Neuroscience Concentration Description

All students enrolled in the Neuroscience program will work towards obtaining a Ph.D. degree through the College of Medicine. Every student in the Neuroscience concentration is required to have at least one published or ‘in press’ peer-reviewed, original research article pertaining directly to the student’s dissertation prior to graduating.  Each student must have at least one member on his/her dissertation committee who holds a primary appointment in the Department of Neuroscience.

Neuroscience Curriculum Description:

The Neuroscience curriculum is designed to complement the research interests of our graduate students. After completing the courses required in the fall semester of the first year, each student must complete a total of 12 credits of advanced graduate course work. All students enrolled in the Neuroscience concentration are required to take and successfully complete at least two of the courses in List A (below) or they may choose to take all of them. Successful completion means obtaining a 3.0 grade point average. Most students enrolled in the program complete their advanced course work by the end of the second year.

The Neuroscience concentration offers five (5) advanced courses annually (see List A) and additional elective courses annually or biennially. Students may also select their elective advanced courses from those offered by other doctoral programs. In some cases, students may choose to take courses offered by programs outside of the College of Medicine. Each student’s selection of courses must be approved by the student’s advisory/dissertation committee and the Neuroscience Concentration Coordinator.

Finally, each student is required to participate in the Neuroscience Graduate Research Seminars (GMS 6792), the Neuroscience Department Seminars (GMS 7794), and one journal club each Fall and Spring semester starting in their second year. The topics of the journal clubs are tailored to the specific educational needs of our students and vary each semester.

List A. At least two of the following courses must be taken as a requirement for the Neuroscience Concentration:

  • Principles of Neuroscience I –  Organization & Development of the Nervous System  (GMS 6021) — 2 credits
  • Principles of Neuroscience II – Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience (GMS 6022) — 3 credits
  • Principles of Neuroscience III – Neuropharmacology & Its Clinical Application (GMS 6023) — 3 credits
  • Principles of Neuroscience IV — Neural Integration & Control (GMS 6024) — 2 credits
  • Functional Human Neuroanatomy (GMS 6705) — 5 credits

List B. Courses required to be taken during the Spring & Fall semesters of Years 2 and beyond:

  • Neuroscience Journal Club (GMS 6029)
  • Neuroscience Graduate Research Seminar (GMS 6792)
  • Neuroscience Department Seminar (GMS 7794)