Certificate in Neuroscience for Architecture

This certificate program guides students in an exploration of the juncture of the brain and the built environment. Students develop a working knowledge of the brain and learn aspects of how it processes spatial cues. Studio work in the certificate program utilizes an evidence-based design approach, grounding architectural concepts in neuroscience. Students can choose one studio class and three lecture classes for a minimum of 15 credits, among the following options. All courses are delivered on-campus.

AR331/731: Environmental Psychology (2 credits) This course explores the relationship among the environment, people, and behavior as identified through environment-behavior research and their own observations. Students will learn how to use environment-behavior research to create better functioning and more satisfying environments.

AR352/652: Neuroscience for Architecture (3 credits) This course introduces the field of neuroscience and its potential application to architecture. An overview of human brain anatomy and function is explored, including sensory, motor, emotional, and cognitive responses. The principles of scientific methods are reviewed and related to the importance of building an evidence base that relates human responses to the built environment.

AR353/653: Seminars in Neuroscience (3 credits) This course continues the exploration of neuroscientific knowledge that informs how humans perceive and respond to the built environment and elements of architecture. Seminars convey how neural principles might inform built typologies, such as health care, education, office, and spiritual environments. Students develop and improve research techniques and knowledge of specific neural systems. The potential application of this knowledge to architectural practice is considered.

AR501/901: Design Studio (6 credits) This is a topic studio focused on issues in the specified area of study; requirements for the course vary with topics and degree programs. A topic studio may be conducted as a joint graduate/undergraduate course.

With the program chair approval, students at the graduate level may also include the following optional course with the Certificate:

AR991: Research (3 credits) This course involves fundamental research conducted by the student in the specific field of study coordinated with the Design Studio. The inquiry is formatted to meet individual needs and/or requirements.