Neuroscience Undergraduate Certificate

Certificate in Neuroscience

The undergraduate Certificate Program in Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary program requiring 20 credits of training in Neuroscience. The Program provides a group of related courses capped by a research experience. The Program is likely to be of particular interest to students who want to pursue graduate or professional training, but it is intended to appeal to any student interested in Neuroscience.

Courses taken for the certificate in the lower division (1000 and 2000 level) may satisfy general education requirements (that is, breadth requirements), if they are approved general education courses. Courses in the upper division (3000 level and above) may satisfy requirements for the student’s major, consistently with the major’s requirements. All required courses must be completed with a “B-“average or higher. Pass/Fail grades to not count.

Most courses required by the Certificate Program in Neuroscience have prerequisites. Some students may satisfy prerequisites by virtue of their prior curriculum. When this is not the case, students are responsible for satisfying the prerequisites.


The two entry level courses:
BIOL 1831Introductory Biology: From Molecules to Organisms (MOTR BIOL 150L) 15
or BIOL 1012 General Biology (MOTR BIOL 100)
or BIOL 1102 Human Biology (MOTR LIFS 150)
PSYCH 2211Introduction to Biological Psychology3
Select one of the following statistics courses:3
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Psychological Statistics
Social Statistics
Select two of the following: 26
Animal Behavior
Introduction to Neuroscience
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
Introduction to Machine Learning
Minds, Brains, and Machines
Philosophy of Mind
Topics in Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Cognitive Science
Introduction to Biophysics
Introduction to Psychopharmacology: Drugs and Mental Illness
Behavioral Neuroscience
Hormones, The Brain and Behavior
Human Learning and Memory
Cognitive Processes
Introduction to Social Neuroscience
Select at least 3 credits from one or more semesters of research experience 33
Chemical Research
Individual Studies
Special Readings in Philosophy
Directed Studies
Total Hours20

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, certificate earners will be able to:

  • Describe the molecular, cellular, and tissue-level organization of the central and peripheral nervous system.
  • Understand the properties of cells that make up the nervous system including the propagation of electrical signals used for cellular communication.
  • Relate the properties of individual cells to their function in organized neural circuits and systems.
  • Explain how the interaction of cells and neural circuits leads to higher level activities such as cognition and behavior.
  • Engage in research, generate testable scientific hypotheses, design experiments, and collect, analyze, and interpret data through collaborative research projects, lab work, internships, and coursework.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills by analyzing and evaluating neuroscience primary literature.
  • Effectively communicate scientific information in written and oral formats; prepare and formally present a scientific paper or poster about neuroscience research, including communication of quantitative data in statistics, graphs and tables.
  • Create a career development plan that matches an accurate self-assessment of abilities, achievement, motivation and work habits with specific job opportunities in the neurosciences.