2016-2017 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin
This minor is designed for students going into graduate studies in neuroscience, animal behavior, or psychology; students going intomedicine;andstudents simply interested ingaininga better understanding of their own interactions with theworld.The minor will provide opportunities to develop a strong background of how the nervous system works fromthe socialand behavioral to the cellular and molecular levels. Beyonda core requirement, students may focus on topics of specific interest. Research experience is required.
Students must completean application andqualify for the neuroscience minor. Applications canbe submitted anytime after thefreshman year (30credit hours must be completed).Normally, students will be expected to have at least a 3.30 grade point average. Applications will beevaluated by the Neuroscience Education Committee, and they will be judged on overall academic merit. Application formscanbeobtained from the DepartmentsofPsychologyand Biological Sciences, theCollege of Arts and Sciences, and the Honors College and off the Web at http://zebra.biol.sc.edu/neurominor.
Courses suitable for the neuroscience minor may be offered as honors courses. Students minoring in neuroscience willbe able to take thesecourses, and they will have priority registration, even over Honors College students who are not minoring in neuroscience. This will provide students outside of the Honors College with the opportunity to do course work in the Honors College.
Eighteen credit hours arerequired to satisfy theminor. Students mustcompleteat least twoof the listedcore courses (Group A) and an optional distribution ofcoursesfroma secondary list(Group C). Students must also complete 2-3 credit hours of neuroscience research experience in a participating laboratory (BIOL 399, PSYC 498, or SCCC 399)–these credit hours are in additionto theresearchor practicum hours that may be applied to the chosen major. Information about laboratories in neuroscience can be found at http://zebra.biol.sc.edu/neurominor. Additional honors proseminars or other specialized courses in the neurosciences may satisfy minor requirements in Group C, provided the course substitutions are approved by the Neuroscience Education Committee.
Group A: Core Courses (6-7 Hours)
Select two courses from the following:
SCCC 330P - Introduction to Neuroscience
BIOL 635 - Neurobiology
PSYC 460 - Physiological Psychology
Select one course from the following:
PSYC 498 - Advanced Independent Study
BIOL 399 - Independent Study
SCCC 399 - Independent Study
Select 8to10hours from the following:
ANTH 361 - Becoming Human
BIOL 534 - Animal Behavior
BIOL 534L - Animal Behavior Laboratory
BIOL 460 - General Physiology
BIOL 543 - Comparative Physiology
BIOL 302 - Cell and Molecular Biology
BIOL 302L - Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory
PSYC 400 - Survey of Learning and Memory
PSYC 405 - Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 450 - Sensation and Perception
PSYC 503 - Psychology of Drug Use and Effects
PSYC 524 - Nature of Students with Mental Retardation
PSYC 507 - Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC 571 - Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory
PSYC 560 - Advanced Physiological Psychology
PSYC 570 - Physiological Psychology Laboratory
SCHC 386F - Neurobiology of Culture
SCHC 383Q - Neuroethics
SCHC 393E - Scientific Publishing (Neuroscience)
SCHC 399 - Independent Study
College of Arts and Sciences Neuroscience Minor
The minor is designed for students going into graduate studies in neuroscience, animal behavior, psychology or medicine and for students simply interested in gaining a better understanding of their own interactions with the world. The minor will provide opportunities to develop a strong background of how the nervous system works from the social and behavioral to the cellular and molecular levels. Beyond core requirements, students may focus on topics of specific interest in the very broad field of neuroscience. Research experience in neuroscience is required.
Students must complete an application and qualify for the neuroscience minor. Applications can be submitted any time after their first year of college (30 credit hours must be completed). Normally, students will be expected to have at least a 3.30 grade point average. Applications will be evaluated by the co-directors of the Neuroscience Minor and they will be judged on overall academic merit. Application forms can be obtained from the Departments of Psychology and Biological Sciences and from the neuroscience minor web page.
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 courses or other specialized courses in the neurosciences may also satisfy the minor requirements provided the course substitutions are approved by the co-directors of the neuroscience minor. No more than a total of six credits of independent study credits may count towards the minor.
Required Prerequisites to the Minor:
Required: 3 credits:
Research Requirement: 2 to 3 credits
The independent research can be done under any major independent research codes as long as the research is in the field of neuroscience, and is approved by the co-directors of the neuroscience minor. Examples include BIOL 399, PSYC 498, PSYC 598, PSYC 599, SCHC 399, and BMEN 499
Electives: Select courses from the following list. In addition, one three credit independent study in neuroscience may count in the Elective group. Sometimes Honors courses and special topics courses in neuroscience are offered and these are approved on a semester by semester basis by the co-directors of the neuroscience minor.
Note that many of the courses below have prerequisites and/or co-requisites. Course instructors can always give permission to take the course without the listed prerequisites and/or co-requisites and you should consult with individual instructors if you think that you have an adequate background and would like to take the course.
Please note that changes in programs of the Experimental Psychology BA, Experimental Psychology BS, and the Neuroscience minor, a new course proposal for PSYC 455, course name and description change for PSYC 460, course name changes for both PSYC 560 and 570, and prerequisite changes for PSYC 503, 507 and 571 are all linked to each other. The Neuroscience minor program change reflects a name change in BIOL 635 which has been proposed.
Please note that this is an interdisciplinary minor (similar to the Medical Humanities minor) and so is not concentrated in only one major. Neuroscience is by definition interdisciplinary and could not be offered by only one unit. The minor has been approved by CHE.
Justification: The minor is being updated to include a broader array of courses to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of neuroscience and to make the progression and expectations clear. A new course is being proposed which is PSYC 455 which is Introduction to Neuroscience. In the past, this has only been offered in the Honors College as SCHC 330. Because of the capacity limitations on Honors classes, the course has proven to be a bottleneck for some students completing the minor. The intent is to offer PSY 455 as both Honors and non-Honors in order to facilitate completion of the minor. PSYC 455 has no pre-requisites in order for students to be able to get exposure to neuroscience as soon as possible.
PSYC 460 will now be offered as an applied course in brain and behavior and is not suitable for this science-oriented minor.
BIOL 635 is in the process of changing names from Neurobiology to Neurophysiology and the course is too narrow and advanced to be a required part of the minor. It will remain a neuroscience minor elective.
Pre-requisites to the minor have been added in order that students are prepared for some of the advanced courses. .
The list of independent studies has been expanded to reflect the multiple units that have neuroscience faculty within them.
For courses in the list, some have been deleted because they are no longer offered (SCHC 386F, SCHC 383Q, SCHC 393E) or they are no longer taught with a large enough neuroscience component (BIOL 543, PSYC 524). Some courses have had or will have their names changed and the list reflects this (BIOL 635, PSYC 560, PSYC 570). Some have been added at the recommendation of the faculty who are familiar with these courses and the co-directors of the minor (BMEN 321, CSCE 555, ELCT 220, EXSC 351, PHIL 351, PSYC 370). Finally some courses have been added to reflect courses that are new (BIOL 405, 614, 634).
To: Sandra Kelly, Co-Director, Neuroscience Minor From: Kenneth Kelly, Chair, Department of Anthropology Subject: Letter of concurrence for ANTH 361
October 10, 2016
Sandra Kelly and Jeff Twiss Co-Directors
Minor in Neuroscience
Dear Sandra and Jeff:
The Faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences have reviewed the changes in the neuroscience minor and have voted to approve them at the September 26th, 2016, faculty meeting.
The Department is happy to include BIOL 101 as a pre-requisite to the minor and BIOL 302, BIOL 302/L, BIOL 405, BIOL 460, BIOL 534, BIOL 534L, BIOL 614, BIOL 634, and
BIOL 635 as possible electives in the minor.
The Department of Biological Sciences is pleased to support the neuroscience minor. Best regards,
Johannes Stratmann Professor and Chair
Department of Biological Sciences
Justification of Changes to the Neuroscience Minor
Letters of Concurrence from Anthropology and Biological Sciences. The originals are PDFs with signatures and on letter head and can be provided on request. The cut and paste from Word does not work well for the letters.
Letters of Concurrence from Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering. The concurrence letters are in PDFs and available on request. The cut and paste from Word is not working well.
Biomedical Engineering Program
Dr. Sandra Kelly
Co-Director, Neuroscience Minor Department of Psychology University of South Carolina
The Biomedical Engineering Program enthusiastically supports the inclusion of BMEN 321, Biomonitoring and Electrophysiology, as an elective course within the Neuroscience Minor. We are happy to be part of the instruction within this minor, which many Biomedical Engineering students choose to pursue.
We look forward to continued interaction with the Neuroscience Minor.
Melissa A. Moss, PhD
Director, Biomedical Engineering Program
Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering University of South Carolina
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 803-777-5604
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DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
DR. ROGER A. DOUGAL
11 October 2016
Prof. Sandra Kelly
Co-Director, Neuroscience minor
RE: ELCT 220 as elective in Neuroscience minor
Dr. Roger A. Dougal, Carolina Distinguished Professor Chair, Electrical Engineering
College of Engineering and Computing University of South Carolina Columbia, SC 29208
SWEARINGEN ENGINEERING CENTER · COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA 29208 · 803/777-4195 · FAX 803/777-8045
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION / EQUAL OPPORTUNITY INSTITUTION
Letters of concurrence from Computer Science and Engineering and Exercise Science. The concurrence letters are in PDFs and available on request. The cut and past from Word is not working well.
UNIVERSI TY OF
MANTON M. MATTHEWS PROFESSOR AND CHAIR
DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER ScIENCE
Co-Director of Neuroscience Minor Department of Psychology University of South Carolina
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering supports the use of CSCE 555 Algorithms in Bioinformatics as one of the possible courses for the interdisciplinary neuroscience minor for undergraduate students. It sounds like a very interesting minor.
We are also interested in exploring other opportunities for collaborations.
DEPT. OF COMPUTER SC. AND ENGR., UNIV. OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 315 MAIN STREET, COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA 29208 803-777-3285 • FAX 803-777-3767 • EMAIL: MM@SC.EDU
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY INSTITUTION
To: Sandra Kelly, Co-Director, Neuroscience Minor
From: James Carson, Chair, Department of Exercise Science Subject: Letter of concurrence for EXSC 351
I am pleased to offer a letter of concurrence on behalf of the course EXSC 351, Acquisition of Motor Skills, and its applications within the Neuroscience Minor curriculum for your records.
Public Health Research Center ● Columbia, South Carolina ● 29208 ● 803-777-2185 ● FAX 803-777-0558
Letters of Concurrence from Philosophy and Psychology. The letters are in PDFs and available on request. The cut and paste from Word is not working well.
DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY
Re: Neuroscience Minor, PHIL 351 Dear Prof. Kelly,
The Department of Philosophy fully supports the changes to the neuroscience major that you have outlined, and specifically the inclusion of PHIL 351, Mind and Nature, which explores a number issues in the philosophy of mind that are relavent to, and should be of interest to, those pursuing the neuroscience minor.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have further questions. Sincerely,
Professor and Chair
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA • COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA 29208 • 803/777-4166 • FAX 803/777-9178
The faculty of theDepartment of Psychologyhavereviewed the changes in the neuroscience minor and have votedto approve them. The Department is happy to offer a new course PSYC 455Introduction to Neuroscienceas a required course forthe minor and PSYC101 as a pre- requisiteforthe minor. PSYC400, 405, 450, 502, 507, 571, 460 and 570are all approved to be in theneuroscienceelectivelist.
The Department of Psychology is highlysupportive of theneuroscience minor. Best regards,
Doug Wedell, Ph.D. Professor and Chair Department of Psychology
I do not see an explicit letter of concurrence from BIOL, but that's not a reason to delay the processing of this proposal.
Thank you for submitting your proposal to the Committee on Curricula & Courses. We appreciate your patience and commitment to undergraduate and graduate education.
Action not required by BOT, CHE, SACS.