Neuroscience Minor

Academic Catalog: 2013–2014

  • Michael Ferragamo (Biology), Program Director
  • Janine Wotton (Psychological Science)


The neuroscience revolution was triggered by the realization that the best hope for understanding the workings of the brain would come from an interdisciplinary approach. Students are encouraged to understand and appreciate all levels of study of the nervous system from molecules to behavior and thought. The curriculum emphasizes mechanistic explanations of mental activity and aims to show the links to other sciences as well as arts and philosophy. The participating faculty members are from two departments and the program is designed to attract and to be accessible to students from across the campus. Interested students should contact Professor Michael Ferragamo in Biology or Professor Janine Wotton in Psychological Science. Please see the Biology and Psychological Science sections of this catalog for descriptions of the courses listed below.


Requirements for Minor: Six courses, including


  • BIO-101 Principles of Biology
  • BIO-102 Organismal Biology or PSY-100 General Psychology
  • BIO-384 Neurobiology
  • PSY-260 Introduction to Neuroscience
  • PSY-345 Neuroscience Seminar
  • PSY-385 Neuroscience Capstone