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Neuroscience Minor

Neuroscience
College of Biological Sciences
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Required credits in this minor: 12 to 15
The neuroscience minor provides an in-depth contemporary understanding of how the nervous system functions in both health and disease. The goal of the minor is to provide instruction that will enrich the curriculum through an array of academic majors. As we will all experience the impact of nervous system disease ourselves or through family members and/or friends, instruction in this minor will offer insights into the nervous system that students can utilize throughout their lifetimes. Note: Students pursuing an individualized degree program (IDP) may be ineligible to pursue the neuroscience minor if IDP and minor coursework overlap more than 3 credits. These requests will be reviewed on an individual basis.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:
  • 2.50 already admitted to the degree-granting college
  • 2.50 transferring from another University of Minnesota college
  • 2.50 transferring from outside the University
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Neuroscience Minor Prerequisite
NSCI 1001 - Fundamental Neuroscience: Understanding Ourselves [TS] (3.0 cr)
Minor Requirements
Neuroscience Minor
NSCI 1002 - Social Neuroscience: Understanding Others (3.0 cr)
or NSCI 2100 - Human Neuroanatomy [BIOL] (4.0 cr)
NSCI 3001W - Neuroscience and Society [CIV, WI] (4.0 cr)
or NSCI 3100 - Mind and Brain (3.0 cr)
Additional Elective
Courses listed as neuroscience minor requirement options (NSCI 1002, 3001W, and 3100) that are also elective options may count for one requirement or the other, but not both.
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· ANTH 1001 - Human Evolution [BIOL] (4.0 cr)
· KIN 4133 - Perceptual-Motor Control and Learning (3.0 cr)
· NSCI 1002 - Social Neuroscience: Understanding Others (3.0 cr)
· NSCI 3001W - Neuroscience and Society [CIV, WI] (4.0 cr)
· NSCI 3100 - Mind and Brain (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3061 - Introduction to Biological Psychology (3.0 cr)
· SLHS 3302 - Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms (3.0 cr)
 
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NSCI 1001 - Fundamental Neuroscience: Understanding Ourselves (TS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Assessing objectively the neuroscience information presented to public at-large across various media outlets. Explaining the potential importance of these discoveries.
NSCI 1002 - Social Neuroscience: Understanding Others
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: None
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
The field of neuroscience makes a special contribution to our understanding of the human condition, as it can both help us understand ourselves and also how we interact in a world of other individuals. Historically, there has been a dichotomy between disciplines that identify the abstract principles of the social world we live in and the biology of the organ (i.e., the central nervous system) we use to identify and coordinate those abstract principles as we function in our daily lives. By merging these disciplines and studying our interactions with the world on many layers of analysis, from genes to social dynamics, we can develop a richer understanding of who we are as people. prereq: None
NSCI 2100 - Human Neuroanatomy (BIOL)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to the nervous system. Structure/function of neurons and the major anatomical parts of the nervous system. Processes that underlie many bodily functions and diseases. Lectures/lab exercises.
NSCI 3001W - Neuroscience and Society (CIV, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Ethical implications. Readings, personal reflections, class discussions, debates, and formal writing. Development of logical arguments, writing skills, oral presentation skills, and teamwork. Students present/argue both their own personal views and those of others. What it is like to have altered mentation, i.e. a brain disease or disability. Readings/multimedia reports from primary neuroscience literature as well as philosophy, policy, and law literature and popular media.
NSCI 3100 - Mind and Brain
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
New view of cognition that has recently emerged based on how neuroscience instantiates mental processes in physical process of brain. Topics range from the mechanisms of decision-making, to topics of emotion, memory, imagination, self-control, addiction, morality, consciousness. prereq: no prereq (1001, 1100, or other broad neuroscience course recommended)
ANTH 1001 - Human Evolution (BIOL)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
The principles of evolutionary theory, behavioral biology, comparative anatomy, and Paleolithic archaeology are used to reconstruct the major events in human evolution. The course allows us to understand the behavior of our ancestors as well as ourselves.
KIN 4133 - Perceptual-Motor Control and Learning
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Concepts/principles of coordination/control of perceptually guided movement. Constraints imposed by properties of environment, body (including the nervous system), and goals of behavior. Why we move the way that we do. prereq: [3112, 3132, 3135, KIN major] or instr consent
NSCI 1002 - Social Neuroscience: Understanding Others
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: None
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
The field of neuroscience makes a special contribution to our understanding of the human condition, as it can both help us understand ourselves and also how we interact in a world of other individuals. Historically, there has been a dichotomy between disciplines that identify the abstract principles of the social world we live in and the biology of the organ (i.e., the central nervous system) we use to identify and coordinate those abstract principles as we function in our daily lives. By merging these disciplines and studying our interactions with the world on many layers of analysis, from genes to social dynamics, we can develop a richer understanding of who we are as people. prereq: None
NSCI 3001W - Neuroscience and Society (CIV, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Ethical implications. Readings, personal reflections, class discussions, debates, and formal writing. Development of logical arguments, writing skills, oral presentation skills, and teamwork. Students present/argue both their own personal views and those of others. What it is like to have altered mentation, i.e. a brain disease or disability. Readings/multimedia reports from primary neuroscience literature as well as philosophy, policy, and law literature and popular media.
NSCI 3100 - Mind and Brain
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
New view of cognition that has recently emerged based on how neuroscience instantiates mental processes in physical process of brain. Topics range from the mechanisms of decision-making, to topics of emotion, memory, imagination, self-control, addiction, morality, consciousness. prereq: no prereq (1001, 1100, or other broad neuroscience course recommended)
PSY 3061 - Introduction to Biological Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Psy 3061/5061
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Neurophysiology/neuroanatomy, neural mechanisms of motivation, emotion, sleep-wakefulness cycle, learning/memory in animals/humans. Neural basis of abnormal behavior, drug abuse. prereq: 1001 or BIOL 1009 or NSci 1100
SLHS 3302 - Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Survey of anatomy and physiology of the auditory and speech production systems, including the nervous, respiratory, laryngeal, velopharyngeal and orofacial subsystems. Emphasis on normal processes and functions.