Undergraduate Neuroscience Certificate

Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary approach that provides explanations of behavior in terms of the activities of the brain.  Neuroscientists explain how millions of neurons operate to allow us to think & use information, interact with others, and experience the world. 

Neuroscience coursework at Mizzou explores many topics.

  • Human memory and cogntion
  • Medical physiology
  • Biolelectricity and neural signaling
  • Pharmacology

Students can explore this exciting field through coursework in psychology, biology, physiology & pharmacology, and engineering.  Then, these courses can be brought together to earn the Neurscience Certificate.  This transcripted certificate allows students to demonstrate their training at Mizzou to employers and graduate & medical programs. 

Please download the Neuroscience Certificate Requirements and Form on this page to learn more about the certificate requirements, review the list of approved courses, and complete the paperwork to claim the certificate.

What are the requirements for the Neuroscience Certificate?

To receive a Certificate in Neuroscience, an undergraduate student must complete 12 credit hours of approved coursework. 

  • All certificate coursework must be completed at the University of Missouri – Columbia.
  • At least 6 of the 12 credit hours must be 3000-level or above. 
  • A maximum of 6 credit hours from any department may be applied to the 12 credit hour requirement.
  • Certificate course grades must be C or better, no C- or below will be accepted.
  • A maximum of 3 pre-approved credit hours may be in Special Problems/Research, Readings or Internship coursework.  Students must demonstrate the experiential learning is related to neuroscience.

I'm not earning my degree in Psychology, can I still earn the Certificate?

Yes!  Any undergraduate student is eligible to receive a certificate in Neuroscience.

What are the approved courses for the Certificate?

Biological Engineering 4070


Biological Engineering 4075

Brain Signals & Brain Machine Interfaces

Biological Sciences 3700

Animal Physiology

Biological Sciences 4500


Biological Sciences 4590/Electrical & Computer Engineering 4590

Computational Neuroscience

Biological Sciences 4640

Behavioral Biology

Electrical & Computer Engineering/Computer Science/Biological Engineering/Biological Sciences/Psychology 2001

World of Neuroscience

Electrical & Computer Engineering 4590/Biological Sciences 4590

Computational Neuroscience

Medical Pharmacology & Physiology 3202

Elements of Physiology

Medical Pharmacology & Physiology 4202

Medical Physiology

Psychology 2110

Learning, Memory, and Cognition

Psychology 2210

Mind, Brain, and Behavior

Psychology 2220

Drugs and Behavior

Psychology 3140

Cognitive Psychology

Psychology 3150

Human Memory

Psychology 4210

Physiological Psychology

Psychology 4240

Cognitive Neuroscience

Psychology 4974

Psychology of Art Capstone Lab

I graduated already, can I get the Certificate?

A certificate must be completed and awarded at the same time as the MU undergraduate degree – certificates cannot be claimed after graduation.

I completed the coursework.  How do I claim my Certificate?

  • The student contacts the Psychology Advising Office at 573-884-3811, an advisor will prepare a signed form and scans/sends it to the student.
  • The student makes two copies of the signed certificate form and turns in the forms to the A&S Advising Support Center, located in 107 Lowry Hall.
  • A&S will dean’s stamp both copies, and give one to the student.  In a few days, the student will see the certificate noted on the “Academics” tab on myZou.

If a student completes different courses than those noted on the certificate form, the student does not need to complete a second form; at graduation the course changes will be noted on the original form turned in to A&S. 

Can I do research in neuroscience and apply it to my Certificate?

Yes. A maximum of three credit hours may be in Special Problems/Research, Readings or Internship coursework. Students must demonstrate the experiential learning is related to neuroscience.

What are career opportunities in neuroscience?

Neuroscientists work in many fields including medicine & healthcare, research, pharmacy, and counseling.  The  British Neuroscience Association recently published a guide Neuroscience: A Career Guide for Students with great information.

Where can I learn more about neuroscience?

The Society for Neuroscience is the world’s largest organization of scientists and physicians devoted to understanding the brain and the nervous system..

Who should I contact with questions about the Certificate?

Please direct questions to Ms. Jill Edwards and Dr. Dennis Miller in Psychological Sciences.

Diffusion MRI

Diffusion MRI from a study on cognition after brain injury (Courtesy of Dr. Shawn Christ)


Drug injection tracks in the rat brain from a study examining opioid effects on feeding and addiction. (Courtesy of Dr. Matthew Will)

Psychophysiology Lab

Undergraduate students conduct psychophysiology experiments in Dr. Steve Hackley's laboratory.