Neuroscience Degree Programs

Neuroscience undergraduate program

Our undergraduate major is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in both systems-based and physiological approaches to understanding the brain, preparing students to pursue professional work or advanced studies.

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Integrative Neuroscience graduate program

The Integrative Neuroscience graduate program drawing on faculty and courses from many campus units, including the Colleges of Liberal Arts, Science, and Engineering, and the School of Medicine. Study programs lead to the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy degree. The program provides training in the core foundations of neuroscience, ranging from cellular mechanisms to cognition and behavior, with a wide range of options for advanced training and specialization within specific subdisciplines.

The program is designed to provide training in fundamental concepts and methods in modern neuroscience, and emphasize interdisciplinary and integrative approaches which are seen as central to major advances in the field. The program also emphasizes the development of research skills that will position students to be competitive in academic and research-oriented careers. Student learning outcomes include 1) comprehensive understanding and ability to critically evaluate current knowledge and theories in neuroscience; 2) research skills to effectively identify, design and carry out independent research; and 3) professional development including communication and teaching, grant-writing, and ethics.

The curriculum is designed to expose all students to core concepts and methods in the first two years while allowing them to focus on research and training within specific sub-disciplines in subsequent years. Take a look at our Neuroscience Handbook for more details.

Credit Requirements

All students must complete the minimum required credits with a G.P.A. of 3.00 or higher.

Exams

For doctoral students, a qualifying exam will be administered at the end of the second year. You must pass this exam to advance to candidacy as a Ph.D. student. Students who fail the qualifying exam or otherwise wish to terminate their degree will be given the option of a non-thesis M.S. degree.

Graduate Advisory Committee

Master's Candidates
The advisory-examining committee consists of at least three members of the graduate faculty, two representing the area of specialization and one who is the Graduate School Representative. If a major/minor program is elected, there must be one committee member representing the major, one representing the minor, and one who is the Graduate School Representative.

Interdisciplinary/Interdepartmental Master's Candidates
The committee may consist entirely of faculty from that interdisciplinary/interdepartmental program provided that the role of the Graduate School Representative is filled by a graduate faculty member who holds an academic appointment in a department or program different from that of the chair of the committee.

Doctoral candidates
The advisory-examining committee consists of at least five graduate faculty members. In addition to the permanent advisor as chair, this committee is composed of two or more members from the major department, one or more from departments in related fields, and at least one member of the graduate faculty from outside the student’s major department or program who is the Graduate School Representative.

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