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Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Certificate in Neuroscience

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements NEURSCACRT

A student may earn a certificate as part of completing the bachelor's degree and in addition to completing requirements for a major. Through coursework 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.


The certificate requires at least 24 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Introductory Psychology. One (1) course:
    • PSY-P 101 Introductory Psychology I
    • PSY-P 155 Introduction to Psychological and Brain Sciences
  2. Neuroscience. One (1) course:
    • PSY-P 326 Behavioral Neuroscience
    • PSY-P 346 Neuroscience
  3. Foundations of Biology. One (1) course:
    • BIOL-E 111 Basic Biology by Examination I
    • BIOL-E 112 Basic Biology by Examination II
    • BIOL-H 111 Integrated Freshman Learning Experience I
    • BIOL-L 111 Foundations of Biology: Diversity, Evolution, and Ecology
    • BIOL-L 112 Foundations of Biology: Biological Mechanisms
  4. Advanced Neuroscience courses. Four (4) courses:
    • PSY-P 337 Clinical Neuroscience
    • PSY-P 349 Cognitive Neuroscience
    • PSY-P 351 Psychobiology, Self, and Society
    • PSY-P 386 Social Neuroscience
    • PSY-P 406 Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
    • PSY-P 407 Drugs and the Nervous System
    • PSY-P 409 Neural Bases of Sensory Function
    • PSY-P 410 Development of the Brain and Behavior
    • PSY-P 411 Neural Bases of Learning and Memory
    • PSY-P 423 Human Neuropsychology
    • PSY-P 437 Neurobiology of Addictions
    • PSY-P 441 Neuropsychology of Language
    • PSY-P 444 Scientific Writing in the Psychological and Brain Sciences
    • PSY-P 453 Decision-making and the Brain
    • PSY-P 456 Reproductive Neuroscience
    • PSY-P 457 Topics in Psychology (approved topics: "Art and the Brain"; "Cannabinoid Neurobiology"; "Cannabis in Society and Science"; "Development & Maintenance of Brain Circuits"; "Molecular, Cellular, & Circuit Mechanisms of Addiction"; "Network Science in Cognitive and Psychological Science"; "Neural Language of Music Perception"; "Neurobiology of Cognition"; "Neurobiology and Recovery in Serious Mental Illness"; "Neurobiology of Neurodegenerative Diseases"; "Neuropsychopharmacology"; "Neuroscience Literacy"; "Neuroscience of Human Movement"; "Neuroscience of Psychedelics"; "Psychology and Neuroscience of Autism"; "Structure & Function of Cerebral Cortex"; "The Connected Brain"; "The History of the Brain"; "The Social Brain")
    • PSY-P 466 Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology
    • PSY-P 467 Diseases of the Nervous System
    • PSY-P 469 Stress Effects on Brain and Behavior
    • PSY-P 470 Molecular Methods in Neuroscience Research
    • PSY-Y 488 The Science Behind Brain Development and Function
    • BIOL-L 423 Brain, Behavior and Evolution
    • BIOL-Z 462 Genetics of Behavior
    • BIOL-Z 463 Comparative Neurobiology of Animal Behavior
    • COGS-Q 301 Brain and Cognition
    • PHYS-P 317 Signals and Information Processing in Living Systems
  5. Laboratory. One (1) course:
    • PSY-P 426 Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience
    • PSY-P 433 Laboratory in Neuroimaging Methods
    • PSY-P 457 Topics in Psychology (approved topics: "Lab in Cognitive Neuroscience"; "Research and Application of Sleep and Circadian Science")
    • PSY-P 472 Laboratory in Brain Electrical Activity
    • PSY-P 473 Laboratory in Molecular Neuroscience
    • With Department approval:
      • PSY-P 499 Honors Thesis Research
      • PSY-X 498 Capstone Supervised Research
      • BIOL-X 490 Individual Study
      • CHEM-X 499 Chemical Research Capstone
      • PHYS-X 498 Research Project
      • SLHS-X 490 Readings in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
  6. Elective. One (1) of the following options:
    • PSY-P 303 Health Psychology
    • PSY-P 329 Sensation and Perception
    • BIOL-L 211 Molecular Biology
    • BIOL-L 311 Genetics
    • BIOL-L 312 Cell Biology
    • BIOL-L 321 Human Immunology
    • BIOL-L 331 Introduction to Human Genetics
    • BIOL-L 417 Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    • BIOL-P 451 Integrative Human Physiology
    • BIOL-S 211 Molecular Biology, Honors
    • BIOL-Z 466 Endocrinology
    • Both of the following:
      • CHEM-C 101 Elementary Chemistry I
      • CHEM-C 121 Elementary Chemistry Laboratory I
    • Both of the following:
      • CHEM-C 102 Elementary Chemistry II
      • CHEM-C 122 Elementary Chemistry Laboratory II
    • CHEM-C 103 Introduction to Chemical Principles
    • Both of the following:
      • CHEM-C 105 Principles of Chemistry I
      • CHEM-C 125 Experimental Chemistry I
    • Both of the following:
      • CHEM-C 106 Principles of Chemistry II
      • CHEM-C 126 Experimental Chemistry II
    • Both of the following:
      • One (1) course from the Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry Lecture list.:
        • CHEM-C 117 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I
        • CHEM-H 117 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I, Honors
        • CHEM-J 117 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry for Science Majors
      • One (1) course from the Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry Lab list.:
        • CHEM-C 127 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I Laboratory
        • CHEM-H 127 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I Laboratory, Honors
        • CHEM-X 150 ASURE Chemistry Research Lab I
    • CHEM-C 118 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry II
    • CHEM-C 341 Organic Chemistry I Lectures
    • CHEM-C 342 Organic Chemistry II Lectures
    • CHEM-C 383 Human Biochemistry
    • CHEM-C 483 Biological Chemistry
    • CHEM-C 484 Biomolecules and Catabolism
    • CHEM-C 485 Biosynthetic Pathways and Control of Metabolism
    • CHEM-N 331 Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry
    • CHEM-S 342 Organic Chemistry II Lectures, Honors
    • MATH-M 212 Calculus II
    • MATH-M 301 Linear Algebra and Applications
    • MATH-M 303 Linear Algebra for Undergraduates
    • MATH-S 212 Honors Calculus II
  7. Certificate GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. Certificate GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the certificate—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    2. Certificate Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the certificate.
    3. Certificate Upper Division Credit Hours. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    4. Certificate Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.

Certificate Area Courses

Unless otherwise noted below, the following courses are considered in the academic program and will count toward academic program requirements as appropriate:

  • Any course contained on the course lists for the academic program requirements at the time the course is taken--as well as any other courses that are deemed functionally equivalent--except for those listed only under Addenda Requirements
  • Any course directed to a non-Addenda requirement through an approved exception

This program of study cannot be combined with the following:

  • Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience (NEUSBS)

Exceptions to and substitutions for certificate requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.