The Neuroscience Program provides an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental approach to graduate education and research training in the structure, function, and development of the nervous system and its role in cognition and behavior. Students obtain training at all levels of the nervous system, from cellular/molecular to the behavioral/cognitive.

Graduate Program of Study


Training is conducted primarily in the laboratories and teaching facilities of the Carver College of Medicine graduate Departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Internal Medicine, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Neurology, Pharmacology, and Psychiatry; and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Departments of Biology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Health and Human Physiology, and Psychological and Brain Sciences. Students use faculty laboratories and central research facilities for ultrastructural analysis; histochemistry and immunocytochemistry; electrophysiology; fluorescence-activated cell sorting; cellular and subcellular biochemistry; cell, tissue, and organ culture; operant and classical conditioning; molecular biology; behavioral genetics; neural substrates of complex behavior; brain-behavior relationships in humans; neuropsychology; and functional neuroimaging (PET, fMRI).

Neuroscience Courses

NSCI:4353 Neurophysiology: Cells and Systems3-4 s.h.

Physiological properties of nerve cells, nervous systems; axonal conduction, synaptic transmission, sensory transduction, integrative processes, higher functions. Prerequisites: (BIOL:2753 or BIOL:3253) and (MATH:1460 or MATH:1380 or MATH:1550 or MATH:1850) and ((PHYS:1511 and PHYS:1512) or (PHYS:1611 and PHYS:1612)). Same as BIOL:4353.

NSCI:5161 Undergraduate Research in Neurosciencearr.

Experimental research under faculty supervision.

NSCI:5210 Fundamentals of Behavioral Neuroscience3-4 s.h.

Concepts, methods, and findings in behavioral and cognitive neurosciences; emphasis on principles of neuroscience, sensation, motivation, emotion. Same as PSY:5210.

NSCI:5212 Foundations in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience4 s.h.

Concepts, methods, and findings in behavioral and cognitive neurosciences. Prerequisites: BIOL:3253 or PSY:5210 or NSCI:5210. Same as PSY:5212.

NSCI:5365 Seminar: Neuropsychology and Neurosciencearr.

Clinical neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience: cutting-edge research from scientific journals, case presentations in clinical neuropsychology, and current research. Same as NEUR:5365, PSY:5365.

NSCI:5653 Fundamental Neurobiology3 s.h.

Neurobiology from molecular/cellular to systems levels, including cell biology of the neuron; membrane electrophysiology; synaptic transmission and plasticity, functional neuroanatomy, peripheral and CNS sensory systems, peripheral and CNS motor systems, autonomic systems, emotion, memory, sleep, language, attention and cognition, neuronal development. Same as BIOL:5653, PSY:5203.

NSCI:5658 Fundamental Neurobiology Discussion1 s.h.

Discussion of selected papers, including classics from neurobiology literature; coordinated with BIOL:5653 lecture material. Same as BIOL:5658, PSY:5204.

NSCI:5753 Developmental Neuroscience1 s.h.

Neural induction and nervous system patterning; neurogenesis, axon, and dendrite outgrowth and targeting; synapse formation, specificity, refinement; mechanisms of neuronal cell death; myelination; neural stem cells; introduction to cellular, molecular, and genetic techniques in studies of neural development. Prerequisites: BIOL:5653. Same as BIOL:5753.

NSCI:6209 Steroid Receptor Signaling1 s.h.

Structure-function relationship and genomic and nongenomic actions of the steroid hormone receptor family; basis for actions of novel new ligands on these receptors. Offered spring semesters of even years. Same as MPB:6209, PCOL:6209.

NSCI:6240 Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience1-3 s.h.

Key topics in the neural basis of human cognition; research literature. Recommendations: graduate courses in basic neuroscience and cognitive psychology. Same as NEUR:6240.

NSCI:6250 Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging2-3 s.h.

Basic physics principles of functional magnetic resonance imaging and approaches to data acquisition, including BOLD imaging, arterial spin labeling, and magnetic source imaging; data analysis strategies; paradigm design and development.

NSCI:6265 Neuroscience Seminar0-1 s.h.

Research presentations. Same as ACB:6265, BIOL:6265, MPB:6265, PSY:6265.

NSCI:7235 Neurobiology of Disease3 s.h.

Broad, thematic understanding of disease mechanisms in neurobiological disorders.

NSCI:7301 Directed Study in Neurosciencearr.

NSCI:7305 Neuroscience Researcharr.

Requirements: neuroscience graduate standing.