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


Assistant Professor of Biology

Mary Ellen Kelly
Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology
458 DPL 203

At Bryn Mawr


Spring 2019: Bryn Mawr

Registration-IDCourse NameInstructorMiscDays and TimesLocation
PSYCB315001Stress NeuroscienceGrafe,LauraClass Nbr: 2350 NOAPPR;MW 11:40am-01:00pm
PSYCB316001Drugs of AbuseBates,Melvin Lee ShawnClass Nbr: 2498 T 07:10pm-10:00pm
PSYCB318001Data Science with RThapar,AnjaliClass Nbr: 2517 QR;Th 02:25pm-03:45pm
PSYCB401001Sup Rsrch: NeuroscienceThapar,AnjaliClass Nbr: 1349 NA
PSYCB401002Sup Rsrch: NeuroscienceGrafe,LauraClass Nbr: 1350 NA

Spring 2019: Haverford

Registration-IDCourse NameInstructorMiscDays and TimesLocation
BIOLH312H001Development & EvolutionHoang,RachelClass Nbr: 2410 Hav: NA, CTTh 10:00am-11:30am
BIOLH319H001Molecular NeurobiologyIm,SeolClass Nbr: 2396 Hav: NA, CMWF 10:30am-11:30am
BIOLH403I001Senior Research Tutorial in Protein Folding and DesignFairman,RobertClass Nbr: 2759 Hav: NA
BIOLH409B001Senior Research Tutorial in Molecular NeurobiologyJain,RoshanClass Nbr: 2773 Hav: NA
LINGH113B001Introduction to SyntaxPayne,AmandaClass Nbr: 2616 Lim: 25 ; Hav: HU, QUS, BMW 09:00am-10:30am
LINGH114B001Introduction to SemanticsHuang,ShizheClass Nbr: 1601 Lim: 35 ; Hav: HU, QUS, BTTh 10:00am-11:30am
LINGH114B002Introduction to SemanticsPayne,AmandaClass Nbr: 2617 Lim: 35 ; Hav: HU, QUS, BMW 11:15am-12:45pm
PHILH108B001Modern Theories of Consciousness: Rational AnimalsBerger,BenjaminClass Nbr: 1902 Lim: 30 ; Hav: HU, AMW 02:15pm-03:45pm
PSYCH213B001Memory and CognitionBoltz,MarilynClass Nbr: 2181 Lim: 35 ; Hav: SO, BMW 09:00am-10:30am
PSYCH217B001Behavioral NeuroscienceKelly,Mary EllenClass Nbr: 1681 Lim: 35 ; Hav: NA, C, BTTh 10:00am-11:30am
PSYCH328B001Neurobiology of Sexual BehaviorBeen,Laura E.Class Nbr: 2629 Lim: 12 ; Hav: NA, CMW 02:15pm-03:45pm
PSYCH329B001Neuroscience and SocietyCompton,RebeccaClass Nbr: 2529 Lim: 12 ; Hav: SO, C, BT 01:30pm-04:00pm
PSYCH394B001Senior Research Tutorial in Behavioral NeuroscienceBeen,Laura E.Class Nbr: 1527 Hav: NAF 01:30pm-04:00pm
PSYCH395B001Senior Research Tutorial in Cognitive NeuroscienceCompton,RebeccaClass Nbr: 1679 Hav: SOF 01:30pm-04:00pm