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 Psych 217 (Behavioral Neuroscience) or BMC Psych 218 (Behavioral Neuroscience) or BMC Bio 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


Rebecca Compton
Professor of Psychology
370 Lancaster Ave

Assistant Professor of Biology

Mary Ellen Kelly
Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology
458 DPL 203

At Bryn Mawr


Fall 2017: Bryn Mawr

Registration-IDCourse NameInstructorMiscDays and TimesLocation
BIOLB202001Introduction to NeuroscienceGreif,Karen F.Class Nbr: 1906 SI;TTh 08:25am-09:45am
BIOLB326001From Channels to BehaviorBrodfuehrer,Peter D.Class Nbr: 1824 WA;MWF 09:10am-10:00am
W 01:10pm-04:00pm
CMSCB372001Intro Artificial IntelligenceKumar,DeepakClass Nbr: 1872 NAMWF 10:10am-11:30am
PSYCB401001Sup Rsrch: NeuroscienceAlbert,DustinClass Nbr: 2035 NA
PSYCB401002Sup Rsrch: NeuroscienceThapar,AnjaliClass Nbr: 2036 NA

Fall 2017: Haverford

Registration-IDCourse NameInstructorMiscDays and TimesLocation
BIOLH217A001Behavioral NeuroscienceKelly,Mary EllenClass Nbr: 1333 Lim: 35 NATTh 11:30am-01:00pm
BIOLH403A001Senior Research Tutorial in Protein Folding and DesignFairman,RobertClass Nbr: 1281 Lim: 7 Div: II; NA
BIOLH403F001Senior Research Tutorial in Protein Folding and DesignFairman,RobertClass Nbr: 1352 Lim: 7 Div: II; NA
BIOLH409A001Senior Research Tutorial in Molecular NeurobiologyJain,RoshanClass Nbr: 1290 Lim: 7 NA
BIOLH409F001Senior Research Tutorial in Molecular NeurobiologyJain,RoshanClass Nbr: 1355 Lim: 7 Div: II; NA
LINGH113A001Introduction to SyntaxPayne,AmandaClass Nbr: 1156 Lim: 25 HUMW 11:15am-12:45pm
PHILH102A001Modern Theories of Consciousness: Rational AnimalsSommerville,BrooksClass Nbr: 2577 Lim: 30 HUTTh 01:00pm-02:30pm
PHILH106A001The Philosophy of Consciousness and the Problem of EmbodimentBerger,BenjaminClass Nbr: 1649 Lim: 30 Div: III; CI;IP; HUTTh 11:30am-01:00pm
PHILH110A001Mind and WorldMacbeth,DanielleClass Nbr: 1107 Div: III; CI; HUMW 02:15pm-03:45pm
PSYCH217A001Behavioral NeuroscienceKelly,Mary EllenClass Nbr: 1074 Lim: 35 NATTh 11:30am-01:00pm
PSYCH322A001Developmental Cognitive NeuroscienceSherman,Lauren E.Class Nbr: 2681 Lim: 15 NAW 01:30pm-04:00pm
PSYCH328A001Neurobiology of Sexual BehaviorBeen,Laura E.Class Nbr: 1619 Lim: 15 NATh 01:30pm-04:00pm
PSYCH360F001Laboratory in Cognitive NeuroscienceCompton,RebeccaClass Nbr: 1076 Lim: 16 Div: II; NAW 12:45pm-02:15pm
PSYCH394A001Senior Research Tutorial in Behavioral NeuroscienceBeen,Laura E.Class Nbr: 1073 Lim: 10 NAF 01:30pm-04:00pm
PSYCH395A001Senior Research Tutorial in Cognitive NeuroscienceCompton,RebeccaClass Nbr: 1075 Lim: 10 SOF 01:30pm-04:00pm