Undergraduate Programs

Minors and Clusters

Minor

The department’s brain and cognitive sciences (BCS) minor requires six courses:

A maximum of two courses may overlap between a student’s major and minor. An overlap is a course that is being used to satisfy both major and minor requirements. 

There is no minor in neuroscience. However, neuroscience courses may be used as electives toward either a BCS minor or a biology minor.

Related minors in music cognition and music and linguistics are available through the Music and Sound Initiative.

Clusters

The department offers nine clusters, all in the natural science and engineering academic division. Related clusters can be found in the Music and Sound Initiative.

The Senses (N1BCS003)

This cluster introduces students to the human senses, particularly vision and hearing, covering both the basic sensory processes and higher-level perceptual ones.

Mind, Brain, and Development (N1BCS004)

Students in this cluster learn about the brain and cognitive processes, with a special emphasis on their development. Due to overlap restrictions, this cluster is not available to psychology majors.

Perception and Development (N1BCS005)

This cluster introduces students to perception, cognition, their development, and their underlying brain mechanisms.

Language and Cognitive Development (N1BCS006)

Students in this cluster learn about the development of language and cognition and their underlying biological mechanisms.

Biology and Behavior (N1BCS007)

This cluster introduces animal behavior and its underlying biological and evolutionary mechanisms.

Neurobiology (N1BCS008)

Students in this cluster learn about the biology of the brain and the neural mechanisms underlying behavior.

Neuropsychology (N1BCS009)

This cluster introduces the biological mechanisms that underlie behavior with special emphasis on abnormal behavior.

Mind and Brain (N1BCS001)

Students in this cluster learn about perception, cognition, learning, memory, and development, considering both the nature of these processes and the brain mechanisms that underlie them. Due to overlap restrictions, this cluster is not available to psychology majors.

Language and Cognition (N1BCS002)

This cluster introduces the mental processes involved in human language and cognition.