Graduate Program Information

Program Learning Objectives

The learning goals for our program include:

  1. Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of scholarly literature in Neuroscience.
  2. Form testable hypotheses and articulate research objectives that, when met, will lead to significant contributions to Neuroscience.
  3. Conduct qualitative and/or quantitative research via appropriate acquisition, analysis, and reporting of data.
  4. Interpret research results appropriately, integrating them into the existing knowledge in Neuroscience.
  5. Clearly and accurately communicate research findings orally and in writing, and often through the use images (tables, figures, and other forms of imagery) and electronic or other forms of media.
  6. Articulate how the graduate program, including coursework and creative scholarship, fits into life and career goals.
  7. Conduct scholarship, in teams or with independence, in ways that consistently demonstrate ethical practice and professionalism.

Funding and Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are offered to all of our incoming PhD students for the first year.  First year PhD students will receive a monthly stipend for 9 months and a 100% tuition scholarship.  During the first year, the PhD student must identify a major professor. After the first year, it is up to the major professor and graduate student to work together to find sources of funding for the student for the remaining time in the PhD program.  

For co-majors and MS students, a major professor must be identified upon entry to the program and it is up to the major professor and graduate student to work together to find sources of funding for the student for the remaining time in the program.

PhD Curriculum

Student must complete 72 credits hours. The following courses are the core curriculum. In addition, students are required to take a minimum of six credits of elective courses and an ethics course.

NEURO 557

 

Rotations in Neuroscience

*Co-majors take Neuro 590

2 credits

NEURO 556

Cellular, Molecular, & Developmental Neuroscience

3 credits

KIN 572

or

Neuro 589

Neural Basis of Human Movement

Systems Neuroscience: Brain, Behavior, and Nutrition-Related Integrative Physiology

3 credits

PSYCH 519

Cognitive Neuropsychology

3 credits

BMS 537

Neuroanatomy

3 credits

NEURO 696

Neuroscience Seminar

To be taken every Fall & Spring

1 credit

NEURO 661

Advanced Topics in Neuroscience

3 credits

STAT 587

Statistical Methods for Research Workers

4 credits

NEURO 699

Research with Primary Mentor

Variable

MS Curriculum

Student must complete 30 credits hours. The following courses are the core curriculum. In addition, students are required to take a minimum of six credits of elective courses and an ethics course.

NEURO 556

Cellular, Molecular, & Developmental Neuroscience

3 credits

KIN 572

or

Neuro 589

Neural Basis of Human Movement

Systems Neuroscience: Brain, Behavior, and Nutrition-Related Integrative Physiology

3 credits

PSYCH 519

Cognitive Neuropsychology

3 credits

BMS 537

Neuroanatomy

3 credits

NEURO 696

Neuroscience Seminar

To be taken every Fall & Spring

1 credit

STAT 587

Statistical Methods for Research Workers

4 credits

NEURO 699

Research with Primary Mentor

Variable

Minor

Students must complete 12 credits from any of the following.

NEURO 556

Cellular, Molecular, & Developmental Neuroscience

3 credits

KIN 572

Neural Basis of Human Movement

3 credits

Neuro

589

Systems Neuroscience: Brain, Behavior, and Nutrition-Related Integrative Physiology

3 credits

PSYCH 519

Cognitive Neuropsychology

3 credits

BMS 537

Neuroanatomy

3 credits

NEURO 696

Neuroscience Seminar

No more than 3 credits

1 credits