Although College students are not required to complete a minor, students may choose to do so bring an element of cohesiveness to their electives. Students may choose to complete one or more minors to pursue secondary areas of interest or develop skills and a knowledge base which complements their major.
A Minor in Neuroscience
The minor consists of eight courses. All students are required to take BIBB 109, Introduction to Brain and Behavior, three additional BIBB courses and four additional courses from the approved course electives list. Students must earn a minimum grade of C- in courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements. Students must have a minimum of 3 courses that they count towards the minor and not towards any other major or minor.
Course substitutions are not encouraged and must be brought to the attention of the Director or Associate Director. If such a petition is granted, it is the student's responsibility to ensure the exception is entered on their Penn InTouch worksheet. Any modification in the requirements (e.g. course substitutions) must be requested by the student no later than the first semester of their junior year.
Students may use BIBB LPS courses to fulfill Neuroscience minor requirements but may not be able to apply LPS credits from other departments towards the Neuroscience minor Students considering taking LPS classes through other departments should meet with a Neuroscience advisor before registering for more information.
Pre-approval is required for any courses taken at another university or during study abroad programs. To count courses towards the minor, students must submit the course information through XCAT for pre-approval.No credit will be considered after completion of a course taken elsewhere.
Students interested in declaring the Neuroscience minor should complete the Minor Application and meet with an advisor during advising hours. Download Application for a Minor.
Four BBB Courses Required:
BIBB 109 - Introduction to Brain and Behavior, is a pre-requisite for all upper-division BBB courses and must be taken before additional BIBB coursework.
Three Additional BIBB Courses: Any 3 additional BIBB courses
Four Additional Elective Courses*:
BIOL 204 - Biochemistry
BIOL 205 - Cell Biology
CHEM 241 - Organic Chemistry
MATH 104 - Calculus
PSYC 111 - Perception
PSYC 162 - Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 207 - Introduction to Cognitive Science
PHYS# 101 & 102 or 150 & 151 or 170 & 171 - Physics
STAT 101, 102 or 111, 112 – Statistics
~ Students taking BIBB 040 may not also count BIBB 240 towards the major.
* Students may not be able to apply LPS credits from other departments towards the BBB major. Students considering taking LPS classes through other departments should meet with a BBB advisor before registering for more information.
# All students must take two semesters to count toward the minor. Only two credit units of physics may be counted toward the minor. The lab portion of this course (1 c.u.) may be used to satisfy general SAS elective requirements