Curriculum Requirements for Graduate Students Seeking a Minor in Neuroscience

Graduate students studying at Iowa State University with an interest in completing a Neuroscience minor for their PhD are required to complete the following curriculum requirements. 

Students MUST be approved for the minor by the Neuroscience program and must follow Graduate College guidelines for POS Committee membership.

Graduate students wishing to seek a minor in Neuroscience are encouraged to contact the Neuroscience Interdepartmental Graduate Program Coordinator for further information.  Inquiries can be submitted to

Graduate students interested in completing a Neuroscience minor are required to select 12 credits, with a minimum of 9 credits being from the list of approved courses (see below) and up to 3 credits of thesis/dissertation research (NEURO 699).

Course Title Credits Term Offered
NEURO 556 Cellular, Molecular & Developmental Neuroscience 3 Alt. Fall,
Odd Years
NEURO 557 Advanced Neuroscience Techniques 3 Alt. Spring,
Odd Years
NEURO 661 Current Topics in Neuroscience 2-3 Alt. Spring, Even Years
BMS 537 Neuroanatomy 3 Spring
Kin 572 Neural Basis of Human Movement 3  
Psych 410 Behavioral Neurology 3 Fall
Psych 519 Cognitive Neurospychology 3  
NEURO 699 Research Variable Fall, Spring & Summer

As excerpted from the ISU Graduate College Handbook:

Graduate Minor

Students may request a minor in any program approved to grant a graduate degree and in programs approved to offer only a minor. A student may not minor and major in the same field. In all cases:

  • the student must receive approval from and meet the minimum requirements established by the program offering the minor,
  • a graduate minor must be comprised of courses that are available for either major or non-major graduate credit,
  • the student must have a minor representative on the POS committee,
  • on that committee, the major professor and the representative from the minor field may not be the same person, and
  • a minor must be approved by the POS committee, declared on the POS, and listed on all examination reports and the "Application for Graduation (Diploma Slip)" form in order to be eligible to appear on a student's transcript after graduation.
  • a minor cannot be added to a degree that has already been received.

For a master's degree: A graduate faculty member from the minor program must serve on the POS committee and the final oral examination must test for the minor.

For a Ph.D. degree: A graduate faculty member from the minor program must serve on the POS committee; the preliminary oral and final oral examinations must test for the minor. A minor cannot be added to a program of study after the preliminary oral examination is taken.