Neuroscience Minor

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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.

Haverford’s Institutional Learning Goals are available on the President’s website, at

Minor Requirements

  • HC PSYC H217 (Behavioral Neuroscience) or BMC PSYC B218 (Behavioral Neuroscience) or BIOL B202 (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 come from institutions outside of the Bi-Co.

A current list of approved courses, divided into List A: Primary Neuroscience and List B: Allied Disciplines, is linked from the Neuroscience Minor website.


At Haverford

Assistant Professor of Psychology; Coordinator of Neuroscience
Professor and Chair of Psychology
Professor of Biology

I will be on partial sabbatical leave in 2020/2021

Sharpless S208
Assistant Professor of Biology
KINSC Sharpless S108
Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology
Sharpless 414/best contact via email for Fall 2020
Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology and Post-Doctoral Fellow
370 Lancaster Ave

At Bryn Mawr

  • Dustin Albert
    Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Peter Brodfuehrer
    Professor of Biology
  • Laura Grafe
    Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Karen Greif
    Professor of Biology
  • Anjali Thapar
    Professor of Psychology
  • Earl Thomas
    Professor of Psychology


Fall 2020: Bryn Mawr

Registration-IDCourse NameInstructorMiscDays and TimesLocation
BIOLB202001Introduction to NeuroscienceGreif,Karen F.Class Nbr: 1016 SI;MTh 09:40am-11:00am
DSCIB100001Introduction to Data ScienceThapar,AnjaliClass Nbr: 2129 NOAPPR;QR;MTh 02:40pm-04:00pm
PSYCB212001Human CognitionThapar,AnjaliClass Nbr: 2250 SI;MTh 11:10am-12:30pm
PSYCB218001Behavioral NeuroscienceGrafe,LauraClass Nbr: 2251 NOAPPR;TF 09:40am-11:00am
PSYCB323001Adv. Topics/Cognitive Neuro.-Perceptual Dsordrs/Broken MindGargiulo,AndrewClass Nbr: 2514 NAMTh 01:10pm-02:30pm

Fall 2020: Haverford

Registration-IDCourse NameInstructorMiscDays and TimesLocation
BIOLH217A001Behavioral NeuroscienceKelly,Mary EllenClass Nbr: 2510 Lim: 30 ; Hav: NA, C, BMWF 01:00pm-02:00pm
BIOLH217A002Behavioral NeuroscienceRobinson-Drummer,PatreseClass Nbr: 2901 Lim: 30 ; Hav: NA, C, BTF 08:00am-09:30am
BIOLH322E001Cell ArchitectureJohnson,KarlClass Nbr: 2487 Hav: NA, CMTh 09:30am-11:00am
BIOLH403A001Senior Research Tutorial in Protein Folding and DesignFairman,RobertClass Nbr: 1662 Lim: 7 BMC: II; ; Hav: NA
BIOLH403F001Senior Research Tutorial in Protein Folding and DesignFairman,RobertClass Nbr: 1663 Lim: 7 BMC: II; ; Hav: NA
BIOLH409A001Senior Research Tutorial in Molecular NeurobiologyJain,RoshanClass Nbr: 1736 Hav: NA
BIOLH409F001Senior Research Tutorial in Molecular NeurobiologyJain,RoshanClass Nbr: 1737 BMC: II; Hav: NA
BIOLH453D001Advanced Topics in NeurobiologyIm,SeolClass Nbr: 1906 Lim: 15 BMC: II; ; Hav: NATF 09:30am-11:00am
LINGH113A001Introduction to SyntaxPayne,AmandaClass Nbr: 1927 Lim: 25 ; Hav: HU, QUS, BTF 11:00am-12:30pm
PHILH110A001Mind and WorldMacbeth,DanielleClass Nbr: 1291 Hav: HU, AWSaSu 04:00pm-05:30pm
PSYCH217A001Behavioral NeuroscienceKelly,Mary EllenClass Nbr: 2509 Lim: 30 ; Hav: NA, C, BMWF 01:00pm-02:00pm
PSYCH217A002Behavioral NeuroscienceRobinson-Drummer,PatreseClass Nbr: 2748 Lim: 30 ; Hav: NA, C, BTF 08:00am-09:30am
PSYCH260A001Cognitive NeuroscienceCompton,RebeccaClass Nbr: 1602 Lim: 30 BMC: II; ; Hav: NA, CMWF 09:30am-10:30am
PSYCH260A002Cognitive NeuroscienceCompton,RebeccaClass Nbr: 2749 Lim: 30 BMC: II; ; Hav: NA, CMWF 11:00am-12:00pm
PSYCH328A001Neurobiology of Sexual BehaviorBeen,Laura E.Class Nbr: 2512 Lim: 12 ; Hav: NA, CMTh 02:30pm-04:00pm
PSYCH362A001Developmental Behavioral NeuroscienceRobinson-Drummer,PatreseClass Nbr: 2513 Lim: 12 ; Hav: NA, CTF 11:00am-12:30pm
PSYCH394A001Senior Research Tutorial in Behavioral NeuroscienceBeen,Laura E.Class Nbr: 1285 Lim: 10 ; Hav: NAT 07:00pm-10:00pm
PSYCH394A002Senior Research Tutorial in Behavioral NeuroscienceKelly,Mary EllenClass Nbr: 2041 Lim: 10 ; Hav: NAT 07:00pm-10:00pm
PSYCH395A001Senior Research Tutorial in Cognitive NeuroscienceCompton,RebeccaClass Nbr: 1286 Lim: 10 ; Hav: SOT 07:00pm-10:00pm