Certificate in Neuroscience

Certificate in Neuroscience
Certificate in Neuroscience

About the Certificate in Neuroscience

Understanding the intricate correlations between neural mechanisms and behavior is an important area of contemporary scientific research. The Certificate in Neuroscience allows you to explore biological, psychological, and clinical approaches to understand the nervous system as the biological basis of behavior. You will learn to apply studies in neurochemistry, neuroendocrinology, and pharmacology to gain deeper insight into behavior, focusing on areas including perception, social behavior, mental health, and the effect of drugs on the function of the central nervous system.

The Certificate in Neuroscience is a 4-course, 4 c.u.* credit program of study. To earn a certificate, students first complete NEUR 100: Introduction to Neuroscience, followed by any three neuroscience courses. Students who complete the basic certificate may pursue an advanced certificate (6-course, 6 c.u.) by adding two additional neuroscience courses.

Penn LPS Online courses in the Certificate in Neuroscience are offered on an accelerated (8-week) schedule. Courses in the certificate program are largely asynchronous with some optional synchronous sessions to be scheduled by the instructors.

You have the option to enroll in individual courses without committing to the entire certificate, enjoying the flexibility and expertise offered by Penn LPS Online to suit your schedule and interests. Visit the Cost of Attendance page for course tuition and fee rates. Certificate students and individual course takers must first complete NEUR 100: Introduction to Neuroscience before enrolling in additional neuroscience courses. Read more about the required neuroscience learning assessment for this course on the NEUR 100 course page.

*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.

The Certificate in Neuroscience prepares you to:

  • Describe the structure and function of the vertebrate nervous system and its application to the neurobiology of behavior
  • Understand the structures and functions of neurochemicals that are generated by and modulate the nervous system
  • Examine the various roles played by the nervous and endocrine systems in controlling physiological processes and behavior, with a focus on sexual and parental behaviors, aggression, and ingestion
  • Learn about the mechanism by which drugs can influence the functioning of the central nervous system and the effect of drug actions both in the central nervous system and in the periphery
  • Critically evaluate research strategies and hypotheses in neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurochemistry, and neuropharmacology to understand psychiatric disorders from a biological perspective

Courses

Certificate students and individual course takers must first complete NEUR 100: Introduction to Neuroscience before enrolling in additional neuroscience courses. When you register for NEUR 100, you are automatically enrolled in a neuroscience learning assessment to gauge your prior knowledge of biology and chemistry and help prepare you for the course.

Certificate students must first complete NEUR 100: Introduction to Neuroscience, followed by any three neuroscience courses. Students who complete the basic certificate may pursue an advanced certificate by adding two additional neuroscience courses.

Courses are subject to change.

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Meet the Faculty

Lori Flanagan-Cato, PhD
  • Faculty, Penn LPS Online Certificate in Neuroscience
Jennifer Heerding, PhD
  • Faculty, Penn LPS Online Certificate in Neuroscience
Mike Kane, PhD
  • Faculty, Penn LPS Online Certificate in Neuroscience
Mike Kaplan, PhD
  • Faculty, Penn LPS Online Certificate in Neuroscience
Nedra Lexow, PhD
  • Faculty, Penn LPS Online Certificate in Neuroscience
Judith McLean, PhD
  • Faculty, Penn LPS Online Certificate in Neuroscience

Careers related to Neuroscience

The skills gained in the study of neuroscience are applicable to a variety of career environments including healthcare, research, educational, pharmaceutical, and clinical settings. Career options include:

  • Hospital administrator
  • Lobbyist
  • Management consultant
  • Medical records manager
  • Research coordinator

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