Neuroscience: Self-Designed Minor

The interdisciplinary minor in neuroscience includes a breadth of courses from the natural and quantitative sciences, philosophy, and psychology. Individualized programs based on a faculty-designed template guide students to discover fundamental principles of nervous system structure and function, the role of genes, molecules, cells, and nervous systems in behavior and mental activity, and insights into human nature, health, and disease.

The interdisciplinary minor in neuroscience is compatible with any major as well as study abroad. The curriculum offers multiple different points of entry for students, starting with the 100-level interdisciplinary Introduction to Neuroscience, or at the intermediate level through courses in the biology or psychology departments. Through it, students gain appreciation of how concepts and methods from multiple disciplines across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities are applied to understand complex problems.

Neuroscience Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

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Program Highlights

  • The program is flexible and compatible with any major, as well as semester away and study abroad programs.
  • Students are provided with advising based on individual goals and a faculty-designed template, and have the opportunity to submit their individualized program proposals twice annually to the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies for review and approval.
  • The Holy Cross faculty boasts more than a dozen members in five different departments (biologychemistrymathematics and computer sciencephilosophy, and psychology) who teach neuroscience-related courses and/or involve students in neuroscience-related research.
  • Holy Cross students present their research annually at regional and national neuroscience conferences and have had their work published in peer-reviewed journals along with their faculty mentors.
  • Several distinguished scholars are invited to campus every year to speak on a broad range of neuroscience-related topics and interact with students.

Neuroscience News

photo collage, Alpha Sigma Nu recipients
31 Holy Cross Students Inducted Into Jesuit Honor Society
Thirty-one Holy Cross students were inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu,  the Jesuit honor society founded in 1915, at a virtual ceremony held recently. The new inductees exemplify the society’s values of excellence in scholarship, loyalty and service.  Selection to Alpha …
Tatiana Thompson '22
Holy Cross Student Summer: Tatiana Thompson ’22
Tatiana Thompson ’22 Summer Plans: Research Associate Hometown: Bridgeport, Connecticut Major: Neuroscience, Health Professions Advising concentration Summer Plans I’m spending the summer researching a fascinating and important topic. What a lot of people don’t know, and what might surprise them, …
Rachel McLellan '20
Blog: McLellan ’20 Excited to (Literally) Dive Into Research in the Turks and Caicos Islands
NAME Rachel McLellan ’20 HOMETOWN Cape Cod, Mass. AREAS OF STUDY Biology major, Neuroscience minor, in the Health Professions Advising Program WHERE SHE’S STUDYING The School for Field Studies Center for Marine Research Studies in the Turks and Caicos Islands DURATION …