The Certificate in Neuroscience allows some undergraduate students to obtain recognition for completing coursework that provides a foundational understanding of brain function at multiple levels of organization.

To declare the certificate, students must meet with an MCB advisor and complete the online declaration form by the 10th day of their final semester.

Students completing the certificate will be presented with an official certificate and will be free to use this credential on a CV, resume, or application for advanced study. Certificates do not provide transcript recognition.

In order to receive the printed certificate and for School of MCB students to be recognized at the school's convocation, students must complete this checklist by the last day of classes in their final semester.

Twelve hours of coursework in Neuroscience is required for completion of the certificate. Courses must be chosen from the Approved List of Courses below. MCB 461 and 462 are specifically required, but the remaining 6 hours can come from any courses on the Neuroscience Approved List. Up to 3 hours may come from MCB 290 undergraduate research conducted in a neuroscience lab.

Note that courses marked with an asterisk (*) will also count toward the 15 hours of required approved advanced coursework for the MCB major. Courses not marked with an asterisk will count toward the certificate but will not count toward the 15 required advanced hours in the MCB major.

Approved List of Courses for Neuroscience Certificate:

  MCB 290   Undergraduate Research in approved lab up to 3 hours
* MCB 401   Cellular Physiology 3 hours, Fall
* MCB/NEUR 314   Introduction to Neurobiology 3 hours, Fall
  NEUR/PSYC 403   Memory and Amnesia 3 hours, Fall
  NEUR/PSYC 405/404   Cognitive Neuroscience 3 hours, Spring
  NEUR/PSYC 413   Psychopharmacology *Note, this course only counts for students who took it prior to spring 2022. 3 hours, Spring
* NEUR/PSYC 414   Brain, Learning and Memory 3 hours, Spring
  NEUR/PSYC 417   Neuroscience of Eating and Drinking 3 hours, Fall
  NEUR/PSYC 421   Principles of Psychophysiology 3 hours, Fall
  NEUR/IB 432   Genes and Behavior 3 hours, Spring
  NEUR/PSYC 433   Evolutionary Neuroscience 3 hours, Fall
  NEUR/PSYC 450   Cognitive Psychophysiology 3 hours, Fall
  NEUR/PSYC 451   Neurobiology of Aging (currently not offered)
  NEUR/PSYC 453   Cog Neuroscience of Vision 3 hours, Fall
*† MCB/NEUR 461   Cell & Molecular Neuroscience 3 hours, Fall
*† MCB/NEUR 462   Integrative Neuroscience 3 hours, Spring
* MCB 466   Neuro & Molecular Pharmacology 3 hours, Spring
* MCB 493 NOS   Neurobiology of Senses 3 hours, Spring

† Required for the Certificate

* Counts toward the required 15 hours of approved advanced courses in the MCB major

Notes:

Students are not guaranteed a seat in a course required by the certificate but are welcome to enroll in courses where seats remain available after any restriction, which may have been placed, has been removed.

NEUR/PSYC 413 only counts as an approved advanced MCB course for students who took it prior to spring 2022. Students who take the course in Spring 2022 or later cannot count it towards the certificate or towards their 15 required advanced MCB hours.

A course may not be used to satisfy the requirements of more than one MCB certificate.

Contact

Email advising@mcb.illinois.edu or call 217-333-6774 for more information.