Undergraduate Minor 2018-10-18T21:48:54+00:00

Minor in Neural Computation and Engineering

The aim of this interdisciplinary minor at the University of Washington is to provide students with a background in quantitative, mathematical, engineering and computational approaches to problems in neuroscience. The minor includes courses with a mix of computational, analytical and experimental methods that form the core of computational neuroscience and neural engineering. The courses will provide a common core of skills that will enable all students to move forward toward independent research and graduate work in these interconnected fields.  Students will be able to enroll starting Winter quarter, 2018.  Students who would like to declare the minor should consult with academic advisors in their home major departments. Enrollment in the minor is open, and can be declared at any time. We strongly encourage you to reach out to us to with any questions on the requirements. Jessica Huszar is available for advising by appointment.

Neural Computation and Engineering Minor Requirements

An outline of the minor’s suggested prerequisites and required courses can be viewed here.

Minimum of 30 credits as follows:

  1. Either NBIO 405/BIOEN 466 or both NBIO 301 and NBIO 302
  2. BIOEN 460
  3. Either AMATH 342 or NBIO 303
  4. One course from PHIL 442 (preferred), PHIL 242 or PHIL 409
  5. Capstone BIOEN 461
  6. Electives: At least 12 additional graded credits from the approved list
  7. Minimum cumulative 2.00 GPA for courses counted toward the minor
  8. Minimum of 18 credits outside of the student’s major

Electives (need at least 12 credits graded). Note, courses cannot satisfy both required and elective options.

 Course  Title
BIOL 459  Developmental Neurobiology
 BIOL 461  Neurobiology
 BIOL 418  Biological Clocks and Rhythms
 NBIO 401  Systems Neurobiology
 NBIO 402  Diseases of the Nervous System
 NBIO 403  Systems and Behavioral Neurobiology
 NBIO 404  Neuropharmacology
 NBIO 450  Topics in Current Neurobiology Research
 NBIO 450B  Current Research Literature in Neurobiology
 NBIO 490  Seminar in Computational Neuroscience
 AMATH 422  Computational Modeling of Biological Systems
 AMATH 482  Computational Methods for Data Analysis
 PSYCH 420  Drugs and Behavior
 PSYCH 421  Neural Basis of Behavior
 PSYCH 423  Sensory Basis of Behavior
 PSYCH 428  Human Motor Control and Learning
 PSYCH 429  Brain Anatomy for the Behavioral Scientist
 PSYCH 460  Cognitive Neuroscience
 CSE 415  Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
 CSE 428  Computational Biology Capstone
 CSE 440  Intro to Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
 CSE 446  Machine Learning
 CSE 473  Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
 CSE 484  Computer Security
 CSE 486  Introduction to Synthetic Biology
 CSE 490a  Entrepreneurship
 CSE 490ab  Computers, Ethics, and Society
 CSE 490t  Intellectual Property Law for Engineers

In addition to this coursework, students must make a presentation during the Mary Gates Undergraduate Research Symposium or Computational Neuroscience Connection Program. With prior approval, presentations at other conferences or events may satisfy this presentation requirement.

Sample Schedule

Two examples of potential course sequences are shown below. Please note that as the minor has many different options, your individual curriculum may vary. Please make an advising appointment with us if you have any questions.

Schedule 1: Non-biology major

Autumn Winter Spring
Year 1 – 2 MATH 125 MATH 126
Year 3 NBIO 450 AMATH 342 BIOL 130
NBIO 490 Elective 1 BIOEN 466
AMATH 301
Year 4 BIOEN 460 BIOEN 461 Philosophy class
Elective 2 Elective 3 (if needed)

Schedule 2: NBIO major

Autumn Winter Spring
Year 1 – 2 MATH 125 MATH 126
BIOL 180 BIOL 200 BIOL 220
Year 3 NBIO 450 AMATH 342 BIOEN 466
NBIO 490 NBIO 301 NBIO 401
AMATH 301
Year 4 BIOEN 460 BIOEN 461 Philosophy class
NBIO 302 NBIO 402 NBIO 404
NBIO 403