Neuroscience Minor

Neuroscience embodies the liberal arts experience because it draws on techniques and findings from several academic disciplines including biology, chemistry, computer science, exercise and sports science, mathematics, physics, and psychology. The neuroscience minor provides undergraduate students the opportunity to obtain fundamental knowledge and exposure needed to pursue careers and post-graduate studies in fields related to psychology, human development and aging, health and disease, rehabilitation, biomedical research, human-machine interactions, and other emerging disciplines.

The minor is open to all students, including psychology majors. However, students should note that they are limited to no more than 45 credit hours within a specific department. Students must earn a grade of C or better in at least four of the five courses.


In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor "core" requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the minor core requirements. Some programs may require higher standards for minor or specific courses.

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Core Requirements
NSCI 175IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to Neuroscience (with a grade of C or better)3
Four courses distributed over at least three academic departments, selected from the following lists:12
Psychology and Neuroscience:
Learning H
Sensation and Perception H
Any NSCI course numbered between 300-699 1
Psychopathology H
Clinical Psychopharmacology
Evolution and Development of Biobehavioral Systems
The General Linear Model in Psychology H
Applied Machine Learning in Psychology
Evolutionary Psychology
Applied Physical Sciences:
Exploring Engineering
Developing Your Sixth Sense: Designing Sensors and Electrical Circuits to Make Measurements
Data Science for Applied Science and Engineering
Optical Instrumentation for Scientists and Engineers
Cellular and Developmental Biology H
The Mathematics of Life
and The Mathematics of Life Laboratory
Mathematical Methods for Quantitative Biology
and Mathematical Methods for Quantitative Biology Laboratory
Human Genetics
Biological Physics
Comparative Physiology
Molecular Control of Metabolism and Metabolic Disease
Behavioral Neuroscience
Sensory Neurobiology and Behavior
Sex Differences in Human Disease
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Laboratory in Diseases of the Cytoskeleton
Exploring Brain, Gut, and Immunity H
Synaptic Plasticity: Analysis of Primary Literature
Behavioral Endocrinology
Mathematical and Computational Models in Biology
Introduction to Computational Neuroscience
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Light Microscopy for the Biological Sciences
Biomedical Engineering:
Biomedical Electronics
Human Physiology : Electrical Analysis
Systems Neuroscience
Medical Imaging I: Ultrasonic, Optical, and Magnetic Resonance Systems
Introduction to Biological Chemistry H
Computer Science:
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to Programming and Data Science H
Introduction to Scientific Programming
Data Structures and Analysis
Systems Fundamentals
Foundations of Programming
Computer Organization
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Discrete Structures H
Artificial Intelligence
Introduction to Machine Learning
Mathematics for Image Computing
Introduction to Robotics H
Computer Networks
Parallel and Distributed Computing
Computational Geometry
Images, Graphics, and Vision
Exercise and Sport Science:
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Human Anatomy F
Human Physiology
Neuromuscular Control and Learning
Neuromechanics of Human Movement
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Mathematical Tools for Data Science
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Calculus of Functions of Several Variables H, F
Linear Algebra for Applications
First Course in Differential Equations H
Functions of a Complex Variable with Applications
Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences I
Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences II
Introduction to Probability
Mathematical and Computational Models in Biology
Introduction to Dynamics
Mathematical Modeling in the Life Sciences
Introduction to Numerical Analysis
Linear Algebra
Scientific Computation I
Scientific Computation II
Methods of Applied Mathematics I
Methods of Applied Mathematics II
How Bio Works
Biological Physics
Statistics and Operations Research:
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Foundations of Decision Sciences
Introduction to Optimization
Introduction to Probability
Stochastic Modeling
Methods of Data Analysis
Probability for Data Science
Mathematical Statistics
Time Series Data Analysis
Machine Learning
Total Hours15

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.


FY-Launch class sections may be available. A FY-Launch section fulfills the same requirements as a standard section of that course, but also fulfills the FY-SEMINAR/FY-LAUNCH First-Year Foundations requirement. Students can search for FY-Launch sections in ConnectCarolina using the FY-LAUNCH attribute.


Except NSCI 395, NSCI 493NSCI 693H, and NSCI 694H

Department of Psychology and Neuroscience

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Regina M. Carelli

Associate Chair

Karen Gil

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Jeannie Loeb

Director of Undergraduate Psychology Advising

Desiree Griffin

Director of Neuroscience Curricula

Sabrina Robertson

Director of Undergraduate Neuroscience Advising

Rachel Penton

Associate Director of Cognitive Science Program

Vicki Chanon

Student Services Manager

Rachel Mintel

Undergraduate Instructional Program Coordinator

Christopher Coffey