Course Requirements

Neuroscience is one of the fastest growing interdisciplinary fields of study in the 21st century, and its influence is widespread.

It has impacted disciplines beyond the natural sciences to include philosophy, law, business, the arts, psychology, and the humanities. The neuroscience certificate is an interdisciplinary, research-based initiative that explores a comprehensive knowledge of the nervous system derived from:

  • genetics, molecular and cellular biology
  • neuroanatomy the interconnectivity between various brain regions
  • neuropsychological factors such as cognition, behavior, and emotion

It is designed to introduce students to the nervous system and how it relates to their major. The certificate systematically interconnects/integrates the various levels of the nervous system into coursework and research across multiple departments. Below are the courses and requirements for this program housed in the Psychology Department.

Core Courses (8 hrs)

NEUR 241 – Foundations of Neuroscience (4hrs with Lab)

A sophomore-level introductory course and lab. An introduction to the neurobiological bases of human and animal behavior. Prerequisites: PSYC 101 or BIOL 241. Emphasis is placed upon neuroanatomical, neurophysiological, and behavioral methodologies which contribute to an understanding of brain-behavior relationships.

NEUR 369 – Neuroscience Collaborative Research (2 hrs)

A junior/senior level course where students would participate in laboratory research under the direction of a faculty advisor. Prerequisite: Either PSYC 269, BIOL 252, AHS 271 or consent of Instructor. This 300 level course will emphasize the current research tools and methodologies used by neuroscience affiliated faculty on campus and designed so that students would be exposed to several neuroscience research labs, standard research protocols, and equipment through a lab rotation model (i.e. PSYC, AHS, BIOL, etc.). This course is recommended to be taken after at least 8 hours of the 16 approved elective hours have been completed.

NEUR 494 – Neuroscience Capstone (2hrs)

A junior/senior level course with an interdisciplinary research component is developed as the culmination of the certificate. Students will develop a research study using tools from multiple disciplines to answer a question related to the field of neuroscience.

Elective Hours

Choose 16 credit hours from the following list of courses from at least 2 disciplines (at least 8 hours from departments outside the student’s major):

AHS 351 - Human Anatomy (4)
AHS 361 - Integrative Human Physiology (4)
AHS 452 - Applied Physiology (4)
BIOL 321 – Human Physiology (4)
BIOL 331 – Anatomy and Physiology (4)
BIOL 356 – Genetics (4)
BIOL 362 - Cell and Developmental Biology (4)
PHIL 341 – Nature of Persons (4)
PSYC 343 - Sensation & Perception (4)
PSYC 345 - Learning (4)
PSYC 351 - Cognition (4)
PSYC 381 – Introduction to Psychopharmacology (2)
CHEM 461 - General Biochemistry (4)
CHEM 462 – Advanced Biochemistry (4)
CFM 459 – Spiritual Formation and the Brain (4)