Curriculum

Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits from the following courses:

  1. Both of the following courses (5 credits):
    • NEU 840 Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience (3 credits; Fall; Name change pending)
    • NEU 892 Special Topics in Neuroscience and the Law (2 credit; Fall)
  2. The following course unless at least one year of law school has been completed (2 credits):
    • NEU 848 Foundations of Law and Legal Research (2 credits; Fall, Spring, Summer)
  3. Remaining credits from the following courses (5-7 credits):
    • NEU 842 Neuroethics (2 credits; Summer)
    • NEU 843 Methods for Assessing the Nervous System (2 credits; Spring; change to 3 credits pending)
    • NEU 844 The Science and Ethics of Brain Interventions (2 credits; Summer)
    • NEU 845 Neuroscience of Drug Use and Human Disorders (3 credits; Spring)

Program Objectives

By completing the Neuroscience and the Law graduate certificate, students will be able to do the following:

  1. Obtain and apply knowledge of the following topics in order to formulate scientifically accurate arguments
    1. Cognitive impairments and disorders
    2. Drug use, abuse, and interactions
    3. Neurotechnologies
    4. Brain interventions
    5. General neuroscience principles
  2. Analyze and interpret graphical and imaging data
  3. Critically evaluate the appropriate use of neuroscientific evidence in a professional setting, for example admissibility of evidence in litigation
  4. Assess ethical, legal, and social implications of neuroscientific research, tools, and discoveries
  5. Effectively and accurately communicate scientific findings

Course Descriptions

NEU 840: Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience
(Name change pending) Introduction to nervous system structure and function aimed at students and professionals with limited biological science background.

NEU 842: Neuroethics
Introduction to the field of neuroethics and the responsible application of advances in neuroscience research.

NEU 843: Methods for Assessing the Nervous System
Introduction to the various techniques and methods used to study brain structure and function.

NEU 844: The Science and Ethics of Brain Interventions
Introduction to cognitive enhancement to improve intellect and cognition, and legal and ethical implications of this.

NEU 845: Neuroscience of Drug Use and Human Disorders
Introduction to the neurochemical basis of human disorders and how drugs are used to treat these disorders.

NEU 848: Foundations of Law and Legal Research
Introduction to the American legal system with focus on legal research and communication needs of non-lawyers

NEU 892: Special Topics in Neuroscience and the Law
Topics in which the field of neuroscience and the legal system intersect