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Program Curriculum Year 2


A printable version of the Program Curriculum (8/15/2010) can be downloaded here.

Second year courses can be taken from a series of electives that will provide students either an expanded generalist background in the Neurosciences or focus on one of the three defined concentrations:

  • Neural signal transduction and molecular biology
  • Systems & integrative neuroscience
  • Human/ therapeutic neuroscience

Representative courses, either interdisciplinary or Department based, are listed under Course Descriptions. This list of courses, while representative, is not exhaustive and would be expected to change over time. Note that iIt is not guaranteed that these courses will be offered every year. Students need to consult the Timetable and consult with the DGS regarding the sequencing of courses.

Students are encouraged to work with their thesis advisor and consult the DGS and Concentration Director for advice in planning their course of studies. It would be expected that students take at least three courses in their area of research specialization, but every effort will be made to provide a flexible curricular experience for the students. When applying for graduation, you will have the option of requesting certification in one of these three areas of concentration.

In their second year, it is recommended that students take two modules of Research Methods (GCLS 504 and GCLS 505) or other methods-based courses (see list below) for at least 2 credit hours which will count toward their total elective credit.

GCLS 504 Research Methods I, First Semester -
• Module I - Separation Methods (Chromatography, Electrophoresis, Mass Spectrometry)
• Module II - Molecular Biology Techniques and Discovery Bioinformatics
• Module III - Spectroscopic and Structural Biology Methods

GCLS 505 Research Methods II, Second Semester -
• Module IV - Cell Physiology and Imaging Methods
• Module V - Advanced Molecular Genetics Methods
• Module VI - Biochemical and Chemical Methods
• Module VII - Immunological Methods

Other courses that can fulfill these recommendations include:
• BioS 489 Cellular Neurobiology Laboratory
• BioS/NEUS 582 Methods in Modern Neuroscience
• NEUS 588 Human Neuroscience: Functional MR Imaging

as well as 400-level courses in Bioengineering for those students following that track.

Students will be required to take a statistics course that is appropriate for their research concentration and dissertation work. Courses appropriate to specific programs of study such as Bioengineering or Psychology can be recommended in consultation with each student’s thesis advisor or the Director of Graduate Studies.

Appropriate courses include:

BioE 439 Biostatistics II
PSCH 443 Advanced Statistics
STAT 411 Statistical Theory

Students who do not have a background in statistics may be asked to take either PSCH 343 or STAT 381 prior to taking an advanced course. No Graduate credit will be given for these 300 level courses -- a 400-level statistical course will still be required.

Each semester, students are required to register for and participate in NEUS 595, Seminar in Neuroscience (i.e. the Neuroscience Program Journal Club). This seminar allows Neuroscience students to come together as a group on a weekly basis to listen to and interact with invited speakers as well as to present and lead discussions on timely research topics. A grade of satisfactory/unsatisfactory will be given.

Students arel also expected to register and participate in 0 credit hour courses in research ethics (GC 401) and the use of animals in research (GC 470) as required by the Graduate College and the National Institutes of Health.

Starting in their second year, students will register for NEUS 599, thesis research, to complete the 96 required credit hours.

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