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Neuroscience Minor

(HEGIS: , CIP: 26.1501 Neuroscience.)

Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
955 Main Street
3rd Floor, Suite 3102
Buffalo, NY 14203

Fraser Sim, PhD
Associate Professor and Faculty Mentor

David Dietz, PhD
Professor and Chair

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Why study Neuroscience Minor at UB?

*Not a baccalaureate degree program

A minor in Neuroscience is offered to science and non-science majors interested in acquiring a comprehensive background of modern medical neuroscience, through an inclusive curriculum focusing on how the central nervous system is organized, the pathophysiology of disease and treatment of disease states.

Learning Outcomes

The overall goal of the Neuroscience minor is to prepare students to critically think about and apply the neurosciences at the level of individual genes, cells, organs, neural circuits and animal/human behavior and; importantly, how these processes can become dysfunctional and give rise to neurological and neuropsychiatric disease. Students will be able to coalesce information across a wide range of basic sciences and disciplines applying them to a clinical and translational understanding of the brain. Additionally, a student minoring in neuroscience will develop insights into how the brain controls behavior, how neurons are capable of encoding and processing vast amounts of data, and identifying the current challenges in understanding how the brain functions in health and disease.

The Learning Environment

Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary minor incorporating courses from various departments across the university. Required courses are taught by faculty in participating departments with neuroscience expertise at any of UB’s three campus locations (North, South, and Downtown).

About Our Facilities

Students will complete coursework and/or interact with faculty from all three UB campuses (North, South, and Downtown):

  • The Department of Biological Sciences is housed and holds classes throughout the North Campus in Cooke and Hochstetter Halls, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls.
  • The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology conducts classes on the South and Downtown Campuses. Students have the opportunity to learn in traditional classroom environments from a range of faculty with neuroscience expertise.
  • The Department of Psychology houses offices and research labs (located in Park Hall and Hochstetter Hall) allowing faculty and students to conduct a wide variety of experiments utilizing cognitive, affective, behavioral, neurological, and psychophysiological measurements
  • UB has research facilities within a block’s radius of the downtown building that houses the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, providing tremendous opportunity for collaborations and resource sharing, include the Research for Institute on Addictions, the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, and the Clinical and Translational Research Center.

About Our Faculty

This minor is a collaborative effort between Biological Sciences, Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Psychology, but is open to all UB students who wish to explore the brain’s function. Our participating faculty have extraordinarily broad and diverse areas of research interests, including neuropharmacology, behavioral pharmacology, drug use and abuse, synaptic plasticity, neuroendocrinology, and several others.

Faculty List Directory

The Neuroscience minor is an interdepartmental, interdisciplinary program that utilizes a variety of faculty from across the University.

Please visit departmental websites for additional information on contributing faculty:
Biological Sciences
Pharmacology and Toxicology

Career Outlook

The minor is designed to give students a strong foundation and introduction to the field of neuroscience, often complementing their major area of study. Students will have appropriate exposure to content that would benefit both professional biomedical careers (MD), academic and industry-based research (MS, PhD), as well as scientific writing, patent attorney, science policy, dependent upon their primary degree program.

Academic Advising

Intended students in their first two years will work with the Jacobs School Undergraduate Education office to create an academic plan, discuss course selection and workload management.

The purpose of advisement is to provide students with guidance in course sequencing and selection.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Shannon Brown
Assistant Director, Jacobs School Undergraduate Education
Coordinator, Curriculum and Development for Neuroscience
Email Shannon Brown

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Published: Feb 01, 2023 08:50:37