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. 


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.
  • 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?

Updated 7/1/2022

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

Medical Pharmacology & Physiology 3202

Elements of Physiology

Medical Pharmacology & Physiology 4202

Medical Physiology

Medical Pharmacology & Physiology 4204 Medical Pharmacology

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 3160

Perception & Thought

Psychology 3511

Emotion Regulation & The Brain

Psychology/Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences 3890

Music and the Mind

Psychology 4110


Psychology 4210

Physiological Psychology

Psychology 4003

Topics - Pain and the Brain

Psychology 4240

Cognitive Neuroscience

Psychology 4570

Pediatric Neuropsychology

Psychology 4973

Human Cognition Capstone 

Psychology 4974

Psychology of Art Capstone 

Psychology 4990

Pain and the Brain Capstone

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?

To officially declare your Certificate go to this link: https://advising.missouri.edu/majors-minors/minors-certificates/ 

You will receive confirmation after you complete the online form.  Once you have received confirmation, you can check your progress toward the certificate by running a degree audit at this link:  https://registrar.missouri.edu/degrees-audits/degree-programs-catalogs

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 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.