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 BIOEN 466 Neural Computation and Engineering Lab (co-listed with NEUSCI 405)  or both NEUSCI 301 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience and NEUSCI 302 Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience
  2. BIOEN 460 Neural Engineering
  3. AMATH 342 Neural Coding and Computation
  4. One course on neuro/medical ethics- PHIL 442 (Neuroethics) or CSE 490T (Intelligent Machinery) preferred; PHIL 242, 409, 460, BH 311, 420 also accepted
  5. Capstone BIOEN 461 Neural Engineering Tech Studio OR NEURO 545 Quantitive Methods in Neuroscience (with director approval)
  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
 NEUSCI 401  Systems Neurobiology
 NEUSCI 402  Diseases of the Nervous System
 NEUSCI 403  Systems and Behavioral Neurobiology
 NEUSCI 404  Neuropharmacology
 NEUSCI 450  Topics in Current Neurobiology Research
 NEUSCI 450B  Current Research Literature in Neurobiology
 NEUSCI 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

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 Calculus II MATH 126 Calculus III
Year 3 NEUSCI 450 Neuroscience Papers AMATH 342 Neural Coding and Computation BIOL 130 Intro to Neuroscience
NEUSCI 490 Computational Neuroscience Elective 1 BIOEN 466
AMATH 301 Scientific Computing
Year 4 BIOEN 460 Neural Engineering BIOEN 461 Neural Engineering Tech Studio Philosophy class
Elective 2 Elective 3 (if needed)

Schedule 2: NEUSCI major

Autumn Winter Spring
Year 1 – 2 MATH 125 Calculus II MATH 126 Calculus III
BIOL 180 Introductory Biology BIOL 200 Introductory Biology BIOL 220 Introductory Biology
Year 3 NEUSCI 450 Neuroscience Papers AMATH 342 Neural Coding and Computation BIOEN 466 Neural Engineering Lab
NEUSCI 490 Computational Neuroscience NBIO 301 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience NEUSCI 401 Systems Neuroscience
AMATH 301 Scientific Computing
Year 4 BIOEN 460 Neural Engineering BIOEN 461 Neural Engineering Tech Studio Philosophy class
NEUSCI 302 Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience NEUSCI 402 Diseases of the Nervous System NEUSCI 404 Neuropharmacology
NEUSCI 403 Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience