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Neuroscience Minor

The neuroscience minor allows students to take neuroscience courses across a number of different majors.  Neuroscience is a field that is fundamentally interdisciplinary and very broad and students are strongly encouraged to take courses ranging from a focus on the molecular aspects of the nervous system to cognitive neuroscience.

Students interested in medical school, graduate school in neuroscience, or health-related fields and just interested in the brain are encouraged to take the minor.  This is a science-oriented minor that requires students to have a basic understanding of biology and chemistry even at the introductory level.  


Students must apply to be accepted to the Neuroscience Minor. Eighteen credit hours are required to satisfy the minor. Students must complete the required three credit Introduction to Neuroscience course and 2-3 credit hours of neuroscience research experience under an independent study number. 

Additional honors course or other specialized courses in neurosciences may also satisfy the minor requirements provided the course substitutions are approved by the one of the co-directors of the neuroscience minor. No more than a total of six credits of independent study credits may count towards the minor. The requirements for the neuroscience minor are indicated in the Undergraduate Bulletin.  Students entering USC prior to 2017 may go by either these requirements or the previous requirements listed in previous Undergraduate Bulletins of their year.

Students should check with their major advisor about whether classes in the minor can also count in the major.  In the College of Arts and Sciences, courses cannot be double-counted across the minor and the major.  More information on the minor, including potential research mentors, and application process is available on the Neuroscience Minor Website.

Undergraduate Research Funding and Important Links

Students should contact the UofSC Office of Undergraduate Research to learn about research funding opportunities at UofSC.  In addition, Honors students should contact their Honors advisor for information about research funding through the South Carolina Honors College. Other funding sources can be found in the Grant Foundations list maintained by University of Michigan

IMPULSE, An International Undergraduate Journal of Neuroscience published on line by USC undergraduates.

Impulse Student Organization @ USC
Minus9, A journal that features student work on Nanotechnology and other emerging technologies.

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