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MCB Certificate in Neuroscience

The Certificate in Neuroscience allows some undergraduate students to obtain recognition for completing coursework providing a foundational understanding of brain function at multiple levels of organization. Students completing the certificate will be presented with an official certificate document and will be free to use this credential on a CV, resume, or application for advanced study. Certificates do not provide transcript recognition.

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. In order to receive the printed certificate and for SMCB students to be recognized at the SMCB Convocation ceremony, students will be expected to 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 an approved 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.

Certificate in Neuroscience Approved List of Courses:

  MCB 290 Undergraduate Research in approved NSP 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 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 advising@mcb.illinois.edu or call 217-333-6774 for more information.