PhD in Neuroscience Course Descriptions

  • NSCI 701. Foundations in Neuroscience.This course provides a thorough overview of neuroscience over two semesters. It systematically covers neuroscience in an integrated fashion covering the following main topics: 1) the cell and molecular biology of neurons; 2) principles of synaptic transmission; 3) neurobiological basis of cognition and cortical function; 4) sensory perceptions; 5) movement; 6) CNS pharmacology; 7) neural information processing; 8) developmental neuroscience and; 9) behavioral neuroscience. The course includes both didactic and primary literature-based content and is the first required course in the Program in Neuroscience.
  • NSCI 720. Neuroscience Journal Club. A review of significant issues in neuroscience including literature review and discussion of recent data and news.
  • NSCI 721. Scientific Writing in Neuroscience. An introduction to scientific writing that includes preparation of abstracts for scientific meetings, presentations at meetings, preparation of a scientific manuscript for publication and, finally, preparing a grant proposal for extramural funding in the NIH style.
  • NSCI 708. Special Topics in Neuroscience. A small group faculty-led discussion course on selected topics in neuroscience. Course topics are offered each Summer semester by groups of faculty and students and faculty will discuss primary literature
  • NSCI 710. Tutorials in Neuroscience. Tutorials cover specialized topics in neuroscience in depth, in a small group setting. Courses consist of intensive, directed reading and discussion and is intended to provide students with the opportunity to study specialized topics in neuroscience with faculty experts in that area. The objective for this course in this academic year is to study experimental design, scientific rigor, and use of biostatistical methods in neuroscience.
  • NSCI 790. Neuroscience Laboratory Rotation Surveys. A survey of up to six active research laboratories in the Program in Neuroscience. Weekly meetings in NSCI 790 discuss and compare different laboratory environments and experience and help students prepare Individual Development Plans to guide their training as scientist.
  • SCI 791. Senior Laboratory Rotations. These are intensive laboratory rotations for second year students in the Program in Neuroscience. They are intended for students to begin research in their planned dissertation laboratories. Thus, all three rotations can be within the same laboratory. However, they may also be conducted in up to three different laboratories, depending on the student's training needs and interests.
  • NSCI 798. Disseration Research in Neuroscience.