Carnegie Mellon University

The Minor in Psychology

The minor in Psychology is available to all students across the university.  Students in the minor can customize their education by their choice of coursework with the required 8 courses.  Students pursuing the minor in psychology will:
  • Acquire foundational knowledge about the psychological theories and questions that characterize the field.
  • Understand the application of the scientific method to the study of human behavior.
  • Learn to critically assess the connections between research results, hypotheses, and theories.
  • Gain expertise in active research areas in the discipline.

Psychology Minor Requirements

  • 3 Psychology Survey Courses
  • 2 Semester Statistics Sequence
  • 1 Research Methods Course
  • 2 Advanced Psychology Courses

The Minor in Cognitive Neuroscience

The minor in Cognitive Neuroscience is available to all students across the university.  The minor in Cognitive Neuroscience offered by the Department of Psychology is similar to the Neuroscience Minor offered by the Department of Biological Sciences.  The Cognitive Neuroscience minor requires students take 85-211 (Cognitive Psychology) instead of 03-362 (Cellular Neuroscience).  Students in either minor can customize their education by their choice of distribution electives taking a total of 7 courses.

Students pursuing the minor in Cognitive Neuroscience will:

  • Acquire foundational knowledge of the basic biological foundations of the nervous system, from the cellular through systems levels.
  • Understand the effects of basic neurological function on behavior, including cognition.
  • Gain an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of the field of neuroscience.

Cognitive Neuroscience Minor Requirements

  • Modern Biology
  • Systems Neuroscience
  • Biological Foundations of Behavior
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • 3 courses from the distribution course list