Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Neuroscience

As part of the Cognitive Neuroscience initiative, the School of Integrated Science and Humanity offers a graduate certificate in Cognitive Neuroscience. It is a 15-credit interdisciplinary program designed to advance the scientific education and professional development of students through coursework covering a broad range of areas of neuroscience.

The curriculum concentrates on theory and methodology for conducting and understanding research in the field and its potential application to education and clinical practice. Participants in this program will be able to utilize the innovative training they receive to advance to higher levels of excellence in professional practice and research. For a full list of graduate level courses, visit

Admission Requirements: The program is available to post-baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral students. Applicants must be in a graduate program or have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale during the last two years of upper division undergraduate coursework.

Application Process: Students may apply directly to the Certificate Advisor Anthony Dick at 305-348-4202 or email before completing the online application from the University Graduate School website Applicants must submit current resume or curriculum vitae and official academic transcript showing a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Required Courses: There are two Core Course Categories, Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroscience, from which students must take one course each (6 credits). The remaining 9 credits can be taken from the listed Electives or from the remaining courses in the Core Course categories. Additional courses may be accepted for the certificate with approval of the Program Director.

Core Requirement 1: Cognitive Neuroscience (3 credits):
DEP 5058 Biological Basis of Behavior Development (3) Spring 2018
EXP 5667 Cognitive Neuroscience (3) Fall 2017
PHI 5931 Advanced Topics in Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science (3) TBA

Core Requirement 2: Neuroscience (3 credits):
BME 5505C Engineering Foundation of Medical Imaging Instrument (3) TBA
PHY 6716 Advanced Biophysics (3) TBA
ZOO 5785 Advanced Neurobiology (3) TBA

Electives (Up to 9 Credits)
CHM 5305 Graduate Biological Chemistry (3) TBA
EXP 5508 Applied Cognitive Psychology (3) Spring 2018
EXP 5527 Memory and Consciousness (3) Spring 2018
PCB 5835 Neurophysiology (3) TBA
PCB 5835L Neurophysiology (1) TBA
SPA 6410 Aphasia and Related Disorders (3) Summer 2017
ZOO 5745 Advanced Neuroanatomy (3) TBA (see PSB 6215 or SPA 5102C/L below for alternatives)

Additional courses can be applied to the Certificate with permission of the Certificate Director and of the Course Instructor
SPA 6254 Adult Communication Disorders and Cognition TBA
SPS 5107 Neuropsychological Bases of Communication Disorders TBA
SPA 5102C and 5102L Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology of Mechanisms of Communication Summer 2017
SPS 7705 Neuropsychological Issues in School Psychology TBA
PHZ 6706/PSB 6350 Physics of Cognitive Neuroimaging Methods I: No Longer available
PHZ 6707PSB 6350 Physics of Cognitive Neuroimaging Methods II Spring 2019
PSB 6247 Biological Bases of Behavior Fall 2018
PSB 6215 Human Neuroanatomy Fall 2017
PSY 5939 Neurobiology of Learning and Memory Fall 2017
CBH 5256 Animal Cognition TBA
CLP 6426 Neuropsychology Spring 2018
PSY 5939 Intro to Computational Neuroscience Fall 2018

The following courses are available to Occupational Therapy students only:
OTH 5524 Adaptation of Human Occupation and Environment for Neuromotor Disorders I (3) TBA
OTH 5438 Adaptation of Human Occupation and Environment for Neuromotor Disorder II (3) TBA

Students can also email the director (Dr. Anthony Dick; to ask if a course will meet a requirement.

Graduation Requirements:
The graduate certificate program requires that students maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and earn a “B” or better in all courses counted toward the certificate.