Program Curriculum

Required Courses

The following courses (or their equivalents) are required of all students in the Neuroscience Program. Effective Fall 2013, each student must register for at least 9 credit hours per semester to maintain status as a full-time student.

Semester 1 (Fall)
IBS 526 Neuroanatomy and Systems Neuroscience 7 credits
NS 570R Neuroscience: Communication and Ethics 2 credits
NS 551 Techniques in Neuroscience 1 credit
NS 597R Laboratory Rotation 1 credit
IBS 530R Frontiers In Neuroscience Seminar 1 credit
PSI 600 Scholarly Integrity Core Class (pre-semester) 0 credits
Semester 2 (Spring)
IBS 514 Cellular, Developmental, & Molecular Neuroscience 7 credits
NS 570R Neuroscience: Communication and Ethics 2 credits
NS 597R Laboratory Rotation 2 credits
IBS 530R Frontiers In Neuroscience Seminar 1 credit

During the summer students register for RES 999GSAS: (Graduate residence). The summer rotations are considered particularly important, because they provide an opportunity to spend full time doing research.

Semester 3 (Fall)
IBS 699R Advanced Graduate Research 5-9 credits*
XXXX Elective course 4 credits
NS 790R Advanced Graduate Seminar 2 credits
IBS 530R Frontiers In Neuroscience Seminar 1 credit
TATT 600 Teaching Assistant Training and Teaching N/A
Semester 4 (Spring)
IBS 699R Advanced Graduate Research 2-6 credits*
IBS 538 Design & Analysis of Experiments** 4 credits
IBS 522R Grant Writing 4 credits
IBS 530R Frontiers In Neuroscience Seminar 1 credit

*the number of credits that should be chosen for IBS 699R is adjusted to make up to a total of 9 credit hours for the semester depending on other courses the student must register for.
**or other graduate Stats course after consultation with the DGS.

Elective Courses

The students must also meet the minimum course credit requirements of the Graduate School by taking a personalized selection of elective seminar and research courses. Only one elective course is required by the program, but students are encouraged to pursue all those electives directly relevant to their development as a neuroscientist. Students are encouraged to select their required elective from the strongly recommended group on the elective list but any other science courses that are considered important for the student's formation in Neuroscience research can be credited as an elective after approval by the DGS of the Neuroscience Program. As new courses by the Neuroscience faculty are added to the curriculum this list will be updated.

Note that some of these courses are not offered every year. It is recommended that students contact the Director of Graduate Studies to get an updated list of electives when comes the time to enroll or to enroll in non-IBS courses.

Course Number Title Credits Semester Offered
IBS 504 Introductory Prokaryotic Genetic 4 Fall
IBS 506R Basic Mechanisms of Neurological Diseases 4 Spring
IBS 531 Principles in Pharmacology 4 Fall
IBS 534 Computational Neuroscience 4 Spring (even years)
IBS 535 Behavioral Neuroendocrinology 3 Fall
IBS 536 Drug Metabolism and Toxicology 2 Spring
IBS 701 Cell Surface Receptors 3 Fall (even years)
IBS 702 Molecular Mechanisms of Signal Transduction 4 Fall (even years)
IBS 703R Current Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience 2 Spring
IBS 707 Biology of Movement Control 4 Fall
IBS 717 Neuropharmacology 4 Fall
IBS 750 Molecular Neurobiology 4 Spring (even years)
IBS 770 / PSYC 770P Brain Repair 4 Fall
IBS 532 Introduction to Pharmacology 3 Spring
EH 523 Neurotoxicology 2 Spring