (Psyc 254 prerequisite)
Psyc 359: Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience (includes a lab; Psyc 251 and Psyc 254 prerequisite)

Elective courses (a minimum of two courses)
Biol 233: Intermediate Cell and Molecular Biology
Biol/Chem 307: Mechanistic Biochemistry
Biol 318 or 328: Molecular Revolutions in Medicine (with or without a lab)
Biol 330 or 331: Immunology (with or without a lab)
Biol 333: Developmental Biology
Biol 388 or 389: Epigenetics (with or without a lab)
Chem 120: General Chemistry (Chem 102 or Chem 111 may be substituted)
Chem 202: Organic Chemistry II
Chem 417: Advanced Biochemistry
CprS 290: Data Mining
CprS 356: Artificial Intelligence
Phil 235: Medical Ethics
Psyc 208 or 358: Cognitive Psychology (with or without a lab)
Psyc 357: Child Development
Psyc 483: Cognitive Neuroscience (Sewanee-At-Yale Directed Research Program)
Psyc 490: Principles of Neuroscience (Sewanee-At-Yale Directed Research Program)
Psyc 491: Neurobiology of Emotion (Sewanee-At-Yale Directed Research Program)
Psyc 492: History of Modern Neuroscience (Sewanee-At-Yale Directed Research Program)