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PhD in Neuroscience Curriculum

Didactic courses

The main course in the program is an intensive first-year course on Foundations in Neuroscience, which covers all main areas of neuroscience and includes introductions to neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, neuropharmacology, molecular and cellular neuroscience, and behavioral neuroscience. A large portion of the time is spent on discussions of primary literature in small group settings. In addition, students can take advantage of an offering of advanced courses.


In the first year, students conduct short research rotations in up to six laboratories for 5 weeks each to develop a sense of the breadth of research opportunities, training environments and technical skills available in the program. In the summer between their first and second years, students begin intensive training and research in either the laboratory they have selected for their dissertation or continue with longer research rotations in up to three laboratories over the next three semesters.

Transferable skills

Our mission is to prepare our students for many different career opportunities, and therefore, our student receive training in transferable skills including critical thinking and evaluation, scientific writing and presentation, biostatistics, research conduct of research, teaching tools and techniques, and professional and career development.