Loyola University Chicago


Minor in Neuroscience


The interdisciplinary minor in neuroscience requires seven courses (16-20 credit hours) including one semester of a one-hour Seminar in Neuroscience, NEUR 300, cross-listed as Biology (BIOL) 303; PSYC/BIOL 202 (Introduction to Neuroscience), PSYC 382/BIOL 284 (Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience), BIOL 362 (Neurobiology).  Students must take at least one elective from the following list: PSYC/BIOL 240 (Psychology and Biology of Perception), PSYC 250 (Cognitive Psychology), BIOL 351 (Sleep and Circadian Rhythms), BIOL 357 (Neural Disease, Degeneration and Regeneration),  BIOL 358 (Developmental Neurobiology), PSYC 352 (Neuropsychology), PHIL/PSYC 279 (Judgment and Decision Making), COMP 386 (Computational Neuroscience), or ANTH/BIOL 320 (Animal Behavior).

Two of the following courses are required for the lab component: NEUR 301, cross-listed as BIOL 373 and PSYC 388; BIOL 366L; PSYC 311/BIOL 313; BIOL 395L (if Lab in Neuroanatomy), PSYC 314; PSYC 316; PSYC 397 (if with a Neuroscientist); BIOL 390; BIOL 396 (if with a Neuroscientist) or BIOL 397 (if with a Neuroscientist).



The following are required courses for the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Minor.

  • NEUR 101 Introduction to Neuroscience (formerly BIOL/PSYC 202). This course will introduce students to basic concepts and the variety of topics in the field of neuroscience, including neuroanatomy (gross and cellular), physiology, neural basis of behavior, malfunctions due to disease and injury, and methods used to study these areas; laying a foundation for advanced coursework in neuroscience.
  • BIOL 362 Neurobiology. The purpose of this course is to introduce major principles and concepts of modern neurobiology. An emphasis is placed upon an understanding of the electrophysiology of the neuron and the manner in which groups of neurons are organized into functional nervous systems subserving sensory, motor or integrative functions (BIOL/PSYC 202, BIOL 251).
  • PSYC 382/BIOL 284 Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience. Overview of topics and methodologies used in behavioral and cognitive neuroscience including: attention, learning and memory, language, reasoning, decision making, intelligence, emotions, social cognition, and consciousness.
  • NEUR 300 Seminar in Neuroscience (one credit hour, 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, PSYC/BIOL 202). This course will be offered each semester.*

For the laboratory experience, students may also take any two of the following courses:

Electives (one of the following eleven or an additional lab course):


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


  • ANTH 103: Biological Background of Human Social Behavior


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


  • CHEM 152: Elementary Physiological Chemistry B


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


  • PHIL 383: Philosophy of Psychology
  • PHIL 276: Philosophy of Mind
  • PHIL 273: Philosophy of Science


  • PSYC 251: Learning and Behavior

Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Minor Course Prerequisites


  • NEUR 300. Prerequisites: PSYC 101, BIOL 102 and BIOL/PSYC 202
  • BIOL 362. Prerequisites: BIOL 251 (Cell Biology, which has the prerequisite of BIOL 101 and 102; and CHEM 101 and 102, or CHEM 105 and 106)
  • PSYC 382/BIOL 284. Prerequisites: BIOL/PSYC 202
  • PSYC/BIOL 240. Prerequisites: PSYC 101 or BIOL 102
  • PSYC 250. Prerequisites: PSYC 101
  • PSYC 352. Prerequisites: BIOL/PSYC 202
  • PHIL/PSYC 279. Prerequisites: PHIL 130
  • BIOL 351. Prerequisites: BIOL/PSYC 202, BIOL 251, and BIOL 282
  • BIOL 357. Prerequisites: BIOL/PSYC 202, BIOL 251, and BIOL 282
  • BIOL 358. Prerequisites: BIOL 251 and BIOL 282
  • COMP 386. Prerequisites: COMP 150 or COMP 170


  • NEUR 301/BIOL 373/PSYC 388. Prerequisites: PSYC/BIOL 202, BIOL 362
  • PSYC 311/BIOL 313. Prerequisites: PSYC 304 or BIOL 335, PSYC 306; and PSYC 202, 240, or 382
  • PSYC 314. Prerequisites: PSYC 306 and 250
  • PSYC 316. Prerequisites: PSYC 306; PSYC 240 or PSYC 202
  • PSYC 397. Prerequisites: PSYC 306; senior psychology major; department and instructor permission
  • BIOL 366L. Pre-Co-requisite with BIOL 366 or CHEM 361
  • BIOL 390. Prerequisites: BIOL 251, 282 and 283; CHEM 222 or 224
  • BIOL 395L (if Lab in Neuroanatomy). Prerequisites: permission of instructor
  • BIOL 396. Prerequisites: Senior status; permission of instructor


*Students enrolled in independent research in Biology or Psychology with a neuroscientist are not required to take NEUR 300.


Double-Dipping with Other Majors/Minors

For students in either track of the Neuroscience Major or the Neuroscience Minor, any courses taken that count toward their Neuroscience Major/Minor may also count toward the following majors and minors:

Students may not double-major in both tracks of the Neuroscience Major or combine the Neuroscience Major with the Neuroscience Minor.  For all other majors/minors, the CAS Academic Council's double-dipping policy shall apply.