Curriculum

Curriculum Requirements by Year for PhD Students

Year One

Autumn

  • NEUROSC 7001Foundations of Neuroscience I (6 credits, MWF 8:30-9:50am) This course covers the bascis of neuroscience knowledge that every grad student will need regardless of the field they choose. It covers 4 main topics: Electrophysiology, Cellular Biology, Neurons & Glia, and Neurodevelopment.
  • NEUROSC 7100Current Topics in Neuroscience (1 credit, T 9:00-10:00am) This course is conducted in a journal club style and discusses primary research articles related to the concurrent 7001 lectures.
  • NEUROGS 7887Seminar Topics in Neuroscience (1 credit, W 4:00-5:00pm) This course will be taken in all semesters except the one in which you are intending to graduate. it consists of a mixture of student research updates and presentations about current techniques and skills.
  • 6193Laboratory Rotation (credits will vary)
  • Statistics Course - Students are required to take a statistics course as part of the required first-year curriculum. Only one statistics course is required and may be taken in any semester during the first year. The course must be approved by your advisor and the graduate program committee.

Spring

  • NEUROSC 7002Foundations of Neuroscience II (6 credits, MWR 8:30-9:50am) This course builds on material learned in the first semester and focuses on nervous system function including sensory systems, motor control, sleep, neuroendocrine physiology, and more.
  • NEUROSC 7200.01Neuroscience Laboratory (1 credit, W 10:00am-12:00pm) This laboratory course runs in complement to the 7002 lectures and focuses on building an anatomical understanding of the nervous system.
  • NEUROGS 7887Seminar Topics in Neuroscience (1 credit, W 4:00-5:00pm) See above.
  • 6193Laboratory Rotation (credits will vary)
  • Statistics Course - see description above in autumn semester.

Summer

  • 6193Laboratory Rotation (credits will vary)
  • Statistics Course - see description above in autumn semester.

Year Two

Autumn

  • NEUROGS 7887 – Seminar Topics in Neuroscience (1 credit, W 4:00-5:00pm) This course will be taken in all semesters except the one in which you are intending to graduate. it consists of a mixture of student research updates and presentations about current techniques and skills.
  • 6193 – Research (credits will vary)

Spring

  • NEUROGS 7887 – Seminar Topics in Neuroscience (1 credit, W 4:00-5:00pm) This course will be taken in all semesters except the one in which you are intending to graduate. it consists of a mixture of student research updates and presentations about current techniques and skills.
  • 6193 – Research (credits will vary)

Summer

  • BIOPHRM 5510Responsible Conduct in Biomedical Research (1 credit, TWR 3:30-5:00pm) This course is offered every other summer and therefore will be taken in either the second or third year. The broad intent of this course is to highlight the importance of ethics in biomedical research and to explore how critical ethical thinking can be used to analyze personal decision-making, public regulation, and the law concerning advanced biomedical sciences/technologies and their clinical applications. This course will introduce students to professional and ethical issues confronting biomedical research and researchers and approaches to dealing with such issues.

Year Three

Autumn

  • NEUROGS 7887 – Seminar Topics in Neuroscience (1 credit, W 4:00-5:00pm) This course will be taken in all semesters except the one in which you are intending to graduate. it consists of a mixture of student research updates and presentations about current techniques and skills.
  • 6193 – Research (credits will vary) or 8999 – Research (post-candiacy students only; 2 credit hours) 

Spring

  • NEUROGS 7887 – Seminar Topics in Neuroscience (1 credit, W 4:00-5:00pm) This course will be taken in all semesters except the one in which you are intending to graduate. it consists of a mixture of student research updates and presentations about current techniques and skills.
  • 6193 – Research (credits will vary) or 8999 – Research (post-candiacy students only; 2 credit hours)

Summer

  • BIOPHRM 5510 - Responsible Conduct in Biomedical Research (1 credit, TWR 3:30-5:00pm) This course is offered every other summer and therefore will be taken in either the second or third year. The broad intent of this course is to highlight the importance of ethics in biomedical research and to explore how critical ethical thinking can be used to analyze personal decision-making, public regulation, and the law concerning advanced biomedical sciences/technologies and their clinical applications. This course will introduce students to professional and ethical issues confronting biomedical research and researchers and approaches to dealing with such issues.
  • 6193 – Research (credits will vary) or 8999 – Research (post-candiacy students only; 2 credit hours)

Year Four

Autumn

  • NEUROGS 7887 – Seminar Topics in Neuroscience (1 credit, W 4:00-5:00pm) This course will be taken in all semesters except the one in which you are intending to graduate. it consists of a mixture of student research updates and presentations about current techniques and skills.
  • 8999 – Research (2 credit hours) 

Spring

  • NEUROGS 7887 – Seminar Topics in Neuroscience (1 credit, W 4:00-5:00pm) This course will be taken in all semesters except the one in which you are intending to graduate. it consists of a mixture of student research updates and presentations about current techniques and skills.
  • 8999 – Research (2 credit hours)

Summer

  • 8999 – Research (2 credit hours)

Year Five and Beyond

Autumn

  • 8999 – Research (3 credit hours) 

Spring

  • 8999 – Research (3 credit hours)

Summer

  • 8999 – Research (3 credit hours)

Recommended Electives

  • NEUROSC 5790H - Developmental Neurobiology (3 credits, spring, TR 11:10am-12:30pm) This course investigates the molecular, cellular and genetic mechanisms responsible for building nervous systems. The brain is a complex structure, yet it develops from a single sheet of cells. We will discuss how this development tolerates tremendous genetic and environmental variability to assemble a functioning nervous system.
  • MOLGEN 5701 - DNA Transactions and Gene Regulation (4 credits, MWF 1:50-2:45pm) This course aims to understand the mechanisms of DNA replication, DNA repair and recombination, transcription, translation, regulation of gene expression, and the experimental approaches to these topics.
  • NEUROSC 7050 – Neurobiology of Disease (3 credits, TR 1:00-3:00pm) This course centers on a discussion of both the syptomatologyand pathology of neurological diseases as well as a review of the current state of basic and clinical research efforts. Classes will consist of lectures from both physicians and research scientists who specialize in neurological diseases.
  • NEUROSC 7500 - Neuroimmunology (2 credits) This course discusses research and clinical applications of inflammatory processes within the central nervous system with special emphasis on neurodegenerative disorders, autoimmune disease, and neurotrauma (e.g. spinal injury).
  • NGSY 8250 - Biology of the Tumor Microenvironment (2 credits, fall, W 9:00-11:00am) This course ecplores the cellular and molecular aspects of the microenvironment in solid cancers including signals and mechanisms that promote tumor initiation and progression.
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