Students pursuing the cognitive neuroscience minor must take six psychology courses, including PY151, and any five of the following upper-level PY courses: PY253 Social Psychology, PY255 Cognitive Psychology and any PY courses numbered 300 or above. Note that the directed research and internship can only count for one of the upper-level PY elective courses.

Required Courses

Required Basic Science Courses

  • PY151 Introduction to Psychology (3 cr.)
  • BY140 Biology I: Inheritance, Evolution and Diversity (3 cr.)
  • BY142 Biology I Laboratory (2 cr.)
  • BY160 Biology II: Cellular and Molecular Biology (3 cr.)
  • BY162 Biology II Laboratory (2 cr.)
  • CM131 General Chemistry I (4 cr.)*
  • CM132 General Chemistry II (4 cr.)*
  • PH141 Physics for Life Sciences I (4 cr.)**
  • PH142 Physics for Life Sciences II (4 cr.)**
  • PY458 Cognitive Neuroscience (3 cr.)

Required Cognitive Neuroscience Courses

  • BY/PY458 Cognitive Neuroscience (3 cr.)
  • BY/PY454 Physiological Psychology (3 cr.)***
  • BY/PY460 Neurobiology (3 cr.)

*CM103/105 and CM104/106 will also satisfy the chemistry requirement.
**PH131 and PH132 will also satisfy the physics requirement.
***Biology majors taking the cognitive neuroscience minor cannot use PY/BY454 as one of their biology elective courses.

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Elective Psychology Courses

Students must complete two courses (6 credits) chosen from the following:

  • PY317 Psychology of Psychoactive Drugs (3 cr.)
  • BY/PY358 Animal Learning and Cognition (3 cr.)
  • PY/BY357 Human Cognitive Evolution (3 cr.)
  • BY/PY359 Perception (3 cr.)
  • PY360 Learning and Memory (3 cr.)
  • PY462 Abnormal Psychology (3 cr.)
  • PY463 Health Psychology (3 cr.)

Elective Biology Courses

Students must complete two courses (6 credits) chosen from the following:

  • BY360 Physiology (3 cr.)
  • BY480 Advanced Cell Biology (3 cr.)
  • BY214 Genetics (3 cr.)
  • BY310 Developmental Biology (3 cr.)
  • BY350 Comparative Anatomy (3 cr.)
  • BY471 Anatomy and Physiology I (3 cr.)
  • BY472 Anatomy and Physiology II (3 cr.)