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What is Neuroscience?

Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system and its impact on behavior, cognition and emotion.

The Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Minor

The interdisciplinary neuroscience minor offered by Butler University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences introduces students to the brain, how it functions, and the consequences of its dysfunction due to abnormal development, disease or injury. The minor integrates the study of biology, philosophy, and psychology. Because of its interdisciplinary nature, the neuroscience minor provides students with several diverse approaches that they can apply towards thinking about and understanding the complexities of the mind.

Who can complete the neuroscience minor?

The neuroscience minor is open to students from any major. Students majoring in Biology or Psychology may find it particularly easy to incorporate the neuroscience minor into their course of study. Biology and Psychology are also popular majors for students who wish to pursue graduate work in the neurosciences after graduating from Butler.

Why study neuroscience?

Neuroscience is a minor that enables students from any discipline to enhance their understanding of the brain by studying it in more depth. Having this knowledge helps set Butler students apart when they are applying to graduate school programs, to medical school programs, or for future jobs.

Requirements (21 credit hours)

Biology: 12 hours
BI 210 Genetics - Fundamentals
BI 220 Cellular & Molecular Biology - Fundamentals
BI 460 Cell and Molecular Neurobiology

Philosophy: 3 hours
PL 346 Philosophy of Mind

Psychology: 6 hours
PS 235 Biological Bases of Behavior (prerequisite: SW 250)
PS 412 Advanced Applied Neuroscience

Where can I get more information?

Please direct any questions you have about the minor to Dr. Tara Lineweaver: 317-940-9848 or