Curriculum and Requirements

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All students enrolled in the neuroscience Ph.D. program will pursue his or her degree through the biomedical sciences (BMS) program at the College of Medicine. In the first semester, neuroscience students may choose between taking a core biomedical sciences course (BMS 6001)  or beginning immediately in the neuroscience curriculum by taking Functional Human Neuroanatomy (GMS 6705). In addition to the neuroanatomy course, all students enrolled in the Neuroscience concentration are required to successfully complete (3.0 grade point or better) a minimum of one course from List A (below). Each student must complete a total of 12 credits of advanced graduate course work.

Most students enrolled in the program complete their advanced course work by the end of the second year. Students may select their elective advanced courses from those offered by the Neuroscience department or from 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 a 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.

Neuroscience core course

  • Functional Human Neuroanatomy (GMS 6705) — 4 credit lecture course and associated 1 credit laboratory

List A. At least one 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 – Neurophysiology and Molecular Neuroscience (GMS 6022) — 3 credits
  • Principles of Neuroscience III – Neuropharmacology & Its Clinical Application (GMS 6023) — 3 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)