Neuroscience PhD Program

Welcome to the Neuroscience PhD Program

The Neuroscience PhD program offers a structured curriculum plus extensive mentoring and support to help students complete their degree in five years. The program has sufficient flexibility that students can pursue a course of study tailored to their research interests.

See the PhD in Neuroscience Policies and Procedures.

Curriculum

Year 1

Fall Semester
  • Systems Neuroscience
  • Quantitative Biology
  • Written Qualifying Exam Preparation
  • Neuroscience Journal Club
  • Lab Rotations
Spring Semester
  • Molecular Neuroscience
  • Written Qualiifying Exam Preparation
  • Neuroscience Journal Club
  • Elective
  • Lab Rotations
Summer
  • Doctoral Research
  • Lab rotation presentations
  • Pass written qualifying exam
  • Select a dissertation laboratory

Year 2

Fall Semester
  • Neuroscience Journal Club
  • Scientific Writing
  • Elective
  • Doctoral Research
Spring Semester
  • Neuroscience Journal Club
  • Scientific Writing
  • Elective
  • Doctoral Research
Summer
  • Doctoral Research
  • Pass oral qualifying exam
  • Submit a proposal for extramural funding

Year 3

Fall Semester
  • Neuroscience Journal Club
  • Doctoral Research
Spring Semester
  • Neuroscience Journal Club
  • Doctoral Research
Summer
  • Doctoral Research
  • Dissertation committee meetings every 6 months

Year 4/5

Fall Semester
  • Doctoral Research
Spring Semester
  • Doctoral Research
Summer
  • Doctoral Research
  • Dissertation committee meetings every 6 months
  • Dissertation defense

Elective Courses

  • BIO 5123 – Principles of Molecular Biology
  • BIO 5133 – Principles of Cellular Biology
  • BIO 5213 – Principles of Chemical Biology
  • BIO 5223 – Principles of Developmental Biology
  • BIO 5423 – Neuroanatomy
  • BIO 5453 – Neurophysiology
  • BIO 5473 – Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
  • BIO 5483 – Computational Neuroscience
  • BIO 5493 – Cognitive Neuroscience
  • BIO 5613 – Neurodegenerative Disease
  • BIO 5673 – Space and Time in the Brain
  • BIO 5683 – Neural Data Science
  • BIO 5813 – Frontiers in Human Pluripotent Stem Cells
  • BIO 5833 – Membrane Structure and Function
  • BIO 6313 – Molecular Biology and Biophysics of Ion Channels
  • BIO 6483 – Neurobiology of Animal Behavior
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