For information about predoctoral training opportunities in neuroscience, contact the Neuroscience Program or visit its website.

The Doctor of Philosophy program in neuroscience requires a minimum of 72 s.h. of graduate credit. The program's curriculum is designed around three tracks: molecular/cellular, developmental/systems, and cognitive/behavioral. Following broad-based instruction in a core curriculum, students specialize in one of the tracks.

Within a framework of core, track-specific, and elective courses, students pursue a program of study individually designed according to their undergraduate training and graduate research goals. After enrolling in the Neuroscience Program, entering students consult with the advisory committee regarding their level of preparation for the program's required courses.

The Student Advisory Committee meets with all first- and second-year graduate students once each semester, helping students explore their research interests and select faculty mentors for the required laboratory rotations. Each student is expected to complete three rotations in faculty laboratories before selecting a thesis advisor. Rotations ordinarily last 12 weeks but may last from 8 to 16 weeks. Under special circumstances, two rotations may be in the same laboratory, an arrangement that permits the student to learn a variety of techniques and approaches before settling down to work on the dissertation project. Students usually choose a dissertation lab at the end of their first year.

Background Requirements

Students are expected to demonstrate competency, through prerequisites or course work, in each of four fields: biochemistry, general physiology, cell biology, and statistics. These requirements ordinarily should be fulfilled by the end of the first year of graduate study. Waivers of background course requirements may be requested by students who have taken equivalent courses before entering the Neuroscience Program.

Neuroscience Core

The following courses form the core of the neuroscience graduate curriculum.

NSCI:5653Fundamental Neurobiology4
ACB:6252Functional Neuroanatomyarr.
BMED:7270Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research I0
BMED:7271Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research II0
PSY:6370Principles of Neuropsychology3
One statistics course3-4
In addition, students register for the following two courses each semester:
NSCI:6265Neuroscience Seminar0-1
NSCI:7305Neuroscience Researcharr.

Electives

Elective requirements may be met by completing 8 s.h. from a list of courses offered by the Departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biology, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Pharmacology, Psychological and Brain Sciences, and other departments as appropriate. With permission of the Student Advisory Committee, students may satisfy the elective requirement wholly or in part by registration in the following course.

NSCI:7301Directed Study in Neurosciencearr.

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College.

Full-time Neuroscience Program students receive stipends and full tuition scholarships through fellowships and research assistantships. Awards are renewed annually, based on continued satisfactory progress and availability of funds. The standard graduate student stipend is $27,000.

The Neuroscience Program is committed to supporting its graduate students for their entire training period. Students normally are supported in the first year by the program. After that, support is expected to come from the student's primary research mentor. Occasionally, advanced students are supported through teaching assistantships. Tuition is paid for all students.

NIH Training Grant

The Neuroscience Program is supported by a training grant from the National Institutes of Health. The grant provides stipend and tuition support for a select group of first- and second-year graduate students.