Minor in Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Minor in Brain and Cognitive Sciences

The Minor in Brain and Cognitive Sciences consists of six subjects arranged in two tiers of study, intended to provide students breadth in the field as a whole and some depth in one or two areas of specialization. To find out more, please visit the course catalog.

How to Declare a Minor in Brain and Cognitive Sciences

The Minor Application should be filled out by the end of your sophomore year, but no later than Add Date one full term before the term in which you expect to receive the S.B. degree. You must consult the department's Minor Advisor, Associate Professor Laura Schulz, lschulz@mit.edu. Undergraduate Program Assistant, Jillian Auerbach must initial the form prior to obtaining Professor Schulz's signature.  You may email jilliana@mit.edu to set-up a time to meet in the BCS Undergraduate Academic Office, 46-2005L.

The BCS Minor consists of six subjects.  The required subjects are 9.00, 9.01, and 9.40.  Students may choose three other subjects of their choice from the list of tier 2 or tier 3 subjects, found in the department's undergraduate degree chart, http://catalog.mit.edu/degree-charts/brain-cognitive-sciences-course-9/.

Procedures for Applying for and Completing a Minor Program:

  1. Visit the Registrar website to print out the Minor Application form.
  2. Set-up a meeting with both the Undergraduate Program Assistant, Jillian Auerbach, and Minor Faculty Advisor, Professor Laura Schulz to plan your program of study and complete the application.  Bring a copy of your unofficial transcript to both meetings.
  3. After obtaining signature, bring the completed application to the BCS Undergraduate Academic Office (46-2005L). You will be given a copy of your application and it will appear on your student record.
  4. To change any part of your approved program, you must consult again with the Minor Advisor, and contact The BCS Academic Office to have your application updated.
  5. When you have completed all approved subjects within your Minor Program, bring a copy of your unofficial transcript as well as a Minor Completion Form to the Minor Advisor, who will certify completion of your program by signing the form. After obtaining signature bring the completed form to the BCS Undergraduate Academic Office (46-2005L).  You must file the MINOR Completion Form by the end of the third week of the term in which you plan to receive the S.B. degree—even if you are taking subjects in your final term to complete the minor. There will be a $50 late fee—but most importantly, you risk not being awarded the minor if the form is submitted late. If you are taking one or more subjects in your final term to complete the Minor, the Registrar will record that the Minor is completed in full when passing grades in these subjects have been reported.

NOTE: If you decide not to earn a Minor after applying for one, it is essential that you promptly notify the Minor Advisor. For more information, please contact the Undergraduate Program Assistant in Brain and Cognitive Sciences: Jillian Auerbach, jilliana@mit.edu