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Program of Study

Core Curriculum

Year 1:

  • Neuroscience I: Molecular, cellular, and developmental basis of neuronal function.
  • Neuroscience II: Organization of functional systems mediating behavior and cognition.
  • Laboratory Rotations (minimum 2)
  • Neuroscience Collaborative Colloquium
  • Responsible Conduct of Research course and workshop

Year 2:

  • Advanced courses relevant to the student’s chosen research area (see electives)
  • Neuroscience Collaborative Colloquium

Electives and other specialized training courses

The list below indicates some of the specialized courses available to doctoral students.

  • Animal Behavior I: Evolution
  • Animal Behavior II: Mechanisms
  • Anatomy of Human Cognition
  • Behavioral Pharmacology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience (e.g. Attention, Memory, Methods)
  • Learning (e.g. neural and behavioral mechanisms)
  • Cell biology of myelination
  • Physiology of the nervous system
  • Developmental neuroscience
  • Diseases of the nervous system
  • Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

Overview of First Year and Mentor

Students should expect to spend the majority of their first year in laboratory work. To assist them in their laboratory choices, all entering students will attend an Introductory Research Colloquium (during Orientation week) that will include presentations by current students and selected faculty, and will also register for the Neuroscience Collaborative Colloquium featuring Neuroscience faculty who are interested in sponsoring student research. The organization of training for entering students is designed to ensure that each identifies an appropriate faculty thesis mentor by the end of the first year.

In addition to their research work, all entering students will take a year-long interdisciplinary course sequence in neuroscience. The combination of research and course work will prepare students for the First Exam (qualifying exam).

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