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 is a 4-course, 4 c.u.* credit program of study that allows you to explore biological, psychological and clinical approaches to understand the nervous system as the biological basis of behavior. You apply studies in cognitive neuroscience, neurochemistry, and psychology as a basis for a better understanding of human behavior, focusing on areas including perception, memory, motivation, and emotion.

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.

*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
  • Understand the form, function, and pathology of the adult nervous system in terms of antecedent development processes
  • Critically evaluate research strategies and hypotheses in neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurochemistry, and neuropharmacology to understand psychiatric disorders from a biological perspective


Certificate students and individual course takers must first complete Introduction to Neuroscience. Certificate students must complete three additional courses from the list below to earn the Certificate in Neuroscience.

  • Introduction to Neuroscience (required)
  • Neurochemistry
  • Hormones, Brain, and Behavior
  • Development of the Nervous System
  • Clinical Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders

Course descriptions and schedules are coming soon. Courses are subject to change.

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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