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

Laura Been
Assistant Professor of Psychology

On Leave 2019-20


Rebecca Compton
Professor of Psychology; Coordinator of Neuroscience

Assistant Professor of Biology
KINSC Sharpless S108

Mary Ellen Kelly
Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology
458 DPL 203

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 2019: Bryn Mawr

Registration-IDCourse NameInstructorMiscDays and TimesLocation
BIOLB202001Introduction to NeuroscienceGreif,Karen F.Class Nbr: 1013 SI;TTh 08:25am-09:45am
BIOLB250001Computational MethodsRecord,SydneClass Nbr: 1029 QM;QR;SI;WA;MW 10:10am-11:30am
W 01:10pm-04:00pm
BIOLB321001NeuroethologyBrodfuehrer,Peter D.Class Nbr: 1126 NATTh 09:55am-11:15am
PSYCB218001Behavioral NeuroscienceGrafe,LauraClass Nbr: 1434 NOAPPR;MW 02:40pm-04:00pm
PSYCB316001Drugs of AbuseBates,Melvin Lee ShawnClass Nbr: 2837 M 07:10pm-10:00pm
PSYCB351001Developmental PsychopathologyRescorla,LeslieClass Nbr: 1442 SOTTh 09:55am-11:15am
PSYCB401001Sup Rsrch: NeuroscienceThapar,AnjaliClass Nbr: 1451 NA
PSYCB401002Sup Rsrch: NeuroscienceGrafe,LauraClass Nbr: 1452 NA

Fall 2019: Haverford

Registration-IDCourse NameInstructorMiscDays and TimesLocation
BIOLH403A001Senior Research Tutorial in Protein Folding and DesignFairman,RobertClass Nbr: 2023 Lim: 7 BMC: II; ; Hav: NA
BIOLH403F001Senior Research Tutorial in Protein Folding and DesignFairman,RobertClass Nbr: 2024 Lim: 7 BMC: II; ; Hav: NA
BIOLH409A001Senior Research Tutorial in Molecular NeurobiologyJain,RoshanClass Nbr: 2144 Hav: NA
BIOLH409F001Senior Research Tutorial in Molecular NeurobiologyJain,RoshanClass Nbr: 2145 BMC: II; Hav: NA
BIOLH453D001Advanced Topics in NeurobiologyIm,SeolClass Nbr: 2429 Lim: 15 BMC: II; ; Hav: NATTh 02:30pm-04:00pm
HLTHH318A001Neurobiology of DiseaseKelly,Mary EllenClass Nbr: 2120 Lim: 15 ; Hav: NA, CTTh 11:30am-01:00pm
LINGH113A001Introduction to SyntaxPayne,AmandaClass Nbr: 2477 Lim: 25 ; Hav: HU, QUS, BTTh 11:30am-01:00pm
LINGH113A002Introduction to SyntaxDonovan,MichaelClass Nbr: 2777 Lim: 25 ; Hav: HU, QUS, BTTh 11:30am-01:00pm
PHILH110A001Mind and WorldMacbeth,DanielleClass Nbr: 1540 Hav: HU, AMW 02:15pm-03:45pm
PSYCH260A001Cognitive NeuroscienceCompton,RebeccaClass Nbr: 1908 Lim: 35 BMC: II; ; Hav: NA, CTTh 10:00am-11:30am
PSYCH318A001Neurobiology of DiseaseKelly,Mary EllenClass Nbr: 1912 Lim: 15 ; Hav: NA, CTTh 11:30am-01:00pm
PSYCH360F001Laboratory in Cognitive NeuroscienceCompton,RebeccaClass Nbr: 1915 Lim: 16 BMC: II; ; Hav: NA, CM 12:45pm-02:15pm
PSYCH394A001Senior Research Tutorial in Behavioral NeuroscienceKelly,Mary EllenClass Nbr: 1532 Lim: 10 ; Hav: NAF 01:30pm-04:00pm
PSYCH395A001Senior Research Tutorial in Cognitive NeuroscienceCompton,RebeccaClass Nbr: 1534 Lim: 10 ; Hav: SOF 01:30pm-04:00pm