Online course designed for high school students

Neuroscience and Medicine: Inside the Brain and Nervous System

The human brain weighs about 8 pounds, is home to roughly 86 billion neurons, and controls everything from our thoughts and feelings to the way we move. In this course, you will delve into the field of neuroscience. Explore the anatomical structures that comprise the nervous system. Learn how the brain sends messages to the spinal cord. If you are interested in neuroscience, medicine, psychology or other STEM-related subjects, this course is for you.

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Program Dates

Multiple two- and four-week sessions


For students ages 13+



Uncover the science behind the brain

Identify the major structures of the nervous system

Study the basics of neuroscience, how the brain works, and the structures of a neuron. Review common neurological disorders such as epilepsy, stroke and traumatic brain injury.

Learn how neurotransmitters work

Discover how the cells in the brain communicate, how electrical and chemical signals talk to each other, and how medicine can change behavior.

Explore the relationship between mind and muscle

Understand how complex neural signaling controls movement and behavior. Learn how neural engineering techniques are leading to new therapies for neurodegenerative diseases.

Delve into the neuroscience of emotion

Consider the processes that drive learning and memory. Explore changes to the brain’s anatomy that result from neuropsychiatric diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, and emerging treatments.

Uncover the underlying causes of neurological disorders

Survey common neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, addiction and autism. Practice diagnosing a hypothetical patient.

Explore college majors and future careers related to neuroscience

This course offers a good background for those considering a future in medicine, psychology, nursing, biostatistics, medical research, lab technology or other STEM-related careers.

How You Will Benefit

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  • Discover the relationship between the brain and the thinking mind
  • Learn to identify and describe anatomical structures and cells of the nervous system
  • Understand how the nervous system regulates muscles and behavior
  • Become fluent in the causes of common neurological disorders
  • Learn how to apply scientific principles in order to understand how neuroscience influences quality of life
  • Enjoy flexible online lessons delivered through dynamic videos
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion from Case Western Reserve University

Apply Now for the Next Available Course

July 7 - July 21

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $1,295.00

Application Deadline: Sunday, June 30, 2024

July 21 - August 4

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $1,295.00

Application Deadline: Sunday, July 14, 2024

August 4 - August 18

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $1,295.00

Application Deadline: Sunday, July 28, 2024

All course options, whether two or four weeks, have the identical educational content, learning materials, and number of assignments. We provide the option of a condensed version of the course to accommodate students’ individual schedules.

3 Learning Advantages Designed for You


You’ll receive guidance from a mentor who can answer questions and provide support throughout the course. You can expect:

  • Encouragement and direction on all assignments
  • Inspiration and motivation to help you succeed
  • Brainstorming and ideation help as you prepare for your final project

Flexible Learning

  • 100% online, works with your schedule
  • 20 to 25 hours of total instruction and course work, including engaging multimedia, simulations, and curated assignments for which you will receive guidance and support
  • A flexible format: You’ll learn through engaging video and can tune in anytime that works for you.
  • Engage with students from around the world

Final Project

The course culminates with a final project that allows you to:

  • Create a medical presentation about a hypothetical patient and provide clinical information that describes a neurological disorder
  • Describe diagnostic tests and their outcomes
  • Get feedback on your work from your mentors

Course designed by Case Western Reserve University

Ashley Nemes-Baran | Neuroscience Course Instructor | Case Western Reserve

Ashley Nemes-Baran, PhD

Assistant professor of neurosciences, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Nemes-Baran is a widely published author of scientific papers on topics in neuroscience such as traumatic epilepsy. She studies the relationship between cellular dysfunction in development and neurological disorders throughout the lifespan including epilepsy, brain injury and repair, Alzheimer's Disease, and demyelinating disorders. Nemes-Baran teaches courses on the fundamentals of neuroscience at CWRU.

Barbara Kuemerle, PhD | Neuroscience Course Instructor | Case Western Reserve

Barbara Kuemerle, PhD

Senior instructor, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences

Kuemerle is recognized for her research on topics such as neurological deficits in the amygdala as well as studies on autism spectrum disorder. Her stated mission is “to challenge students to be active learners and critical thinkers.” Kuemerle teaches human learning and the brain, biological processes, and development & physiology at CWRU.

Course Mentors

Carli | Neuroscience Course Mentor


Case Western Reserve University undergraduate with a major in neuroscience. Currently contributing to clinical neuroscience research CWRU.

Liam | Neuroscience Course Mentor


Case Western Reserve University undergraduate with a major in neuroscience. Currently performing research at the Cleveland Clinic in the lab of Dr. Louveau, focusing on meningeal lymphatics.

Nisha | Neuroscience Course Mentor


Case Western Reserve University undergraduate with a major in neuroscience. Previously performed research at the CWRU School of Medicine and the U.S. FDA National Center for Toxicological Research in the Division of Neurotoxicology. Currently involved in research at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute and University Hospitals. Also the founder and president of the Case Neuroscience Society (CNS).

Marissa | Neuroscience Course Mentor


College graduate with a B.S in Psychology and a minor in Neuroscience.

How to Apply

It’s easy. No transcripts or letters of recommendation are required. Just provide some basic information and tell us why you wish to take this program.

Note: Please submit all application materials in English.

Begin the guided process. It should take only a few minutes of your time to answer the questions.

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Frequently asked questions

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We offer need-based pre-college program scholarships in each cohort to students who need assistance with the program cost. The scholarship application is a part of the overall program application. 

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The University reserves the right to modify the course as may become necessary.