The School of Social Sciences
The neuroscience minor is an interdisciplinary program offered by the Department of Biosciences. Neuroscience uses very diverse methodologies to investigate the human mind and brain and the relation between them. Its subject ranges from the study of cognitive processes and representations via the empirical study of behavior, to investigations of the biochemical processes that occur in brain functions, and all of the interactions and correlations between brain, behavior, and biology that can be observed and/or modeled. The primary aim of neuroscience is to provide an understanding of how the cognition and behavior of organisms are embodied in neural processes. Such an understanding of mind and brain, bringing to bear many types of knowledge, is necessary as a basis for understanding and solving many practical problems: understanding the neurophysiology of disease; devising treatment for many pathologies related to aging, stroke, autism, and hearing and other impairments; improved understanding of human behavior relating to risk, addiction, and social pathologies; addressing practical problems in memory, learning, and acquisition of literacy; understanding the neural basis of emotion and its relation to human perception and behavior; and many other applications.
Upon completing the minor in Neuroscience, students will be able to:
Students pursuing a minor in Neuroscience (NEUR) must complete:
Depending on a student's interest, those wishing to minor in neuroscience may choose from one of two unique tracks:
CORE REQUIREMENTStudents must complete the following course to satisfy the Neuroscience minor's Core Requirement.
HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES TRACKStudents must complete a total of 5 courses (15 credit hours total) as listed below to satisfy the requirements for the Humanities and Social Sciences track.
Required CourseStudents must complete the following course:
ElectivesTo fulfill the requirements for the Humanities and Social Sciences track, students must complete 4 courses (12 credit hours) as listed below:
NATURAL SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING TRACK Students must complete a total of 5 courses (15 credit hours total) as listed below to satisfy the requirements for the Natural Sciences and Engineering track.
Humanities and Social Science Electives
Natural Sciences and Engineering Electives
* Indicates course is taught at UT-Health Science Center
** Indicates course is taught at Baylor College of Medicine
Note: Internally, the university uses the following abbreviations (4-digit codes) to identify the undergraduate minor in Neuroscience. The following is a quick reference:
Course Catalog/Schedule - Course offerings/subject code: NEUR Department Description and Code - Neuroscience: NEUR Minor Description and Code - Minor in Neuroscience: NEUR
Neuroscience does not offer an academic program at the graduate level.
The official course listings, including course descriptions, for the courses listed in the Neuroscience Undergraduate Requirements can be found in Rice's Course Catalog.
To see course offerings during the 2016-2017 academic year, see Rice's Course Schedule.
For additional information regarding Neuroscience, see the department's website: http://neuroscience.rice.edu/.