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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Neuroscience Minor

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Location: Department of Biological Sciences, SC 204

Telephone: 859-572-5110

Fax: 859-572-5639

Email Address: curranc1@nku.edu

Web Address: http://www.nku.edu/academics/artsci/programs/undergraduate/Neuroscience.html

Program Director: Christine Curran, Department of Biological Sciences

Other Faculty:

Mark Bardgett, Department of Psychological Science, Rudy Garns, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Philosophy; Kevin Kirby, Department of Computer Science; Cecile Marczinski, Department of Psychological Science, Monica Wakefield, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Philosophy, Lindsey Walters, Department of Biological Sciences, Ty Brumback, Department of Psychological Science, Lauren Williamson, Department of Biological Sciences, Justin Yates, Department of Psychological Science

Neuroscience represents an emerging integrative scientific discipline that seeks to: (1) better understand nervous system structure and function, and (2) use this knowledge to better understand mental processing and behavior. In addressing these goals, neuroscience borrows from an array of disciplines including physics, chemistry, biology, psychology, computer science, philosophy, anthropology, mathematics, pharmacology, and education. In turn, the knowledge gained through neuroscience research can advance the fields of medicine, biology, pharmacology, psychology, education, social work, forensics, marketing, and computer science, among others.

Students participating in the minor program will be introduced to a variety of perspectives on the field of neuroscience. These perspectives include neurobiology, evolution of mind/brain, theories of mind, behavioral neuroscience, psychopharmacology, cognitive science, computational neuroscience, animal behavior, linguistics, and perception. The neuroscience minor may be an attractive addition to a major in natural science, mathematics, computer science, social science, or humanities, and it should enable students to address issues and dilemmas in their major field from a neuroscience perspective. It may also better prepare students who are considering graduate study in fields impacted by neuroscience, such as medicine, psychology, education, chemistry, biology, pharmacology, computer science, philosophy, and social work.

In choosing electives, students must choose two from outside of their major. Psychology majors can apply only six hours of minor coursework to their major. It is strongly recommended that students enroll in NEU courses as electives.  Students must earn a grade of C- or better in all courses applied toward certification of the minor and a cumulative 2.0 GPA in those courses.

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Requirements for Minor (23 credits)

Select three courses totaling 9 hours or more from the following

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