Program Curriculum

Required Courses

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

GDBBS Course Guide

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 the following:

— Prior to candidacy students register for NS 699R.

— Post candidacy students register for NS 799R.

— Students doing rotations register for NS 597R.

Semester 3 (Fall)
IBS 699R Advanced Graduate Research 5-9 credits*
XXXX Elective course 4 credits
IBS 522R Grant Writing 4 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 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

Students must take three credit hours in elective courses, but students are encouraged to pursue all electives relevant to their development as a neuroscientist. Some elective course options are listed below, but any other relevant science courses can be taken to fulfill the elective requirement after approval by the DGS of the Neuroscience Program.

Note that some of these courses are not offered every year.

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 717 Neuropharmacology 4 Fall
IBS 532 Introduction to Pharmacology 3 Spring