Frequently Asked Questions
Do I apply for the Certificate or is it automatically
awarded to all students who qualify?
You have to apply for the Certificate. Most students
apply in their junior or senior year, but you can apply at any time. Please use the online application form to apply.
Do I have to major in either Integrative Physiology
(IPHY), Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCDB), or
Psychology (PSYC) at the University of Colorado to qualify for the
Most students who receive the Certificate are from
one of these three Departments, but other majors are eligible as
long as they fulfill the Grade Point Average and course requirements.
You should contact the Director
of the Certificate Program concerning your possible eligibility.
Only current or past undergraduates at the University of Colorado
at Boulder are eligible for this Certificate. Students from other
campuses are ineligible.
Are majors in the former EPOB and KAPH departments still eligible for the Certificate?
Yes, and all of the previously designated courses from these departments will continue to count toward award of the Certificate.
If I am have a double major, do I have to take
an additional advanced course in neuroscience outside both majors?
If you are a double major between IPHY, MCDB, and
PYSC, chances are that you will have fulfilled the distribution
requirement with the proper selection of advanced neuroscience courses.
In such a case, you do not have to take an additional course in
a third department.
Are you strict at enforcing the minimum grade
point average of 3.2 for the Certificate? What about course requirements?
Yes, the Award Committee strictly enforces the grade
requirement. There is limited flexibility regarding the course requirements.
For example, a course taken at another university might substitute
for a Certificate requirement. Be sure to consult with the Director
about a possible subsitution, preferably before enrolling in another
course. Do not assume that you can substitute a course without approval
of the Award Committee. Finally, you have to take all of the required
courses for a letter grade, not pass/fail.
What are the requirements for laboratory experience?
You are required to take a laboratory in General
Chemistry (1 year), Organic Chemistry (1 year), Physics (1 year),
and Introduction to Molecular Biology (1 semester).
Can I substitute Human Genetics or Behavioral
Genetics for the General Genetics requirement?
No. A general genetics course gives you a broad overview of the field.
Is the Certificate worth the extra courses
that I will have to take?
For students interested in attending medical school,
the certificate demonstrates that you have a broader academic training
than many of your peers, and that breadth could influence an admissions
committee. For students interested in attending graduate school,
especially in neuroscience, the certificate shows that you have
a rigorous background in the discipline, even though the University
of Colorado lacks an undergraduate major in neuroscience.
What happens if I can not register for a required
course in another department (e.g. PSYC 2012)?
Contact the Director
who will request an override to register for the course. This has worked well
in the past.
Can I take some courses on line to complete the
Yes, in some cases. Check with the Director first.
On line lab courses, however, do not count toward the Certificate.
When do I receive the Certificate?
The Certificate is awarded following graduation.
After graduation, the Award Committe reviews your academic record
and grade point average. If you meet the requirements, a notation of successful completion of the undergraduate neuroscience certificate program is added to your official CU transcript. The official designation of the awarding of the neuroscience certificate is currently being made right after the final courses are completed prior to graduation.
Does award of the Certificate appear on my University transcript?
Yes, but it may take as long as 2 months following
graduation before it appears on the transcript.
If I have already graduated and CU and fulfill
the requirements for the Certificate, can it be awarded retroactively?
contact the Director
of the program for details.
Last Updated: October 27, 2009