Loyola University Chicago

Neuroscience Minor

Course Requirements

The interdisciplinary minor in neuroscience requires eight courses (20 credit hours) including two semesters of a one-hour Seminar in Neuroscience, NEUR 300, cross-listed as Biology (BIOL) 303; BIOL 362; Psychology (PSYC) 240, cross-listed as BIOL 240; and PSYC 305, cross-listed as BIOL 241; PSYCH 382; BIOL 358 and one elective from Anthropology (ANTH) or Philosophy (PHIL); either ANTH 103, 105, 320, 324 or 325; or PHIL 173, 176, 179 or 387.

Two of the following courses are required for the lab component: NEUR 301, cross-listed as BIOL 373 and PSYC 388; NEUR 302, cross-listed as BIOL 374 and PSYC 389 (prerequisite: NEUR 301); PSYC 311, cross-listed as BIOL 313; PSYC 314; PSYC 316; PSYC 397; BIOL 390; BIOL 396 or BIOL 397.

COURSES OF INSTRUCTION

The following are the required courses for the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Minor.

  • NEUR 300. Seminar in Neuroscience (one credit hour— two semesters, crosslisted as BIOL 303). Intended for neuroscience minors, this seminar will introduce students to the various neuroscience research activities that take place at Loyola and throughout the Chicago area. Topics will include research opportunities in neuroscience, ethics in neuroscience research, discussion of the brain and mind, and review of current neuroscience research topics. (Prerequisites: BIOL 101 and 102, PSYC 101). This course will be offered each semester.
  • NEUR 301. Laboratory in Neuroscience I (three credit hours, crosslisted as BIOL 373 and PSYC 388). The first of two laboratory courses intended for neuroscience minors taught in the neuroscience undergraduate teaching facility. The course will cover anatomical, physiological, behavioral and neurobiological modeling techniques used to study the nervous system and the brain. This course will emphasize the learning of basic neuroscience laboratory techniques. (Prerequisites: BIOL 362; 2 of PSYC 240/BIOL 240, PSYC 305/BIOL 241, PSYCH 382, and BIOL 358)
  • NEUR 302. Laboratory in Neuroscience II (three credit hours, crosslisted as BIOL 374, PSYC 389). The second of two laboratory courses intended for neuroscience minors taught in the neuroscience undergraduate teaching facility. The course will cover anatomical, physiological, behavioral and neurobiological modeling techniques used to study the nervous system and the brain. This course will help prepare students to conduct independent research projects. Students will conduct one independent research project during the last part of the course. (Prerequisite: NEUR 301) 

For the laboratory experience, students may also take any two of the following courses instead of NEUR 301 and 302:

PSYC 311/BIOL 313. Lab in Psychobiology
PSYC 314. Lab in Cognition
PSYC 316. Lab in Sensation and Perception
PSYC 397. Independent Research
BIOL 390. Molecular Biology Lab
BIOL 396. Research or BIOL 397. Senior Honors Thesis

Note: Psychology majors must take an additional psychology course.

COURSE OFFERINGS (REQUIRED)

BIOLOGY
BIOL 362: Neurobiology

BASIC NEUROSCIENCE (2 of the following 4)
PSYC 240 (BIOL 240): Psychology and Biology of Perception
PSYC 305 (BIOL 241): Brain and Behavior
PSYC 382: Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience

BIOL 358: Developmental Neurobiology

One anthropology or philosophy course from the following:
ANTHROPOLOGY
ANTH 103: Biological Background for Human Social Behavior
ANTH 105: Modern Human Biology and Behavior
ANTH 320 (BIOL 320): Animal Behavior
ANTH 324: Human Evolution
ANTH 325 (BIOL 325): Primatology: Behavior and Ecology

PHILOSOPHY
PHIL 173: Philosophy of Science
PHIL 176: Philosophy of Mind
PHIL 179: Judgment and Decision Making
PHIL 387: Philosophy of the Mind

OTHER RELATED COURSES

Other courses related to the study of neuroscience but not required courses for the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Minor.

BIOLOGY
BIOL 302: General Microbiology
BIOL 251: Cell Biology
BIOL 282: Genetics

CHEMISTRY
CHEM 152: Elementary Physiological Chemistry B

MATHEMATICS
MATH 130: Elements of Calculus I
MATH 161: Calculus I

PHILOSOPHY
PHIL 383: Philosophy of Psychology

PHYSICS
PHYS 111: College Physics I
PHYS 113: University Physics I

PSYCHOLOGY
PSYC 250: Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 251: Learning and Behavior

Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Minor (INM)

BIOL 362: Prerequisite: BIOL 251 (Cell Biology, which has the prerequisite of BIOL 101 and 102; and CHEM 101 and 102, or CHEM 105 and 106)

Two of the following four:

PSYC 240. (BIOL 240) Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or BIOL 102

PSYC 305. (BIOL 241) Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or BIOL 102

PSYC 382. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 of BIOL 102

BIOL 358. Prerequisite: BIOL 251 and BIOL 282

 

Either ANTH 103, 320, 324, 325; or PHIL 176, 173

Any two of the following courses to complete the lab component requirement:

NEUR 301/BIOL 373/PSYC 388. Prerequisite: BIOL 362, PSYC 240/BIOL 240 and PSYC 305/BIOL 241

NEUR 302/BIOL 374/PSYC 389. Prerequisite: NEUR 301

PSYC 311/BIOL 313. Prerequisites: PSYC 306; and PSYC 240 or 305

PSYC 314. Prerequisites: PSYC 306 and 250

PSYC 316. Prerequisites: PSYC 306; PSYC 240 or 305

PSYC 397. Prerequisites: PSYC 306; senior psychology major; department and instructor permission

BIOL 390. Prerequisites: BIOL 251, 282 and 283; CHEM 222 or 224

BIOL 396. Prerequisites: Senior status; permission of instructor of BIOL 397