Neuroscience Graduate Program Curriculum

We have designed an innovative curriculum for our graduate students which emphasizes a broad overview of basic principles in molecular, cellular, and systems neuroscience as well as critical thinking required for cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research. All required courses are completed in the first year in order to get students into their dissertation laboratories as quickly as possible.

Year 1


Fall Semester Spring Semester
Core Curriculum:
Principles of Neural Science, Behavior and Brain
Pathophysiology
    Unit 1: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience (BSR 1705)
    Unit 2: Systems Neuroscience (BSR 1706)
Core Curriculum:
Principles of Neural Science, Behavior and Brain
Pathophysiology
    Unit 3: Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience (BSR 1707)
    Unit 4: Pathophysiology of Neurological & Psychiatric Disorders (BSR 1708)*
Biostatistics (BSR 1010) Topics in Clinical Neuroscience (BSR 6705)*
Seminar in Neurobiology (BSR 5701) Seminar in Neurobiology (BSR 5701)
Journal Club / WIP in Neuroscience (BSR 4701) Journal Club / WIP in Neuroscience (BSR 4701)
Lab Rotation (BSR 1006) Lab Rotation (BSR 1007)

*Includes direct patient contact.

 

Year 2


Fall Semester Spring Semester
Advanced Elective* Advanced Elective*
Seminar in Neurobiology (BSR 5701) Seminar in Neurobiology (BSR 5701)
Journal Club / WIP in Neuroscience (BSR 4701) Journal Club / WIP in Neuroscience (BSR 4701)
Independent Research (BSR 8000) Independent Research (BSR 8000)
Completion of General Knowledge Exam Thesis Proposal


*Students are welcomed to take advanced electives in other training areas (e.g., genetics, pharmacology, cancer, developmental biology) to suit their research interests. A minimum of 2 advanced electives is required.

 

Year 3 and Beyond

Optional advanced electives (note some offered every other year)
Journal Club / WIP in Neuroscience (BSR 4701)
Seminar in Neurobiology (BSR 5701)
Doctoral Dissertation Research (BSR 9000)