Neuroscience

Our minor in neuroscience explores the brain, nervous system and behavior. Designed to complement any major, our curriculum is geared toward students planning to pursue graduate study in biology, psychology or neuroscience, or for those with a serious interest in the field.

Our Program

An exciting and forward-looking field of science, neuroscience utilizes the tools and techniques of modern biology to study the structure and function of the brain and nervous system. Students can use their knowledge of neuroscience to research diseases and disorders, study the human body’s systems or investigate the formation and function of languages.

Neuroscience is considered to be an integrative science of brain, body and emotion. As such, our interdisciplinary program combines coursework in biology and psychology, including cognitive and physiological science.

Program Spotlight: Hot Topic

 Neuroscience is one of the hottest topics right now in biology, and we’re really pleased to have a minor in it. We’re talking about a field of science that affects the entire body, and it affects it in ways that are profound. Although it’s a new science, it utilizes techniques that are used across all of biology and has also been developing brand-new techniques just for itself. 

Dr. Lisa Zuccarelli, associate professor and chairwoman

Our Faculty

Using a hands-on approach to the exploration of scientific methods, our faculty prepare students for the challenge of exciting careers in the biological sciences. Consistent with the mission of the University, we provide students with the scientific knowledge and ethical understanding necessary for critical and creative thinking, thoughtful and careful analysis and sound judgment.​

Meet Our Faculty

Life After Salve

Our program prepares students for a number of graduate and professional programs in neuroscience, psychology, medicine and health care. Coursework in neuroscience may benefit students pursuing careers in nursing, speech pathology, occupational and physical therapy, audiology, nutrition or social work.

Possible careers include:

  • Clinical or experimental psychology
  • Dentistry
  • Library science
  • Medical illustration
  • Neurodiagnostic technology
  • Pharmacy
  • Psychiatry
  • Public health research
  • Scientific journalism
  • Technical or pharmaceutical sales
  • Veterinary medicine

As graduate programs in neuroscience vary from school to school, our minor will not necessarily meet all entrance requirements. Neuroscience minors interested in graduate study are advised to carefully review the requirements of their chosen program.

 My passion lies somewhere between the theoretical world of psychology and the hands-on approach of neuroscience. Taking neuroscience classes while getting my degree in psychology provided me with a solid understanding of how the human brain works.

Having a well-rounded understanding of the human mind not only makes me more patient and compassionate when working with clients but allows me to help them understand themselves a little better as well. I have found that many individuals living with mental illness are very interested in understanding the neurological basis of their disorder. 

Priscilla Villa ’13, graduate student, University of Rhode Island’s interdisciplinary neuroscience program and case manager, the Providence Center

Minor in Neuroscience

10 courses | 27-30 credits

Prerequisites for biology majors:

  • BIO111: General Biology I
  • BIO112: General Biology II
  • PSY100: Introduction to Psychology

Prerequisites for nursing majors:

  • BIO205: Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO206: Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • PSY100: Introduction to Psychology

Prerequisites for all other majors:

  • BIO110: Human Biology: Physiology and Health
  • BIO220: Cell Biology and Chemistry
  • PSY100: Introduction to Psychology

Required courses:

  • BIO284: Hormones and Behavior
  • BIO425: Neuroscience
  • BIO426: Experiments in Neuroscience
  • PSY320: Psychology of Learning and Behavior
  • PSY350: Biological Psychology

Students also choose two of the following:

  • BCH410: Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • BIO360: Animal Physiology
  • BIO497: Undergraduate Research
  • PSY310: Cognitive Psychology