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.

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 count towards the student’s major.
    • No more than two of the six minor credits may come from institutions outside of the Bi-Co.


At Haverford

Laura Been
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Neuroscience Minor Coordinator


Rob Fairman
Professor of Biology

Biology Department Chair

Sharpless S208

Assistant Professor of Biology
S108 Sharpless Hall

Mary Ellen Kelly
Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology
458 DPL 203

At Bryn Mawr


Fall 2018: Bryn Mawr

Registration-IDCourse NameInstructorMiscDays and TimesLocation
BIOLB202001Introduction to NeuroscienceGreif,Karen F.Class Nbr: 1032 SI;TTh 08:25am-09:45am
BIOLB250001Computational MethodsRecord,SydneClass Nbr: 1052 QM;QR;SI;WA;TTh 09:55am-11:15am
Th 01:10pm-04:00pm
CMSCB325001Computational LinguisticsKumar,DeepakClass Nbr: 2201 NAMWF 10:10am-11:30am
PHILB319001Philosophy of MindPrettyman,AdrienneClass Nbr: 1399 HUTTh 02:25pm-03:45pm
PSYCB212001Human CognitionThapar,AnjaliClass Nbr: 1423 SI;TTh 11:25am-12:45pm
PSYCB401001Sup Rsrch: NeuroscienceThapar,AnjaliClass Nbr: 1437 NA
PSYCB401002Sup Rsrch: NeuroscienceGrafe,LauraClass Nbr: 1438 NA

Fall 2018: Haverford

Registration-IDCourse NameInstructorMiscDays and TimesLocation
BIOLH217A001Behavioral NeuroscienceBeen,Laura E.Class Nbr: 2206 Lim: 35 ; Hav: NA, CTTh 01:00pm-02:30pm
BIOLH403A001Senior Research Tutorial in Protein Folding and DesignFairman,RobertClass Nbr: 2384 Lim: 7 BMC: II; ; Hav: NATh 01:00pm-02:30pm
BIOLH403F001Senior Research Tutorial in Protein Folding and DesignFairman,RobertClass Nbr: 2385 Lim: 7 BMC: II; ; Hav: NA
BIOLH409A001Senior Research Tutorial in Molecular NeurobiologyJain,RoshanClass Nbr: 2536 Hav: NA
BIOLH409F001Senior Research Tutorial in Molecular NeurobiologyJain,RoshanClass Nbr: 2537 BMC: II; Hav: NA
HLTHH318A001Neurobiology of DiseaseKelly,Mary EllenClass Nbr: 2503 Lim: 15 ; Hav: NA, CW 01:30pm-04:00pm
LINGH113A001Introduction to SyntaxPayne,AmandaClass Nbr: 1630 Lim: 25 ; Hav: HU, QUS, BTTh 11:30am-01:00pm
LINGH113A002Introduction to SyntaxChandlee,JaneClass Nbr: 2664 Lim: 25 ; Hav: HU, QUS, BMW 11:15am-12:45pm
PHILH108A001Modern Theories of Consciousness: Rational AnimalsBerger,BenjaminClass Nbr: 2538 Lim: 30 ; Hav: HU, AMW 11:15am-12:45pm
PHILH110A001Mind and WorldMacbeth,DanielleClass Nbr: 1619 Hav: HU, AMW 02:15pm-03:45pm
PSYCH217A001Behavioral NeuroscienceBeen,Laura E.Class Nbr: 1606 Lim: 35 ; Hav: NA, BTTh 01:00pm-02:30pm
PSYCH260A001Cognitive NeuroscienceCompton,RebeccaClass Nbr: 2207 Lim: 35 BMC: II; ; Hav: NA, CTTh 11:30am-01:00pm
PSYCH318A001Neurobiology of DiseaseKelly,Mary EllenClass Nbr: 2211 Lim: 15 ; Hav: NA, CW 01:30pm-04:00pm
PSYCH360F001Laboratory in Cognitive NeuroscienceCompton,RebeccaClass Nbr: 2214 Lim: 16 BMC: II; ; Hav: NA, CM 12:45pm-02:15pm
PSYCH394A001Senior Research Tutorial in Behavioral NeuroscienceBeen,Laura E.Class Nbr: 1605 Lim: 10 ; Hav: NAF 01:30pm-04:00pm
PSYCH395A001Senior Research Tutorial in Cognitive NeuroscienceCompton,RebeccaClass Nbr: 1607 Lim: 10 ; Hav: SOF 01:30pm-04:00pm