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Get certified in Neuroscience

OSU's Graduate Certificate in Neuroscience program allows students to explore the depth and breadth of the brain, from its molecular and cellular bases, all the way up through neural circuits and behavior.  Through the required and elective coursework, students will learn about how the structural and functional bases of the nervous system give rise to the myriad behaviors, thoughts, and emotions that underlie our experience of, and in, the world.


The Graduate Certificate in Neuroscience is affiliated with the OSU Brain initiative to enhance the neuroscience presence at OSU, specifically among the three campuses that house graduate education (Stillwater, Tulsa, and CHS). The Mission and Vision of the brain initiative and the interdisciplinary neuroscience certificate program align with the Mission and Vision of OSU.


The goal of the proposed graduate interdisciplinary neuroscience certificate program is to complement the newly proposed undergraduate minor in neuroscience and create a bridge to meet the goals of the Brain initiative at OSU. The interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Neuroscience program will educate graduate students, foster an environment for collaborative research for faculty and students, and build a common language across disciplines.


Classes are offered across OSU campuses (Stillwater, Tulsa, and Center for Health Sciences-CHS).



Core (6 credit hours)

  • Neuroanatomy (3 credit hours):
  • HHP 5063 Neuroanatomy
  • or *BIOM 5993 Principles of Neuroanatomy (CHS, spring semesters)

Neuroscience (3 credit hours)

  • *PSYC 5073 Principles of Neuroscience
  • or *BIOL 5073 Principles of Neuroscience
  • or *BIOM 5983 Principles of Neuroscience (CHS, fall semesters)

Electives (6 credit hours)

Stillwater and/or OSU-Tulsa offerings

  • BIOL 5293 Behavioral Neuroendocrinology (3 credit hours)
  • CHEM 6303 Physical Organic Chemistry (3 credit hours)
  • ECEN 5783 Medical Imaging (3 credit hours)
  • HDFS 5283 Developmental Disabilities (3 credit hours)
  • HHP 5923 Readings in Neurophysiology (3 credit hours)
  • HHP 5823 Applied Neuromuscular Anatomy and Physiology (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 5823 Cognitive Processes (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 6483 Neurobiological Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 6583 Developmental Psychobiology (3 credit hours)

OSU-CHS offerings

  • BIOM 5983 Principles of Neuroscience (core – listed above)
  • BIOM 5993 Principles of Neuroanatomy (core – listed above)
  • BIOM 6513 Neuropharmacology (3 credit hours)
  • BIOM 6972 Role of Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors in Neuropsychiatric Disorders (2 credit hours)
  • BIOM 6543 Environmental Toxins in the Brain (3 credit hours)
  • BIOM 6200 Neurobiology of Addiction (1-3 credit hours)
  • BIOM 6183 Cellular and Molecular Biology of Pain (3 credit hours)



Admissions Requirements 

Applicants must meet the following standards:

  • Earned Bachelor’s Degree
  • Undergraduate courses in Biology and/or Physiology
  • Minimum 3.0 Cumulative GPA
  • Letter of interest including a Goals Statement
  • Where English is not the native language, students must have scored above 550 on the paper based TOEFL or above 79 on the Internet based TOEFL.

OSU Current Students and Alumni Application Fee Waiver Program 

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