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Neuroscience Concentration

Graduate Program Description

Neuroscience is one of the basic science advanced concentrations that comprise the Interdisciplinary Program (IDP) in Biomedical Science at the College of Medicine. All students enrolled in the IDP will work towards obtaining a Ph.D. degree. All of the IDP rules and regulations apply to Neuroscience students, but in addition there are specific Neuroscience course requirements described below. Furthermore, every student in the Neuroscience Advanced Concentration is required to have at least one member on their supervisory 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, 6 of which are normally completed in the spring of the first year of study.

All students enrolled in the Neuroscience IDP Program are required to take and successfully complete Functional Human Neuroanatomy (GMS6705), as well as a series of four Neuroscience core courses (Principles in Neuroscience I-IV), offered in the summer and spring/fall semesters, respectively. Successful completion means obtaining an average grade point ratio of 3.0 for all of these courses.  Principles of Neuroscience core courses I-IV are to be taken in sequence beginning in spring (I-III) and fall (IV). Functional Human Neuroanatomy (GMS6705) offered during the summer is a prerequisite to enrolling to enrolling in Principles in Neuroscience IV.

Most students enrolled in the program complete their advanced course work by the end of the second year. However, it is also possible for students to take additional time to do so.

Students who take Principles I-III in year 1 will be required to complete a minimum of six additional advanced credits starting in year 2 to meet the course requirements of the IDP and Neuroscience programs. Students who complete Principles I-III in year 02 will be required to take a minimum of three additional advanced credits to meet the course requirements of the IDP program. The Neuroscience program offers five advanced courses annually (shown in bold below) and additional courses biennially. Students may select their elective advanced courses from those offered by any of the IDP 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 committee and the Neuroscience program director.

Finally, each student is required to participate in the Graduate Research Seminar Series (GMS 6792), Neuroscience Seminar (GMS 7794), and one journal club each fall and spring semester. Students whose research interests center on preclinical or cellular/molecular studies of the nervous system will have the opportunity to participate in journal clubs that are tailored to their specific educational needs. Students whose research interests are more clinical/human subjects-based or translational in nature will have the opportunity to participate in journal clubs that are tailored to their specific educational needs.

Courses required to be taken during Year 1 and 2

  • Principles of Neuroscience I – Organization & Development of the Nervous System (GMS 6021, 2 credits)
  • Principles of Neuroscience II – Neural Signaling in the Nervous System (GMS 6022, 2 credits)
  • Principles of Neuroscience III – Neuropharmacology & Its Clinical Application (GMS6023, 2 credits)
  • Principles of Neuroscience IV – Neural Integration & Control (GMS 6024, 2 credits)
  • Functional Human Neuroanatomy (GMS6705, 4 credits)

Courses required to be taken during the spring and fall of years 2 and following:

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

The Faculty and their Research

For a list of faculty members in the Neuroscience advanced program, please click here. Faculty names link to faculty web pages.

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