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The Neuroscience Certificate at Covenant College


As one of the fastest growing and developing interdisciplinary scientific fields of the 21st century, neuroscience research is providing a foundational understanding of the chemical, cellular, and anatomical underpinnings of brain/nervous system function, cognition, behavior, perception, and psychological/neurological disorders.


Covenant's neuroscience certificate provides an interdisciplinary curricular structure and intellectual grounding for students intending to pursue graduate study in neuroscience-related fields. Pursuing the neuroscience certificate will also provide students with unique opportunities to consider mind/brain/body connections from a Christian perspective.


Required Courses

Students will complete an interdisciplinary mix of 23-24 course credit hours and a capstone comprehensive exam.

  • Foundational Grounding (8 hours)
  • Topic Area 1 - Cellular/Molecular Emphasis (8 hours)
  • Topic Area 2 - Systems Emphasis (3-4 hours)
  • Topic Area 3 - Behavioral/Cognitive Emphasis (3 hours)
  • Capstone Review and Assessment (1 hour)
View the course catalog for details
Neuroscience Outcomes

Covenant alumni working in neuroscience-related fields:

Dr. Katherine Wert, PhD (Biology, ’08)
  • Assistant professor of ophthalmology/molecular biology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Her research work involves gene therapy approaches to retinal degenerative disease.
Dr. Allison Keuning, PhD (Psychology, ’96)
  • Clinical neuropsychologist at Health Partners Neuroscience Center (St. Paul, MN)
  • Her work involves assessment of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral changes that can occur in the context of a variety of neurological, medical, and psychiatric conditions.
People aren't just minds, souls, personalities, social partners, or patterns of behavior; they are embodied minds, souls, personalities, and so forth. What does it mean that neural systems have mental, behavioral, and physical functions? This is the focus of neuroscience.
Dr. David Washburn

Professor of Psychology



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