Minor in Neuroscience

Please contact Lori Kader in the Psychology Department Undergraduate Advising Office if you have questions about the Minor in Neurosciences.

The Minor in Neurosciences gives highly qualified and motivated undergraduates an opportunity to pursue an academic program in Neuroscience. The emphasis includes study in systems, cognitive, and computational neuroscience in a manner that crosses the traditional boundaries of Psychology, Biological Sciences, and other related disciplines. The minor is most appropriate for students who already have a background in the biological sciences or psychology. There are a number of science course prerequisites for the required and elective classes for the Minor in Neurosciences.

All majors are eligible for the minor EXCEPT students in the Physiology & Neurobiology (PHNB) track in Biological Sciences (BSCI). No more than 2 courses can count towards both the minor and your major.

In order to apply for the Minor in Neurosciences, a student must have:
          1. Completed at least 30 college credits and at least 15 credits at UMD
          2. Earned at least a C- in BSCI170/171 (or AP/transfer equivalents)
          3. Earned at least a C- in CHEM131/132 (or AP/transfer equivalents)
          4. Earned at least a C- in PSYC301 or BSCI353
          5. A good academic standing with the University

Applications for the Minor in Neurosciences are considered three times each year: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, and Summer. Application deadlines are October 1, March 1, and June 1.  DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION

Applicants must call 301-405-5866 to schedule an audit with a neuroscience advisor at least two weeks before the deadlines listed above. Audits are by appointment only. Once a meeting is scheduled, applications are emailed as an attachment to PSYCforms@umd.edu. The academic advisor will review the eligibility requirements and verify your academic plan. Once the advisor signs-off on the plan you can schedule a meeting with one of the faculty advisors for admission consideration. Meetings are by appointment only.

Faculty Advisor:
* Dr. David Yager, Department of Psychology (ddyager@umd.edu)

The Minor in Neurosciences has been designed so that students have ample choice in course selection. All students in the Minor in Neurosciences must enroll in the “Topics in Neurosciences Seminar” (PSYC409) for at least one semester. Every other requirement in the Minor offers a choice of courses. DOWNLOAD THE COURSE REQUIREMENTS.

Please note: Registration blocks are handled by the Psychology Department Undergraduate Advising Office. Contact person is Lori Kader at lkader@umd.edu.

Research Assistantships
- Students may have the opportunity to participate as a research assistant in a neurosciences laboratory (e.g. BSCI399, PSYC479) and can earn 3 credits per semester for up to 3 semesters towards their electives credit. Permission of a Minor in Neurosciences Faculty Advisor is required.
Honors Thesis - A student in a Departmental Honors Program may conduct a thesis in Neurosciences for their program's requirement. Consult with a faculty advisor for more information.