Undergraduate Minor in Neuroscience


photo of Serena MacDonaldI worked under the biology department's Dr. Kathleen Killian in her research lab for 3 years, and she's been a really great mentor for me. She takes tons of undergraduates in her lab and does a really nice job providing students with what is often their first research experience.



- Serena MacDonald, Zoology major and Neuroscience minor


The undergraduate minor in Neuroscience is offered jointly by the Departments of Biology and Psychology. This minor enables students to pursue an in-depth multidisciplinary study of the nervous system. It provides a basic framework for students planning advanced work at the graduate level.

To complete a thematic sequence in neuroscience, students must complete a minimum of 9 semester hours outside of their department of major.

Program Requirements

To get a minor in Neuroscience, a student must complete a minimum of 18 semester hours, distributed as follows:

  • Required Courses (10 hours)
  • Additional Courses (9-12 hours)

Required Courses

Students must take all 3 of these courses:

  • PSY 251 - Introduction to Biopsychology (3 hours)
  • BIO 203 - Introduction to Cell Biology (3 hours)
  • BIO 305 - Human Physiology (4 hours)

Additional Courses

In addition, students take at least 3 (at least 1 course from each department) of these courses:

  • PSY 351 - Advanced Biopsychology (4 hours)
  • PSY 356 - Psychopharmacology (3 hours)
  • PSY 410A or E - Capstone Seminar in Neuroscience (3 hours)
  • PSY 451 - Cognitive Neuroscience (3 hours)
  • PSY 455/555 - Advanced Psychopharmacology (3 hours)
  • PSY 456 - Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (3 hours)
  • BIO 454 - Endocrinology (3 hours)
  • BIO 457 - Neuroanatomy (3 hours)
  • BIO 458 - Neuroanatomical Methods (1 hour) *
  • BIO 459 - Methods in Neurophysiology (1 hour)
  • BIO 464 - Laboratory in Cell and Molecular Biology (3 hours)
  • BIO 465 - Animal Behavior (4 hours)
  • BIO 469 - Neurophysiology (3 hours)
  • BIO 471 - Molecular Physiology (3 hours)

* must also be enrolled in ZOO 457
must also be enrolled in ZOO 469

Course descriptions are available in the Miami General Bulletin.

Other relevant coursework includes:

  • calculus
  • statistics
  • chemistry
  • computer science
  • philosophy of science

An independent research project (with PSY 477 or BIO 320) is recommended.

Grade Point Average

A minimum 2.0 grade point average is required for all courses in the minor. For a transcript notation of your minor, complete a request form in the College of Arts and Science Advising Office (146 Upham Hall).

For more information about the minor, contact Dr. Kathy Killian in the Department of Biology or Dr. Jennifer Quinn in the Department of Psychology:

Dr. Kathleen Killian
260 Pearson Hall
(513) 529-3310
(killiaka@MiamiOH.edu)

Dr. Jennifer Quinn
110 Psychology Building
(513) 529-3611
(quinnjj@MiamiOH.edu)