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

Blog: Greenho ’22 Hopes to Inspire Others During First Year on Campus
NAME AnnaGrace Greenho ’22 HOMETOWN Charleston, S.C. STUDIES SHE’S CONSIDERING Psychology major, Neuroscience minor WHY SHE CHOSE HOLY CROSS “I enjoy the small, close-knit learning community and appreciate the ability to form unique and individual connections with your professors, as well as the students …
Intro to Neuroscience: New Course Offers Innovative, Integrative Exploration of the Brain
Neuroscience is a field that requires its scientists to integrate knowledge and thinking from many disciplines. Holy Cross has a long history of offering elective courses related to neuroscience, but with the establishment of a new interdisciplinary minor in the …
What do Neuroscience and Deaf Studies Have in Common? Just Ask Victoria Mousley ’17
Meet Victoria Mousley. She is senior psychology and deaf studies double major, with a concentration in gender, sexuality, and women’s studies. She wants to be a cognitive neuroscientist. And with an education from Holy Cross, she can. It all started …