Cognitive Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field with a focus on a fundamental mystery of science: how the mind arises from the brain. The Minor in Cognitive Neuroscience, offered by the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, will strengthen the academic record of students who plan to apply for graduate programs. For example, in Psychology this minor will strengthen applicants' records for specializations such as Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical Neuropsychology, Cognitive Psychology, or Psychophysiology. Students might also go into General Neuroscience or Cognitive Science. Pre-med students with a Cognitive Neuroscience minor would present distinctive profiles to medical school admissions offices.

Students in the College of Liberal Arts (including Psychology majors) as well as students in other colleges, schools, and departments may choose to minor in Cognitive Neuroscience. Only the following courses can be double-counted for the Psychology major and the Cognitive Neuroscience minor:

Minors are awarded only at the time of completion of the bachelor's degree and cannot be awarded either as a stand-alone program of study or after completion of the first bachelor's degree.

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Please contact the College of Liberal Arts' Center for Academic Advising for more information on minors, certificates or other CLA programs.


Students must complete successfully the following courses with a grade of C- or better:

Required Courses
PSY 1001Introduction to Psychology3
PSY 1003Statistics for Psychology 13
PSY 1004Critical Thinking in Psychology 13
NSCI 1051Fundamentals of Neuroscience3
PSY 2502Foundations of Cognitive Neuroscience 13
Cognitive Neuroscience Elective Courses
Select two of the following:6
Language and the Brain
CSCD 2219
Functional Neuroanatomy 1
Development/Plasticity/Repair 1
The Neurobiology of Disease 1
Affective Neuroscience 1
Affective Neuroscience
Techniques in Neuroscience 1
Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Mind
Foundations of Behavioral Neuroscience 1
Foundations of Cognitive Psychology 1
Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology 1
Topics: Brain, Behavior and Cognition 1
Problem Solving and Creative Thinking
Human Memory 1
The Science of Sleep 1
Cognitive and Language Development 1
Neuroscience of Development and Aging 1
Social Cognition 1
Psychopharmacology 1
Neurobiology of Learning and Memory 1
Clinical Neuropsychology 1
Independent Study in Cognitive Neuroscience I
Independent Study in Cognitive Neuroscience II 1
Total Credit Hours21

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