Departments & Programs

Psychological and Brain Sciences

Neuroscience Certificate


A student may earn a certificate as part of completing the bachelor's degree and in addition to completing requirements for a major. Through course work and lab experiences in this interdisciplinary certificate program, students will develop an in-depth understanding in neuroscience, from the cellular and molecular bases of nervous system function, to a systems-level approach to the study of brain-behavior relationships.

Required Courses

Students must complete a minimum of nine courses (three required basic courses, three advanced neuroscience courses, two labs, one elective) for a minimum total of 24 credit hours. Students must complete each course required for the certificate with a grade of C– or higher, with an overall GPA of 2.000 for all certificate courses. Students completing a major in Neuroscience are not eligible to complete this certificate.

Required Basic Courses

Complete all three:

  1. PSY-P 101 or P106 or P155
  2. PSY-P 346 (or P326)
  3. BIOL-L 112 or H 112

Advanced Neuroscience Courses

Complete any three courses from the following:

  • PSY-P 337, P 349, P 406, P 407, P 409, P 410, P 411, P 423, P 437, P 441, P 444, P 466, P 457 (any topic with P326 or P346 as a prerequisite)
  • BIOL-L 410 (approved seminars)
  • COGS-Q 301

Lab Courses

Any two from the following:

  • PSY-P 426 or P 433
  • An approved lab experience with enrollment in an appropriate departmental research course such as PSY-P 493 or P 494 or P 499, BIOL-L 490, CHEM-C 409, PHYS-S 406, SPHS-S 480

Elective Courses

Any one from the options below. Note that some of the elective courses have prerequisites that are not included in the "Required Basic Courses" listed above.

  • ANAT-A 464
  • BIOL-L 111, L211, L311, L312, L317, L321, L331, P451, Z466
  • CHEM-C 101-C121, C102-C122, C103, C117, C118, C341, C342, C343, C344, C483, C485
  • PHSL-P 416 or P417
  • PSY-P 303 or P329