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Interdisciplinary Studies Program  

Neuroscience (NEUR)

Minor in Neuroscience

What Is Neuroscience?

Neuroscience is an academic discipline which seeks to understand how neural systems give rise to thought and behavior. In many ways, neuroscience embodies the liberal arts experience since it draws on techniques and findings from several academic fields including biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and psychology. The Neuroscience minor at UNC Asheville exposes students to this breadth by requiring a certain number of upper-level courses for the minor to be completed in departments outside of the student's home major. Many students will find a Neuroscience minor relevant preparation for medical or graduate programs.


Requirements for the Neuroscience Minor

The neuroscience minor helps students understand brain science from different disciplinary perspectives. Students must complete at least 21 hours for the minor distributed as follows: BIOL 116; CHEM 111, 132; NEUR 216; 1 hour from NEUR 480; and 9 hours selected from the list of elective courses below. (Note: prerequisites for some of the elective courses may increase the total number of hours.) Six of the elective hours must be at the 300-400 level and must be outside the student’s major department. Appropriate courses may be substituted with the approval of the director of the Neuroscience minor. Students must earn a minimum 2.00 grade-point-average on all minor courses taken at UNC Asheville. One-half of the hours required for a minor must be completed at UNC Asheville, to include at least 6 semester hours of 300-400 level courses.

  • BIOL 338 Mammalian Physiology (4)
  • BIOL 344 Cell Biology (4)
  • BIOL 360 Animal Behavior (4)
  • BIOL 444 Biological Biochemistry (4)
  • BIOL 455 Principles of Animal Physiology (4)
  • CHEM 236 General Chemistry II (3)
  • CHEM 436 Biochemistry I (3)
  • CHEM 437 Biochemistry II (3)
  • HWP 343 Brain, Health, and Aging (3)
  • MATH 191 Calculus I (4)
  • MATH 192 Calculus II (4)
  • MATH 291 Calculus III (4)
  • MATH 352 Introduction to Mathematical Models (3)
  • PSYC 100 Introductory Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 321 Advanced Neuroscience (3)
  • PSYC 322 Sensation and Perception (3) 

Special Topics And Colloquia

  • NEUR 171-4: Special Topics in Neuroscience
  • NEUR 179: Liberal Studies Colloquia (LS 179)
  • NEUR 271-4: Special Topics in Neuroscience
  • NEUR 371-4: Special Topics in Neuroscience
  • NEUR 379: Liberal Studies Colloquia (LS 379)
  • NEUR 471-4: Special Topics in Neuroscience
  • NEUR 479: Liberal Studies Colloquia (LS 479)

Areas Of Neuroscientific Study ("Tracks")

Because neuroscience encompasses work at such wide-ranging levels of analysis, many students often focus on particular tracks of investigation. The Neuroscience minor at UNC Asheville seeks to emphasize the following three areas of research:


The study of the relevant chemical, neurotransmitter and biomechanical processes in neural functioning.


The neural and brain systems underlying larger-scale physiological processes, cognition and behavior. 


Modeling how neurons function and how neural systems interact to compute complex functions.

As the Neuroscience minor is new to UNC Asheville, not all of these tracks are currently represented in the course offerings for the minor. However, it is a goal of the minor to allow future Neuroscience minors to explore their interest by focusing on courses in one of the above tracks.

Last edited by on May 26, 2011