The College of Health Sciences recently announced a new minor in neuroscience. The minor was unanimously recommended for approval by the University Academic Planning Team and the University Board of Undergraduate Studies.
The neuroscience minor will be directed by Dr. Linda Vaughn, professor of biomedical sciences, and administered through the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the College of Health Sciences. It has been constructed in cooperation with a number of other campus programs including biological sciences, psychology, speech pathology and audiology and biomedical engineering. Although there are pre-requisites, the minor has been designed to so that it is accessible to students from many majors.
According to Dr. John Mantsch, chair and professor of biomedical sciences, pre-requisites for the minor are BIOL 1001 and 1002. For some classes, additional pre-requisites may be required. Students are required to take at least two out of three foundational courses – systems, cellular, and neuroanatomy and an additional 12 credits of elective courses (18 credits total) to complete the minor.
"The courses that comprise the curriculum have been pulled from each of the participating majors," Mantsch said. "Notably, all the courses are either already approved or in the planning phase, meaning that the program will require no new resources, which is a definite advantage."
Between 10 and 20 students are expected to declare the neuroscience minor annually.