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Neuroscience Minor

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Coordinator: Dr. Matthew Schmolesky
Location: Social Science 356
Telephone: 801-626-8745

Neuroscience is the interdisciplinary scientific study of the central and peripheral nervous systems in an effort to understand the biological basis of behavior, thinking, emotion, memory, and perception.

  • Credit Hour Requirements: A minimum of 19 credit hours as described below.
  • Grade Requirements: A grade of “C” or better in courses used toward the Minor (a grade of “C-” is not acceptable).

Course Requirements for Minor

For advisement contact the Neuroscience Program Coordinator who will help you select courses which will compliment your major.

To complete the Neuroscience Minor, the student must at complete a minimum of 19 credit hours as follows: a) Introduction to Neuroscience (NEUR 2050 ), b) one course each from the three content areas (Cognitive/Behavioral, Cellular/Molecular, and Clinical/Medical), c) a Capstone Experience course, and d) 3 credits of electives. Students that have not already completed ZOOL 1110 - Principles of Zoology I  as part of their major will also need to complete this course before taking the Cellular and Molecular area requirement. Thus, completion of the Neuroscience Minor may require 23 credit hours for some students. With approval of the Neuroscience Director and the applicable Department Chair, students may apply a maximum of 4 credits from one of the required courses of either Area 3 or Area 5 towards both their minor and major to offset the number of prerequisites necessary for courses in these areas. Only one course total may be applied to the minor and major, and only after the appropriate approvals have been received.

2. Cognitive and Behavioral Area: 1 of the below

3. Cellular and Molecular Area: 1 of the below

5. Capstone Course/Integrative Experience:

3 credits from the options below

To satisfy the capstone requirement, the student must complete 3 credits of upper-division, a) Directed Readings, b) Research, or c) a senior-level seminar course. Regardless of which option is taken, the student must complete a ~20 page paper and an oral report that demonstrates integration of the many neuroscience disciplines and concepts (eg cellular/ molecular, neural circuits/systems, cognitive/behavioral, and clinical/ medical). Students must complete NEUR 2050  and two other required Minor courses before attempting to fulfill the Area 5 Capstone requirement. In addition, the Neuroscience Director and the faculty mentor must approve in writing in advance the course chosen by the student to complete this requirement for the minor.

Directed Readings Options


* Prerequisites: PSY 1010 , PSY 3600  (Statistics), and PSY 3610  (Research Methods) or equivalent, and faculty mentor permission.

** Prerequisites: ZOOL 1110  and ZOOL 1120 , and approval of instructor.

Electives: 3 credits minimum from the electives listed below


Consult the WSU course catalog for prerequisites to the elective courses listed above.

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