Neuroscience Minor


Tara T. Lineweaver PhD, Program Director

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Neuroscience, an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the nervous system and its impact on behavior, cognition, and emotion, is a rapidly expanding scientific field. Neuroscientific research describes the normal functioning of the nervous system, examines how the nervous system develops across the life span, and investigates the consequences of and potential interventions for neurological dysfunction due to abnormal development, disease, or injury. However, the implications of neuroscience stretch well beyond this scope and provide both a cornerstone and important tools for understanding all human behavior. The neuroscience minor at Butler University introduces students to an interdisciplinary viewpoint regarding the science as well as the philosophy of the mind. Students from any major may elect to complete a neuroscience minor by taking courses in the fields of biological science, psychology, and philosophy.

Requirements for the Minor

The minor consists of 20–21 hours, including:

  • Biology: 11–12 hours
    • BI210, Genetics—Fundamentals
    • BI220, Cellular and Molecular Biology—Fundamentals
    • NS460 or BI460, Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology without lab (NS460) or with lab (BI460)
  • Psychology: 6 hours
    • PS235, Biological Bases of Behavior
    • PS412, Advanced Applied Neuroscience or PS413, Neuroscience of Drugs
  • Philosophy: 3 hours
    • PL346, Philosophy of Mind