Neuroscience Ph.D.

All students must meet the Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree

Overview

The Neuroscience Graduate Program is a university-wide, multidisciplinary, Ph.D. granting program that has more than 50 faculty mentors across 13 departments and 5 colleges. This program emphasizes rigorous training in neuroscience-related research, educates students about human health, and encourages interdisciplinary research projects.

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

It is recommended that an incoming student have a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in a biological science, neuroscience, chemistry, physics, engineering, psychology, mathematics, communication sciences or computer science. Research experience is not required, but is strongly recommended.

Applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Duolingo.

Three letters of reference are required. Letters from research advisors or supervisors are highly desirable attesting to applicant's abilities to work independently in an academic setting.

Minimum Degree Requirements

Students can choose between the standard track and biobehavioral track within the NGP curriculum.

Standard CURRICULUM Track

BIOL 261Neurobiology (for students who have not taken any neurobiology classes)3
CLBI 301Cell Biology3
GRMD 357Medical Neural Science6
MPBP 301Human Physiology & Pharm I4
NSCI 303Human Gross and Microanatomy3
NSCI 327Resp Conduct in Biomed Rsch1
NSCI 381Seminar in Neuroscience (Yearly)1
NSCI 382Seminar in Neuroscience (Yearly)1
NSCI 491Doctoral Dissertation Research (Minimum of 20 required total)1-18
PSYS 304Adv Statistical Methods I3
or STAT 211 QR: Statistical Methods I
PSYS 315Biobehavioral Proseminar3
PHRM 308Integrative Physiol. & Pharm.3
Advanced Neuroscience Selectives (minimum of two courses)6

biobehavioral CURRICULUM track

This track provides an alternate curriculum for students interested in working in Department of Psychological Science labs. 

GRMD 357Medical Neural Science6
MPBP 301Human Physiology & Pharm I4
NSCI 303Human Gross and Microanatomy3
NSCI 327Resp Conduct in Biomed Rsch1
NSCI 381Seminar in Neuroscience1
NSCI 382Seminar in Neuroscience1
NSCI 491Doctoral Dissertation Research1-18
PSYS 304Adv Statistical Methods I3
or STAT 211 QR: Statistical Methods I
PSYS 311Seminar in Learning Theory3
PSYS 315Biobehavioral Proseminar3
PSYS 313Emotion3
PSYS 316Neuropsychopharmacology3
PSYS 319Neurobio of Learning & Memory3
PSYS 393Adv Professional/Research Sem (Yearly)1

Approved Courses for Graduate Credit

Below is a list of approved selectives. A student, in conjunction with their advisor, may request courses not on this list to fulfill the selective requirement. The request will need to be approved by the NGP Director.

BIOC 301General Biochemistry3
CSD 353Neurogenic Comm. Disorders 23
MPBP 310Molecular Control of the Cell3
MPBP 330Biomedical Grantsmanship2
NSCI 230Comparative Neurobiology3
NSCI 323Neurochemistry3
NSCI 328Techniques in Microscopy3
PBIO 294QR:Ecological Modeling3
PBIO 394Data Modeling for Envir Scienc3
PHRM 272Toxicology3
PHRM 290Topics Molecular&Cell Pharm3
PSYS 311Seminar in Learning Theory3
PSYS 313Emotion3
PSYS 316Neuropsychopharmacology3
PSYS 319Neurobio of Learning & Memory3
PSYS 395Advanced Readings/Research1-6

Comprehensive Examination

The qualifying examination for advancement to candidacy for a Ph.D. in Neuroscience should be taken prior to the end of the 1st semester of the 2nd year. The exam has both a written and oral component, both of which must be completed successfully. The exam committee will consist of at least 3 members of the NGP faculty. Should the student fail the examination, only 1 re-examination is allowed.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

Satisfactory completion of required courses and research rotations. Approval of the written and oral portions of the qualifying comprehensive examination.