Haverford’s minor in Neuroscience, offered in partnership with Bryn Mawr, is designed for undergraduates interested in exploring the workings of the nervous system and its impact on behavior. Open to students in any major and taught by faculty from a range of departments, the Neuroscience minor approaches this highly interdisciplinary field from a variety of academic perspectives. Our curriculum, while based in Biology and Psychology, also draws from Computer Science, Linguistics, and Philosophy.
We are a tight-knit program with expansive reach, offering our students close mentorship as well as a broad range of academic and research opportunities. Our core faculty possess expertise in a variety of approaches to neuroscience—from molecular neurobiology, to behavioral neuroscience, to cognitive neuroscience. Active researchers, they are exceptionally committed to engaging students in cutting-edge projects and to helping them discover and hone their interests in this fast-moving field.
Curriculum & Courses
Our curriculum aims to ground students in the field of neuroscience while allowing them to explore the range of interconnected disciplines. All minors must complete our gateway course, Biological Psychology, which provides a basic understanding of the nervous system and its relation to behavior. Students must pursue a core of neuroscience courses (typically Biology and Psychology classes) but we also require them to take courses from affiliated disciplines (typically Computer Science, Linguistics, or Philosophy classes). Though not required, minors can choose to enroll in neuroscience-based lab courses. We also offer a supervised research option for course credit and each year we work with a number of seniors who choose to write their senior theses on a neuroscience topic.
- HC Psych 217 (Behavioral Neuroscience) or BMC Psych 218 (Behavioral Neuroscience) or BMC Bio 202 (Introduction to Neuroscience).
- Five credits from the list of approved courses, with these constraints:
- The five credits must sample from three different disciplines.
- At least three of the five credits must come from List A: Primary Neuroscience courses
- At least one of the credits must be at the 300-level or higher.
- One of the five credits may come from supervised senior research in neuroscience.
- No more than two of the six minor credits may count towards the student’s major.
Associated Programs and Concentrations
Research & Outreach
The senior presented a poster at the 13th Annual Undergraduate Science Research Symposium.
In her hometown, the psychology major is spending 10 weeks studying genetic mutations that result in Cornelia de Lange syndrome.
This survey of revolutionary developments in neuroscience included class visits by current leaders in the field and student trips to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.
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