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.

Semester 1 (Fall)

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IBS 526Neuroanatomy and Systems Neuroscience7 credits
NS 570RNeuroscience: Communication and Ethics2 credits
NS 551Techniques in Neuroscience2 credit
NS 597RLaboratory Rotation1 credit
IBS 530RFrontiers In Neuroscience Seminar1 credit
PSI 600Scholarly Integrity Core Class (pre-semester)0 credits

Semester 2 (Spring)

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IBS 514Cellular, Developmental, & Molecular Neuroscience7 credits
NS 570RNeuroscience: Communication and Ethics2 credits
NS 597RLaboratory Rotation2 credits
IBS 530RFrontiers In Neuroscience Seminar1 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)

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IBS 699RAdvanced Graduate Research5-9 credits*
IBS 522RGrant Writing4 credits
IBS 530RFrontiers In Neuroscience Seminar1 credit
TATT 600Teaching Assistant Training and TeachingN/A

Semester 4 (Spring)

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IBS 699RAdvanced Graduate Research2-6 credits*
IBS 538Design & Analysis of Experiments**4 credits
IBS 530RFrontiers In Neuroscience Seminar1 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.

Additional Coursework

Students are also required to complete JPE 610, which consists of a minimum of 4 workshops. These workshops will be sponsored by the LGS, the Emory Center for Ethics and take place throughout the academic year. Students will register for these sessions individually, and participation will be recorded on the student’s transcript. These workshops can be completed after candidacy.

Students are encouraged to pursue supplemental courses that are relevant to their development as a neuroscientist, in consultation with their advisor and thesis committee.