Minor in Neuroscience

Program Learning Outcomes for the Minor in Neuroscience

Upon completing the minor in Neuroscience, students will be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the key issues, questions, and perspectives that define contemporary neuroscience.
  2. Understand neuroscience as an interdisciplinary field and demonstrate the ability to draw on, and synthesize, key findings and concepts in the sciences, humanities and/or engineering in both the evaluation of existing theories and in the formulation and solution of new problems in neuroscience.

Requirements for the Minor in Neuroscience

Students pursuing a minor in Neuroscience must complete:

  • A minimum of 6 courses (18 credit hours) to satisfy minor requirements.
  • A minimum of 3 courses (9 credit hours) at the 300-level or above.
  • No more than 2 courses (6 credit hours) from study abroad or transfer credits. For additional program guidelines regarding transfer credit, see the Policies tab. 
  • At least 2 of the electives should be completed for the minor only (not shared or double-counted with another major).
  • The requirements for one area of specialization (see below for areas of specialization). The Neuroscience minor offers two areas of specialization:

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this minor. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the minor’s academic advisor, or where applicable, the Program Director. (Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the minor's Official Certifier). Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Interdisciplinary Minor in Neuroscience18

Minor Requirements

Core Requirements
NEUR 380 / PSYC 380 / BIOC 380FUNDAMENTAL NEUROSCIENCE SYSTEMS3
Area of Specialization
Select 1 from the following Areas of Specialization (see Areas of Specialization below):15
Humanities and Social Science
Natural Sciences and Engineering
Total Credit Hours18

Areas of Specialization

Area of Specialization: Humanities and Social Science

Students must complete a total of 5 courses (15 credit hours total) as listed below to satisfy the requirements for the Humanities and Social Sciences area of specialization.  

Required Course
NEUR 362 / PSYC 362COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE: EXPLORING THE LIVING BRAIN3
Elective Requirements 1,2,3
Select at least 3 courses from the Humanities and Social Science specialization electives listed below9
Select at least 1 course (a minimum of 3 credit hours) from the Natural Science and Engineering specialization electives listed below (to provide breadth in the field of Neuroscience) 23
Total Credit Hours15
Footnotes and Additional Information
Area of Specialization: Natural Sciences and Engineering

Students must complete 5 courses (15 credit hours) as listed below to satisfy the requirements for the Natural Sciences and Engineering area of specialization.  

Required Course
NEUR 385 / BIOC 385FUNDAMENTALS OF CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR NEUROSCIENCE3
Elective Requirements 1
Select at least 3 courses from the Natural Science and Engineering specialization electives listed below 29
Select at least 1 course (a minimum of 3 credit hours) from the Humanities and Social Science specialization electives listed below (to provide breadth in the field of Neuroscience) 33
Total Credit Hours15
Footnotes and Additional Information 

Course Lists to Satisfy Requirements

Electives: Humanities and Social Science

All students must complete at least 1 course (3 credit hours) from the Humanities and Social Science Electives. Students pursuing the Humanities and Social Sciences area of specialization must take 2 additional courses (6 credit hours) from the following list, for a total of 3 courses (9 credit hours).

Select at least 1 from the following:
NEUR 301ADVANCED COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE: ATTENTION AND PERCEPTION3
NEUR 302ADVANCED COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE: HIGHER MENTAL FUNCTIONS3
NEUR 364 / PSYC 364COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE LAB1
NEUR 411 / ANTH 411 / LING 411NEUROLINGUISTICS3
PHIL 103PHILOSOPHICAL ASPECTS OF COGNITIVE SCIENCE3
PHIL 303THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE3
PHIL 312PHILOSOPHY OF MIND3
PHIL 358PHILOSOPHY OF NEUROSCIENCE3
PHIL 359ANIMAL MINDS3
PSYC 375NEUROPSYCHOLOGY OF LANGUAGE AND MEMORY3
PSYC 432BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR3

Electives: Natural Sciences and Engineering

All students must complete at least 1 course (3 credit hours) from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Electives. Students pursuing the Natural Sciences and Engineering area of specialization must take 2 additional courses (6 credit hours) from the following list, for a total of 3 courses (9 credit hours).

Select at least 1 from the following:
BIOC 415EXPERIMENTAL PHYSIOLOGY1
BIOE 492SENSORY NEUROENGINEERING3
COMP 440 / ELEC 440ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE4
EBIO 321ANIMAL BEHAVIOR3
ELEC 475LEARNING FROM SENSOR DATA3
NEUR 310INDEPENDENT RESEARCH FOR NEUROSCIENCE UNDERGRADUATES 11-4
NEUR 382 / ELEC 382INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTATIONAL NEUROSCIENCE3
NEUR 383 / BIOE 380 / ELEC 380INTRODUCTION TO NEUROENGINEERING: MEASURING AND MANIPULATING NEURAL ACTIVITY3
NEUR 401
NEUR 402
NEUR 412
UNDERGRADUATE HONORS RESEARCH
and UNDERGRADUATE HONORS RESEARCH
and UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH SEMINAR 1
11
NEUR 415 / CAAM 415 / ELEC 488THEORETICAL NEUROSCIENCE: FROM CELLS TO LEARNING SYSTEMS3
NEUR 416 / CAAM 416 / ELEC 489NEURAL COMPUTATION3
NEUR 481 / BIOE 481 / ELEC 481COMPUTATIONAL NEUROSCIENCE AND NEURAL ENGINEERING3
 Footnotes and Additional Information

Policies for the Minor in Neuroscience 

Program Restrictions and Exclusions

Students pursuing minor in Neuroscience should be aware of the following program restriction:

  • As noted in Majors, Minors, and Certificates, i.) students may declare their intent to pursue a minor only after they have first declared a major, and ii.) students may not major and minor in the same subject.

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: https://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Program Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the minor in Neuroscience should be aware of the following program-specific transfer credit guidelines:

  • No more than 2 courses (6 credit hours) of transfer credit from U.S. or international universities of similar standing as Rice may apply towards the minor. 
  • Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis. 

Additional Information

For additional information, please see the Neuroscience website: http://neuroscience.rice.edu/.

Opportunities for the Minor in Neuroscience  

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

Research in Neuroscience

Research in highly encouraged for all neuroscience minors, and may opportunities are available for independent research at Rice and other institutions of the Texas Medical Center. Students can receive course credit for independent research through the courses NEUR 310 and NEUR 401, NEUR 402, and NEUR 412. There is a 3 credit hour limit for applying research courses to the NEUR minor degree requirements. 

Additional Information

For additional information, please see the Neuroscience website: http://neuroscience.rice.edu/.