Carnegie Mellon University

Neuroscience Minor

The minor in Neuroscience offered by the Department of Biological Sciences is similar to the Cognitive Neuroscience Minor offered by the Department of Psychology.  This minor requires students take 03-362 (Cellular Neuroscience) instead of 85-211 (Cognitive Psychology).

Students in either minor can customize their education by their choice of distribution electives.

Students pursuing the minor in 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.

The requirements for the Neuroscience Minor include 7 courses: four required courses, and three distribution and elective courses.


Required coursework

85-219    Biological Foundations of Behavior
  or 03-161  Molecules to Mind
03-121    Modern Biology
03-362    Cellular Neuroscience   
03-363    Systems Neuroscience

Distribution Requirements

Three Courses, including at least 1 from each of the following two categories

Approaches to Neuroscience

85-355    Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience   
85-412    Cognitive Modeling   
85-414    Cognitive Neuropsychology   
85-419    Introduction to Parallel Distributed Processing   
85-429    Cognitive Brain Imaging   
15-386    Neural Computation   
15-883    Computational Models of Neural Systems   
36-746    Statistical Methods for Neuroscience is also a possible choice offered intermittently

Cognitive Neuroscience Electives   

03-260    Neurobiology of Disease
03-364    Developmental Neuroscience  
03-365    Neural Correlates of Learning & Memory
15-486    Artificial Neural Networks   
85-211    Cognitive Psychology*
85-356    Music and Mind: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Sound   
85-370    Perception   
85-390    Human Memory   
85-406    Autism: Psychological and Neuroscience Perspectives   

*NOTE: 85-213 may be used instead of 85-211 when offered

NOTE: Because the curriculum within this minor may overlap with some degree requirements, no more than 2 courses fulfilling Neuroscience Minor requirements may count towards the requirements of a student’s major or other minor.