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 547Foundations of Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience1
PSYC 747Cont Res Iss in Scan1

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 521Brain-Computer Interfaces1
BE 566Network Neuroscience1
BIBB 421Functional Imaging of the Human Brain1
BIBB 430Neurobiological Basis of Autism1
BIBB 440The Neuroscience behind the addiction to chocolate, wine, coffee and tobacco1
BIBB 482Clinical Psychopharmacology1
BIBB 585Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience1
CRIM 671Violence: A Clinical Neuroscience Approach1
PSYC 473Neuroeconomics1
PSYC 449Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience1
PSYC 449Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience1
PSYC 447Brains Behind Radiolab1
PSYC 449Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience1
PSYC 474PSYC 474-301: Being Human; PSYC 474-601: Cultural Psychology1
Neuroscience & Society Courses
PSYC 557Neuroscience, Ethics & Law1
PSYC 449Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience1
MKTG 850Special Topics - Consumer Neuroscience 10.5
MKTG 737Introduction to Brain Science for Business 10.5
Bridging Courses
PSYC 557Neuroscience, Ethics & Law1
MKTG 854Special Topics: Visual Marketing1
MKTG 850Special Topics - Consumer Neuroscience 10.5
MKTG 737Introduction to Brain Science for Business 10.5
Advanced Neuroscience
BE 521Brain-Computer Interfaces1
BE 566Network Neuroscience1
BIBB 421Functional Imaging of the Human Brain1
BIBB 430Neurobiological Basis of Autism1
BIBB 440The Neuroscience behind the addiction to chocolate, wine, coffee and tobacco1
BIBB 475Neurodegenerative Diseases1
BIBB 482Clinical Psychopharmacology1
BIBB 585/PSYC 539Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience1
CRIM 671Violence: A Clinical Neuroscience Approach1
PSYC 473Neuroeconomics1
PSYC 449Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience1
PSYC 449Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience1
PSYC 447Brains Behind Radiolab1
PSYC 449Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience1
PSYC 474PSYC 474-301: Being Human; PSYC 474-601: Cultural Psychology1
BIBB 442Neurobiology of Learning and Memory1
BIBB 480Biological Basis of Psychiatric Disorders1
COMM 880The Social Neuroscience of Communication1
PSYC 600Proseminar in General Psychology1
BIBB 460/PSYC 439Neuroendocrinology Seminar1
BIBB 479Neural Systems and Behavior1
MKTG 850Special Topics - Consumer Neuroscience0.5
PSYC 449Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience1
PSYC 557Neuroscience, Ethics & Law1
PSYC 600Proseminar in General Psychology1
Neuroscience and Society
PSYC 557Neuroscience, Ethics & Law1
PSYC 449Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience1
MKTG 850Special Topics - Consumer Neuroscience 10.5
MKTG 737Introduction to Brain Science for Business 10.5
COMM 880The Social Neuroscience of Communication1
BIOE 555Bioethics and Technology1
PSYC 480Seminar in Developmental Psychology1
PSYC 705Neuroethics1
PSYC 744Brain Dev and Society1
PUBH 589The 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 557Neuroscience, Ethics & Law1
MKTG 854Special Topics: Visual Marketing1
MKTG 850Special Topics - Consumer Neuroscience 10.5
MKTG 737Introduction to Brain Science for Business 10.5
LAW 705Mental Health Law3
LAW 925Freedom & Responsibility3
PHIL 526Philosophy 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.


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.