Social, Cognitive, & Affective Neuroscience, Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN) program enables graduate students and professionals preparing for a wide range of careers to work knowledgeably with neuroscience. Our program’s aim is to supplement your education if you have expertise in areas other than neuroscience, enabling you to incorporate some of the concepts and methods of neuroscience into your work. The curriculum focuses on the aspects of neuroscience that have the most direct application to the understanding of human behavior, specifically social, cognitive and affective neuroscience.

For more information: https://neuroethics.upenn.edu/scan/

Curriculum

Apply neuroscience to your field of interest

Penn’s Graduate Certificate in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN) is a four-course program that can be completed in one to two years. The required courses provide a strong grasp of neuroscience for non-neuroscientists, emphasizing those aspects of the field that are most relevant to understanding human behavior. The curriculum is composed of two foundational requirements and two electives.

Students meet individually with the program directors in September of their first year to discuss their goals and possible elective courses. To fulfill the requirements of the SCAN certificate, students are expected to earn a B or higher in every course.

Required Courses

PSYC 5470Foundations of Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience1
PSYC 7470Contemporary Research Issues in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience1

Elective Courses

The remaining two courses are intended to strengthen your mastery of specific areas of neuroscience and its relation to your fields of interest. Electives are organized into three categories, shown below. For these electives, students may take two Advanced Neuroscience courses or one course from any of these three categories: Advanced Neuroscience, Neuroscience & Society, Bridging. Approved electives for the upcoming semester can also be viewed below.

Upcoming Electives Offered
Advanced Neuroscience Courses
BE 5210Brain-Computer Interfaces1
BE 5660Networked Neuroscience1
NRSC 4421Functional Imaging of the Human Brain1
NRSC 4430The Cognitive Neuroscience of Autism1
NRSC 4440The Neuroscience behind the addiction to chocolate, wine, coffee and tobacco1
NRSC 4482Clinical Psychopharmacology1
NRSC 5585Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience1
CRIM 6710Violence: A Clinical Neuroscience Approach1
PSYC 3790Neuroeconomics Seminar1
PSYC 3231Consciousness Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience1
PSYC 3233/NRSC 4233Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience: Brain Development1
PSYC 3280Neurological Insights into Cognition and Behavior Seminar1
PSYC 3100Being Human: The Biology of Human Behavior, Cognition, and Culture1
Neuroscience & Society Courses
PSYC 5570Neuroscience, Ethics & Law1
PSYC 3231Consciousness Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience1
PSYC 3233/NRSC 4233Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience: Brain Development1
MKTG 7370Introduction to Brain Science for Business 10.5
MKTG 8500Special Topics - Consumer Neuroscience 10.5
Bridging Courses
PSYC 5570Neuroscience, Ethics & Law1
MKTG 7370Introduction to Brain Science for Business 10.5
MKTG 7390Visual Marketing1
MKTG 8500Special Topics - Consumer Neuroscience 10.5
Advanced Neuroscience
BE 5210Brain-Computer Interfaces1
BE 5660Networked Neuroscience1
NRSC 4421Functional Imaging of the Human Brain1
NRSC 4430The Cognitive Neuroscience of Autism1
NRSC 4440The Neuroscience behind the addiction to chocolate, wine, coffee and tobacco1
NRSC 4475Neurodegenerative Diseases1
NRSC 4482Clinical Psychopharmacology1
NRSC 5585/PSYC 5390Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience1
CRIM 6710Violence: A Clinical Neuroscience Approach1
PSYC 3790Neuroeconomics Seminar1
PSYC 3231Consciousness Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience1
PSYC 3233/NRSC 4233Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience: Brain Development1
PSYC 3280Neurological Insights into Cognition and Behavior Seminar1
PSYC 3100Being Human: The Biology of Human Behavior, Cognition, and Culture1
NRSC 4442Neurobiology of Learning and Memory1
NRSC 4480Biological Basis of Psychiatric Disorders1
COMM 8800The Social Neuroscience of Communication1
PSYC 6000Proseminar in General Psychology1
NRSC 4460/PSYC 3260Neuroendocrinology Seminar1
NRSC 4110Neural Systems and Behavior1
MKTG 8500Special Topics - Consumer Neuroscience0.5
PSYC 3231Consciousness Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience1
PSYC 3233/NRSC 4233Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience: Brain Development1
PSYC 5570Neuroscience, Ethics & Law1
PSYC 6000Proseminar in General Psychology1
Neuroscience and Society
PSYC 5570Neuroscience, Ethics & Law1
PSYC 3231Consciousness Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience1
PSYC 3233/NRSC 4233Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience: Brain Development1
MKTG 8500Special Topics - Consumer Neuroscience 10.5
MKTG 7370Introduction to Brain Science for Business 10.5
COMM 8800The Social Neuroscience of Communication1
BIOE 5550Bioethics and Technology: Neuroethics1
PSYC 3770Educational Neuroscience Seminar1
PSYC 7050Neuroethics1
PSYC 7440Brain Development & Society1
PUBH 5890The Public Health Challenges of Alzheimer's Disease and Cognitive Aging1
Bridging
This category includes courses in the student’s home field or a closely related field that includes substantial neuroscience material. The availability of bridging courses varies by program and by year, and course eligibility depends on the syllabus used in a given year. Courses are approved on a case-by-case basis by the Advisory Board after reviewing the course syllabus.
PSYC 5570Neuroscience, Ethics & Law1
MKTG 8500Special Topics - Consumer Neuroscience 10.5
MKTG 7370Introduction to Brain Science for Business 10.5
MKTG 7390Visual Marketing1
LAW 7050Mental Health Law3
LAW 9250Freedom, Responsibility and Neuroscience3
PHIL 5840Philosophy of Psychology1

Other program requirements and opportunities

Students meet individually with the program directors in September of their first year to discuss their goals and possible elective courses. To fulfill the requirements of the SCAN certificate, students are expected to earn a B or higher in every course. In addition to the four courses, it is a requirement to attend the annual half-day retreat while enrolled in the program.

The SCAN program makes study space available near the required course classrooms, with textbooks on reserve. Students may propose local neuroscientists as SCAN-sponsored lunch guests for informal conversation in this same area.

Prerequisites

There are no course prerequisites required to apply to the SCAN program. However, some of the elective courses that can be taken to fulfill the SCAN course sequence do have prerequisites.  Some requirements are waived for SCAN students via a permit issued by the Department of Psychology. All permits for SCAN students are submitted at the end of the application period. At that time, you receive notification that you can register for the course.

Please e-mail us if you have any questions about prerequisites and course registration.

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MKTG 8500 Special Topics - Consumer Neuroscience and MKTG 7370 Introduction to Brain Science for Business must be taken together for one credit.


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2022 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.