The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Neuroscience degree requirements and curriculum

Criteria that students need to meet for the Neuroscience graduate program, and required and recommended courses
Overview

The Neuroscience training program combines exposure to the breadth of neuroscience, provided by courses in the first two years, with focused research and scholarship in a student’s area of particular interest. To be awarded a PhD in Neuroscience, a student must successfully complete:

  • Required courses. A slightly different set of courses is offered at each campus but courses are organized so that students can move between campuses. The first year curriculum includes courses in neuroscience, supplemented with courses in cellular, molecular and systems biology, and a course on professional development. The second year curriculum includes graduate seminars in neuroscience and courses on bioethics and biostatistics.
  • Candidacy examination. Given at the end of the first year: a written paper tests a student’s ability to analyze the primary literature in neuroscience; an oral exam tests a student’s knowledge of neuroscience gained over the first year.
  • Competency in English. The Graduate School requires that students demonstrate proficiency in written and oral English. A grade of B or better in the professional development (NEURO 530) course satisfies this requirement.
  • Comprehensive examination. Usually taken before the start of the third year: consists of a written proposal on a research problem and an oral defense.
  • Research Project. An original investigation under the supervision of a Neuroscience faculty advisor leading to a written dissertation.
  • Thesis defense. A public presentation of a student's thesis research and oral examination by a student’s doctoral committee.

The time from admission to thesis defense averages 5.5 years. Students must maintain a B average (3.0) or better in academic courses to be retained in the program and to continue to receive financial support.

 

Degree requirement booklets

Fall 2016 Neuroscience Degree Requirements Booklet
A downloadable booklet containing detailed information about course options, laboratory rotations, choosing an advisor, teaching, establishing a doctoral committee, examinations, and thesis requirements for students beginning their studies in Fall 2016
Fall 2015 Neuroscience Degree Requirements Booklet
A downloadable booklet containing detailed information about course options, laboratory rotations, choosing an advisor, teaching, establishing a doctoral committee, examinations, and thesis requirements for students beginning their studies in Fall 2015
Fall 2014 Neuroscience Degree Requirements Booklet
A downloadable booklet containing detailed information about course options, laboratory rotations, choosing an advisor, teaching, establishing a doctoral committee, examinations, and thesis requirements for students beginning their studies in Fall 2014
Fall 2013 Neuroscience Degree Requirements Booklet
A downloadable booklet containing detailed information about course options, laboratory rotations, choosing an advisor, teaching, establishing a doctoral committee, examinations, and thesis requirements for students beginning their studies in Fall 2013
Fall 2012 Neuroscience Degree Requirements Booklet
A downloadable booklet containing detailed information about course options, laboratory rotations, choosing an advisor, teaching, establishing a doctoral committee, examinations, and thesis requirements for students beginning their studies in Fall 2012
Fall 2011 Neuroscience Degree Requirements Booklet
A downloadable booklet containing detailed information about course options, laboratory rotations, choosing an advisor, teaching, establishing a doctoral committee, examinations, and thesis requirements for students beginning their studies in Fall 2011
Fall 2010 Neuroscience Degree Requirements Booklet
A downloadable booklet containing detailed information about course options, laboratory rotations, choosing an advisor, teaching, establishing a doctoral committee, examinations, and thesis requirements for students beginning their studies in Fall 2010
Fall 2009 Neuroscience Degree Requirements Booklet
A downloadable booklet containing detailed information about course options, laboratory rotations, choosing an advisor, teaching, establishing a doctoral committee, examinations, and thesis requirements for students beginning their studies in Fall 2009
Fall 2008 Neuroscience Degree Requirements Booklet
A downloadable booklet containing detailed information about course options, laboratory rotations, choosing an advisor, teaching, establishing a doctoral committee, examinations, and thesis requirements for students beginning their studies in Fall 2008
Fall 2007 Neuroscience Degree Requirements Booklet
A downloadable booklet containing detailed information about course options, laboratory rotations, choosing an advisor, teaching, establishing a doctoral committee, examinations, and thesis requirements for students beginning their studies in Fall 2007