Requirements for the Minor in Neuroscience

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Requirements for the Minor in Neuroscience

The minor requires a minimum of seventeen hours, nine of which must include the Neuroscience courses (200, 201 300, 391) described below. At least one semester of research in neuroscience is required for the minor (NEU 391). The research can be conducted on the Reynolda campus or with investigators at the Wake Forest University Medical School. The research project must be approved by a member of the Neuroscience Minor faculty. Eight hours must come from the elective courses listed below. (See course descriptions under appropriate listings.) One of the elective courses must come from outside the student’s major department.

Neuroscience Courses

NEU 200. Introduction to Neuroscience. (3 hours) An interdisciplinary course taught by faculty representing several fields. Topics include neurophysiology, sensory biology, motor mechanisms, neuropharmacology, cognitive neuroscience, perception, neural networks and the philosophy of mind.

NEU 201. Neuroscience Laboratory. (1H) A laboratory course that will examine principles of neruoscience ranging from the molecular and cellular to the behavioral and cognitive. Lab – three hours. C – Neuroscience 200.

NEU 300. Neuroscience Seminars. (3 hours) Consideration of current neuroscience topics. Presentations of current research by faculty on the Reynolda Campus or the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Readings from the primary literature will accompany the presentations. P-Neuroscience 200.

NEU 391. Research in Neuroscience. (2 hours) Supervised independent laboratory investigation in neuroscience.

Elective Courses

(8 hours minimum)

BIO 323. Animal Behavior (4 hours)
BIO 324. Hormones and Behavior (3 hours)
BIO 325 Chronobiology (3 hours)
BIO 346. Neurobiology (4 hours)
BIO 351. Vertebrate Physiology (4 hours)
BIO 352. Developmental Neuroscience (4 hours)
BIO 353 Functional Neuroanatomy (3 hours)
BIO 354. Vertebrate Endocrinology (3 hours)
BIO 364. Sensory Biology (4 hours)
BIO 374. Neuropharmacology (3 hours)
CSC 371. Artificial Intelligence (3 hours)
EDU311   Learning & Cognitive Science  (3h)
HES 312. Exercise and Health Psychology (3 hours)
HES 350 Human Physiology (3 hours)
LIN  330.Introduction to Psycholinguistics and Language Acquisition (3h)
PHI 374. Philosophy of Mind (3 hours)
PSY  243 Biopsychology (3 hours)
PSY 248 Cognitive Psychology (3 hours)
PSY 320. Physiological Psychology (3 hours)
PSY 322. Psychopharmacology (3 hours)
PSY 323. Animal Behavior (3 hours)
PSY 326. Learning Theory and Research (3 hours)
PSY 329. Perception (3 hours)
PSY 331. Research in Cognitive Psychology (3 hours)
PSY 333. Motivation of Behavior (3 hours)
PSY 338. Emotion

Note: Many of these courses have prerequisites, in some cases including introductory biology, psychology or chemistry.


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