Addiction and Recovery
The multi-disciplinary minor in Addictions and Recovery supplements the educational needs of students across disciplines who wish to gain advanced knowledge and skills to support people struggling with a substance use disorder in all stages of the recovery process. The rise in the number of individuals struggling with addiction and recovery, the increased potency and administration of some drugs, and the specific needs of certain sub-groups within the addictions population are contributing to the complex landscape of addictions and recovery. Upon completion of the minor, students will have the knowledge and skills to support development and administration of programs designed to improve outcomes for those struggling with addictions and recovery.
The minor in neuroscience is designed for the student desiring an in-depth knowledge about the basic and functional aspects of the nervous system. A neuroscience minor can provide students with training in neuroanatomy and circuitry, neuronal physiology, evolution and development of the nervous system, biochemistry, cellular and molecular processes, and functional neurobiology of disease and behavior. Students studying Biobehavioral Health and Psychology could benefit from comprehensive study of the neurosciences in preparation for technical, medical professional, or research careers.
The Psychology minor is designed to provide a broad overview of topics within psychology, knowledge and skills related to research methods in psychology, and deeper knowledge of research, theory, and application in one or two specific aspects of the discipline. Completion of this minor may be especially useful to Biobehavioral Health students who want to better understand how people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors affect health; and for those students who plan to use their Biobehavioral Health degree to pursue careers elated to social work or human services.
Exploring Minors Offered at Other Penn State Locations
In most cases, students do not have to be enrolled in the college that offers a particular minor in order to pursue that minor. For example, a student can be enrolled in a Penn State Greater Allegheny major and still pursue a minor offered at another location as long as Greater Allegheny offers the courses required for the minor.
Note, however, that a student may not change from a campus that offers his/her major to a campus that does not offer the major in order to complete a minor.
For more information about Penn State Minors, visit the Undergraduate Bulletin.