5: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

General Information | Programs and Degrees Offered | Admission Information
Financial Assistance | Graduate Academic Regulations
Requirements for Specific Graduate Degrees | Departments and Programs | Faculty

Non-Departmental | Anthropology | Art | Asian and Middle Eastern | Asian Studies | Astronomy
Biochemistry | Biology | Biological and Physical Sciences | Biophysics | Cell and Molecular Biology
Cell Biology | Chemistry | Classics | Commerce | Drama | Economics | English | Environmental Sciences
French | German | Government and Foreign Affairs | Health Evaluation Sciences | History | Linguistics
Mathematics | Microbiology | Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics | Music | Neuroscience
Pharmacology | Philosophy | Physics | Psychology | Religious Studies | Russian and East European Studies
Slavic | Sociology | Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese | Statistics | Surgery

Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience
Course Descriptions | Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Prerequisites   While there are no rigid prerequisites for admission to the neuroscience program, the optimal background of entering students would include courses in biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, and mathematics. Each subdiscipline of neuroscience requires a different degree of preparation in each of these areas, and students with inadequate backgrounds in the basic biological, physical, and behavioral sciences are required to satisfy the deficiency after admission to the program.

Program Requirements   The program is designed to encourage involvement in research at every stage. Thus, upon admission, students choose advisors based on their areas of interest. The students make their academic home in the advisorsí laboratory and engage in research apprenticeships there.

The first-year requirements are designed to introduce the students to the neurosciencecommunity through the weekly and student seminars in neuroscience and courses in special topics, cell and molecular neuroscience, neuroanatomy, and cell structure and function; as well as the techniques of neuroscience research through the laboratory apprenticeship. Formal course work concentrates on basic knowledge which permits the students to undertake the more advanced specialized studies. During the second semester, the students continue in the weekly and student seminar courses, the laboratory apprenticeship, and take course in integrated systems and cognitive neuroscience, as well as CNS development and an elective of their choice. During the second year, the students complete most of their basic course requirements and begin taking more advanced courses in the appropriate subdisciplines (i.e., neuropharmacology, neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, behavior and cellular and molecular neuroscience). The students are also encouraged to engage in research apprenticeships in other laboratories. In the third year, the students are expected to pass an advancement to candidacy examination. After advancement to candidacy, students develop a dissertation research project, write and defend a dissertation proposal, and finally write and defend the dissertation.

The studentsí program of courses is developed through close consultation with their faculty advisor. Attention is placed on flexibility in the program. Each studentís program is tailored to meet individual needs and interests.

Note   There is no foreign language requirement. The neuroscience brochure may be consulted for further information.

This program is administered by the Neuroscience Graduate Committee which is chaired by Dave Hill in the Department of Psychology.


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