University of Southern California

USC Neuroscience

Minor in Neuroscience

Grade Requirements
A grade of C- or higher is required to count toward major requirements.

Minor in Neuroscience: Core Requirements Units
PSYC 274* Statistics 4
PSYC 440*** Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience 4
BISC 421** Neurobiology 4
NEUR 408** Systems Neuroscience 4
Elect. 300-400 A 300 or 400 level course from the elective list for majors 4

*An equivalent course may be substituted with permission.
**Prerequisite: BISC-220 or BISC-221
***Prerequisite: PSYC-100

Recommended but not required: CHEM 103Lx (or CHEM 105La) plus MATH 125.

Students who have not already taken the pre-requisites (BISC-220/BISC-221 and PSYC-100) will need to take a total of 28 units to satisfy the requirements of a Minor in Neuroscience. Thus, the range of units will vary from 20 to 28 depending on a student’s background.

Elective Courses

Electives Units
ANTH 306 Primate Social Behavior 4
BISC 307L General Physiology 4
BISC 313 Evolution & Population Genetics 4
BISC 320L Molecular Biology 4
BISC 325 Genetics 4
BISC 330L Biochemistry 4
BISC 403 Advanced Molecular Biology to Medicine 4
BISC 406L Biotechnology 4
BISC 410 Applications of Molecular Biology to Medicine 4
BISC 411 Cell Biology 4
BISC 422L Neurobiology Laboratory 4
BISC 423 Epilepsy to Ecstasy: Biological Basis of Neurological Disorders 4
BISC 424 Brain Architecture 4
BISC 426 Principles of Neural Development 4
BISC 462 Seminar in Neurobiology 2
BISC 480 Developmental Biology 4
MATH 265* Mathematical and Computational Methods for Neuroscience 4
NEUR 490x Directed Research 4
PSYC 301 Cognitive Processes 4
PSYC 304 Sensation and Perception 4
PSYC 305 Learning and Memory 4
PSYC 320 Principles of Psychobiology 4
PSYC 326 Behavioral Neuroscience 4
PSYC 339 Origins of Mind 4
PSYC 404 Psychophysiology of Emotion 4
PSYC 420 Animal Behavior 4
PSYC 424 Neuropsychology 4
PSYC 425 Functional Imaging of the Human Brain 4
PSYC 426 Motivated Behaviors 4
PSYC 438 Behavioral Genetics 4
PSYC 450L Neural Network Models of Social and Cognitive Processes 4
BME 402 Control & Communication in the Nervous System 3
CSCI 460 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence 3
GERO 414 Neurobiology of Aging 4
GERO 415 Neuroaffective Disorders Aging 4

* Only an elective for BA and Minor.

A graduate class from the following list can be substituted for an upper-division elective with permission.

Units
BME 575* Computational Neuroengineering 3
CSCI 564* Brain Theory and Artificial Intelligence 3
NEUR 524* Advanced Neurosciences I 4
NEUR 531* Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology 3
NEUR 532* Systems and Behavioral Neurobiology 3
PSYC 506* Learning and Cognition 4
PSYC 510* Visual Cognition 4
PSYC 540* Cognitive Neuroscience 4
PSYC 544* Psychophysiology 4
PSYC 545* Neuropsychology 4
PSYC 547* Functional Neuroanatomy 4
PSYC 551* Decision Neuroscience 4

*with minimum GPA of 3.3 and permission of co-directors and instructor.