Neuroscience Minor

The desire to understand human and animal behavior in terms of nervous system structure and function is longstanding. Historically, researchers and scholars have approached this task from a variety of disciplines, including medicine, biology, psychology, philosophy, and physiology. The field of neuroscience emerged as an interdisciplinary approach, combining techniques and perspectives from these disciplines, as well as emerging fields such as computation and cognitive science, to yield new insights into the workings of the nervous system and behavior.

The minor in Neuroscience allows students with any major to pursue interests in behavior and the nervous system across disciplines. Students should consult with the faculty coordinator or any member of the advisory committee in order to declare the minor.

Learning Goals

The goals of the minor include enabling students to gain:

  • a basic understanding of the organization of the nervous system and its relation to categories of behavior such as motor control, sensation and perception, motivational states, and higher cognition.
  • an appreciation of and fluency with the many levels at which the nervous system can be studied, including molecular, cellular, systems, behavioral and cognitive neuroscience levels.
  • an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of neuroscience and the allied disciplines that inform the study of mind, brain, and behavior.
  • an ability to closely examine and critically evaluate primary research on specialized, advanced neuroscience topics.

Minor Requirements

  • HC PSYC 217 (Behavioral Neuroscience) or BMC PSYC 218 (Behavioral Neuroscience) or BMC BIOL 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.


At Haverford

Laura Been
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Neuroscience Minor Coordinator


Mary Ellen Kelly
Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology

At Bryn Mawr


Spring 2017: Haverford

Registration-IDCourse NameInstructorMiscDays and TimesLocation
BIOLH302H001Cell ArchitectureJohnson,KarlClass Nbr: 2254MW 09:00am-10:30am
BIOLH309G001Molecular NeurobiologyJain,RoshanClass Nbr: 1615 NAMW 09:00am-10:30am
BIOLH312H001Development & EvolutionHoang,RachelClass Nbr: 1616 NATTh 10:00am-11:30am
BIOLH403I001Senior Research Tutorial in Protein Folding and DesignFairman,RobertClass Nbr: 1627 NA
BIOLH409B001Senior Research Tutorial in Molecular NeurobiologyJain,RoshanClass Nbr: 1632 NA
BIOLH409I001Senior Research Tutorial in Molecular NeurobiologyJain,RoshanClass Nbr: 1633 NA
HLTHH318B001Neurobiology of DiseaseKelly,Mary EllenClass Nbr: 1921 Lim: 15 NAMW 11:15am-12:45pm
LINGH114B001Introduction to SemanticsHuang,ShizheClass Nbr: 1792 Lim: 35 HUMW 02:15pm-03:45pm
PHILH102B001Modern Theories of Consciousness: Rational AnimalsSommerville,BrooksClass Nbr: 2189 Lim: 30 HUTTh 02:30pm-04:00pm
PSYCH217B001Behavioral NeuroscienceKelly,Mary EllenClass Nbr: 2212 Lim: 35 NATTh 02:30pm-04:00pm
PSYCH260B001Cognitive NeuroscienceCompton,RebeccaClass Nbr: 1536 Lim: 35 NATTh 11:30am-01:00pm
PSYCH318B001Neurobiology of DiseaseKelly,Mary EllenClass Nbr: 1538 Lim: 15 NAMW 11:15am-12:45pm
PSYCH322B001Developmental Cognitive NeuroscienceSherman,Lauren E.Class Nbr: 2572 Lim: 15 NAT 01:30pm-04:00pm
PSYCH394B001Senior Research Tutorial in Behavioral NeuroscienceBeen,Laura E.Class Nbr: 1526 Lim: 10 NAF 01:30pm-04:00pm
PSYCH394B002Senior Research Tutorial in Behavioral NeuroscienceKelly,Mary EllenClass Nbr: 2214 Lim: 10 NAF 01:30pm-04:00pm
PSYCH395B001Senior Research Tutorial in Cognitive NeuroscienceCompton,RebeccaClass Nbr: 2208 Lim: 10 SOF 01:30pm-04:00pm

Spring 2017: Bryn Mawr

Registration-IDCourse NameInstructorMiscDays and TimesLocation
BIOLB364001Developmental NeurobiologyGreif,Karen F.Class Nbr: 1136 NAMW 10:10am-11:30am
PSYCB212001Human CognitionThapar,AnjaliClass Nbr: 1273 SI;TTh 11:25am-12:45pm
PSYCB218001Behavioral NeuroscienceThomas,EarlClass Nbr: 1421 NOAPPR;MWF 10:10am-11:00am
PSYCB323001Adv. Topics/Cognitive Neuro.-The Emotional BrainThapar,AnjaliClass Nbr: 1349 NAT 02:10pm-04:00pm
PSYCB395001PsychopharmacologyThomas,EarlClass Nbr: 1162 SOMWF 01:10pm-02:00pm
PSYCB401001Sup Rsrch: NeuroscienceAlbert,DustinClass Nbr: 1354 NA
PSYCB401002Sup Rsrch: NeuroscienceThapar,AnjaliClass Nbr: 1355 NA