Northern Kentucky University

Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16


Location: Mathematics-Education-Psychology Center 301

Telephone: 859-572-5310

Fax: 859-572-6085

Email Address:

Web Address:

Program Director: Mark Bardgett, Department of Psychological Science

Other Faculty:

Christine Curran, Department of Biological Sciences, Rudy Garns, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Philosophy; Kristi Haik, Department of Biological Sciences; Kevin Kirby, Department of Computer Science; Cecile Marczinski, Department of Psychological Science

Minor in Neuroscience

Neuroscience represents an emerging integrative scientific discipline that seeks to: (1) better understand nervous system structure and function, and (2) use this knowledge to better understand mental processing and behavior. In addressing these goals, neuroscience borrows from an array of disciplines including physics, chemistry, biology, psychology, computer science, philosophy, anthropology, mathematics, pharmacology, and education. In turn, the knowledge gained through neuroscience research can advance the fields of medicine, biology, pharmacology, psychology, education, social work, forensics, marketing, and computer science, among others.

Students participating in the minor program will be introduced to a variety of perspectives on the field of neuroscience. These perspectives include neurobiology, evolution of mind/brain, theories of mind, behavioral neuroscience, psychopharmacology, cognitive science, computational neuroscience, animal behavior, linguistics, and perception. The neuroscience minor may be an attractive addition to a major in natural science, mathematics, computer science, social science, or humanities, and it should enable students to address issues and dilemmas in their major field from a neuroscience perspective. It may also better prepare students who are considering graduate study in fields impacted by neuroscience, such as medicine, psychology, education, chemistry, biology, pharmacology, computer science, philosophy, and social work.

In choosing electives, students must choose two from outside of their major. Psychology majors can apply only six hours of minor coursework to their major. Students must take one core elective course – it is strongly recommended that students consider using the other core elective courses as "general" electives. Electives may also include special topics courses, supervised research, independent study, or honors projects that are taken for credit, as long as the work focuses on some aspect of neuroscience. Students wishing to apply these courses to their minor requirements must receive approval from the director of the neuroscience program. Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses applied toward certification of the minor.

Requirements for Minor: Neuroscience


BIO 208 and

BIO 208L



BIO 425 and

BIO 425L

Human Anatomy and Physiology I and

Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory


Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology I and Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory


NEU 493

Cognitive Neuroscience Seminar


PHI 345


PHI 340

Philosophy of Mind


PHI 340 Neuroethics


PSY 311



Select one course from the following:

BIO 402 and BIO 402L

Advanced Neurobiology and

Advanced Neurobiology Laboratory


BIO 440 and

BIO 440L

Animal Behavior

Animal Behavior Laboratory


PSY 338

Cognitive Processes


PSY 360



Select three courses totaling 9 hours or more from the following:

ANT 275

Language and Culture


BIO 158

Biological Evolution


BIO 209 and

BIO 209L


Human Anatomy and Physiology II and

Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory


BIO 305 and

BIO 305L

Developmental Biology and

Developmental Biology Laboratory


BIO 349 and

BIO 349L

Genetics and

Genetics Laboratory


BIO 360

Advanced Biology of the Cell


BIO 400 and

BIO 400L

Advanced Molecular Biology and

Advanced Molecular Biology Laboratory


BIO 402 and

BIO 402L

Advanced Neurobiology and

Advanced Neurobiology Laboratory


BIO 407 and

BIO 407L

Ornithology and

Ornithology Laboratory


BIO 426 and

BIO 426L

Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology II and Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory


BIO 440 and

BIO 440L

Animal Behavior and

Animal Behavior Laboratory


BIO 467



CSC 325

Introduction to Neural Networks and Artificial Intelligence


ENG 381

Introduction to Linguistics


PHI 265



PHI 306

Philosophy and Science


PHI 315

Knowledge and Reality


PHI 340



PHI 345

Philosophy of Mind


PSY 309

Psychology of Perception


PSY 309L

Psychology of Perception Laboratory


PSY 311L

Biopsychology Laboratory


PSY 333

Abnormal Psychology


PSY 337

Animal Learning


PSY 338

Cognitive Processes


PSY 338L

Cognitive Processes Laboratory


PSY 360



PSY 465

Health Psychology


PSY 465L

Health Psychology Laboratory


PSY 494

Topics: Drug Policy




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Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16

The Catalog

Catalog Changes

University Accreditation

Employment and Earnings of Kentucky College Graduates

About NKU

Program Offerings

Admissions and Enrollment

International Admissions and Enrollment

Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

Academic Program Opportunities

University Policies and Procedures

Academic Support

Student Engagement

General Education

College of Arts and Sciences

Haile/U.S. Bank College of Business

College of Education and Human Services

College of Health Professions

College of Informatics

Pre-Professional and Interdisciplinary Programs

Course Descriptions

Course Description Notes

Accounting Courses (ACC)

Anthropology Courses (ANT)

Arabic Courses (ARI)

Art Courses (ART)

Astronomy Courses (AST)

Athletic Training Program Courses (ATP)

Biological Sciences Courses (BIO)

Business Informatics Courses (BIS)

Black Studies Courses (BLS)

Business Courses (BUS)

College of Arts and Sciences Courses (CAS)

Cooperative Education Courses (CEP)

Chemistry Courses (CHE)

Chinese Courses (CHI)

Cinema Studies Courses (CIN)

Computer Information Technology Courses (CIT)

Construction Management Courses (CMGT)

Communication Studies Courses (CMST)

Communication Courses (COM)

Counseling Courses (COU)

Computer Science Courses (CSC)

Career and Technical Education Courses (CTE)

Dance Courses (DAN)

Data Science Courses (DSC)

Economics Courses (ECO)

Education – Special Education Courses (EDS)

Education Courses (EDU)

Engineering Technology Courses (EGT)

Electronic Media and Broadcasting Courses (EMB)

English Courses (ENG)

English Developmental Courses (ENGD)

Entrepreneurship Courses (ENTP)

Environmental Science Courses (ENV)

Finance Courses (FIN)

Financial Literacy Courses (FLC)

French Courses (FRE)

Geography Courses (GEO)

German Courses (GER)

Geology Courses (GLY)

Health Education Courses (HEA)

Health Informatics Courses (HIN)

History Courses (HIS)

Honors Courses (HNR)

Human Resource Management Courses (HRM)

Health Science Courses (HSC)

Human Services/Mental Health Courses (HSR)

Informatics Courses (INF)

International Programs Courses (INTL)

Integrative Studies Courses (IST)

Italian Courses (ITA)

Journalism Courses (JOU)

Japanese Courses (JPN)

Criminal Justice Courses (JUS)

Kinesiology Courses (KIN)

Korean Courses (KOR)

Learning Assistance Program Courses (LAP)

Latin Courses (LAT)

Organizational Leadership Courses (LDR)

Library Informatics Courses (LIN)

Developmental Mathematics Courses (MAHD)

Mathematics Courses (MAT)

Medieval Studies Courses (MDS)

Management Courses (MGT)

Media Informatics Courses (MIN)

Marketing Courses (MKT)

Military Science Courses (MSC)

Music Courses (MUS)

Neuroscience Courses (NEU)

Nursing Registered Professional Courses (NRP)

Nursing Baccalaureate Courses (NRS)

Public Administration Courses (PAD)

Physical Education Courses (PHE)

Philosophy Courses (PHI)

Physics Courses (PHY)

Popular Culture Courses (POP)

Public Relations Courses (PRE)

Political Science Courses (PSC)

Psychology Courses (PSY)

Radiologic Science Courses (RAD)

Reading Workshop Courses (RDG)

Religious Studies Courses (REL)

Respiratory Care Courses (RSP)

Russian Courses (RUS)

Integrated Sciences Courses (SCI)

Sociology Courses (SOC)

Sports Business Courses (SPB)

Spanish Courses (SPI)

Statistics Courses (STA)

Social Work Courses (SWK)

Theatre Courses (TAR)

University Programs Courses (UNV)

Women's and Gender Studies Courses (WGS)

World Languages Courses (WLL)

University Administration


Emeritus Faculty


Kentucky Residency