Adaptive Brain and Behavior Minor
The Adaptive Brain and Behavior (ABB) minor will help students bridge learning between natural sciences, social science, and the humanities at the nexus of neurophysiology, behavior, and social environment.
Regardless of the gateway course selected by a student, he or she will have completed three Pathways Concept Outcomes (Natural Science, Social Science, and Identity and Equity in the United States) and both Integrative Concepts by the end of the ABB foundational phase.
Learn more about the ABB minor through the destination areas page.
Why do it?
In addition to meeting Pathways requirements, students completing the ABB minor benefit from having a multidisciplinary perspective on factors that impact health, wellbeing and resilience, and a deeper understanding of the neurobiological underpinnings of thoughts, beliefs, behaviors, and social influences.
The 18-hour minor in Adaptive Brain and Behavior includes a 3-hour introductory gateway course, 6 hours of foundational courses, 6 hours of elective courses, and a 3-hour capstone course.
Students choose between two tracks: Social Science and Natural Science.
For the courses attempted for this minor, students must have a GPA of 2.0 or better.
For a full overview of this minor's required courses and a list of elective options, consult the Registrar checksheet.
Social Science Track Gateway
HD 2014: Integrative Health Practices
Natural Science Track Gateway (choose 1)
BMES 2004: Concussions: Medicine, Science, and Society
NEUR 2464: Neuroscience in Society
HD 4714: Senior Capstone*
*Check with ABB advisor for approval to substitute classes including Study Abroad, Independent Study, Special Study, or Undergraduate Research.
The capstone course requires senior standing.
Based on their majors and personal career goals, students select 6 credit hours of elective courses from a list. One course must be 3000-level or higher. Courses selected as gateways or foundational courses cannot double count as electives for the minor.
Who is it for?
This minor is valuable to any student interested in how the brain and related neurobiological systems influence individual development, as well as families, schools, communities, and other social-systemic factors. The ABB minor will be professionally relevant to students preparing for a wide variety of disciplines including, but not limited to, biomedical engineering, teaching, counseling, therapy, economics, medicine, and other allied health professions.
This minor is hosted by the Department of Human Development and Family Science in collaboration with numerous departments across Virginia Tech.
Possible Core Concepts*
1a - Advanced/Applied Discourse
2 - Critical Thinking in the Humanities
3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences
4 - Reasoning in the Natural Sciences
7 - Critical Analysis of Identity and Equity in the United States
*Students are guaranteed to meet at least three of the core concepts listed
Intercultural and Global Awareness