Cognitive Neuroscience Minor


The objective of the cognitive neuroscience minor is to provide training through coursework and research experience aimed at enhancing students’ understanding of the structure and operation of the nervous system and its contribution to behavior and cognition.  Through coursework and research experience, students will gain knowledge of contemporary neuroscience techniques, and learn to critically evaluate neuroscience research discoveries. Students that engage in research will acquire laboratory skills, as well as experience in data analysis and presentation.


All students who intend to declare a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience must fill out a Declaration of Minor form, which are located in the main office of the Department of Psychology (301  Smith Hall).  All minors must meet with a cognitive neuroscience faculty member who will advise them on the requirements for the minor.  The faculty member must sign the minor form. 

To complete the minor, students must earn a 3.0 GPA.  

For Psychology majors: courses earned toward the cognitive neuroscience minor will not count toward the Psychology major.  The only exception to this rule is Psychology 484 (Physiological Psychology).

The minor requirements consist of two core courses (6 credits) and a choice of electives (12 credits). 

Core courses (6 credits):

830:484 Physiological Psychology
830:411 Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience

Electives (12 credits):


830:330 Psychology of Learning (3)
830:346 Psychology of Language (3)
830:412 Neuroscience of decision-making (3)
830:487 Pain and Pleasure (3)
830:489 Special Issues in Psychology: Clinical Neuroscience of Human Sexuality (3)
830:512** Neuroimaging Methods and Theory (3)


730:380 Philosophy of Psychology (3)
730:385 Special Topics in Philosophy: Philosophy of Neuroscience (3)
730:472 Mind and metaphysics (3)


615:322 Language Acquisition (3)

** Available to undergraduates by permission of instructor


Students can apply a maximum of 6 credits toward the minor elective requirement, if they are earned under the supervision of one of the cognitive neuroscience minor mentors, using one of the following:

1) Research in Psychology (21:830:491/492)
2) Individual study in Psychology (21:830:493/494)
3) Honors thesis (21:830:497/499)