Pre-candidate courses:

Fall Term
PIBS 503/Research, Responsibility and Ethics

Covers a number of topics related to the responsible conduct of research. Among the topics usually treated are the proper use and care of animals in research, rules for research involving human subjects, accepted standards for recording data and keeping notebooks, distinguishing ethical from unethical practices and a discussion of what type of contribution to a project merits authorship on papers.

Neuroscience Bootcamp-Introduction to Molecular Neurobiology and Neurophysiology

This course is taken at the end of summer, as an intense introduction to Molecular Neurobiology and Neurophysiology focusing on cellular and molecular neuroscience that meets for three weeks, just before the beginning of the Fall term. This "bootcamp" provides students an introduction to graduate school and fosters social interactions between the incoming cohort of students. Topics focus on the development, knowledge and technical advances in molecular neurobiology, and an understanding of cell and membrane electrophysiology. The laboratory experience encompasses experiments and research orientated towards advancing the technical and analytical approaches of molecular neurobiology and cell and membrane electrophysiology.  Students work together in groups getting to know each other and working collaboratively on projects. Some of the topics touched on include analysis of RNA isolation and characterization from tissues, PCR and PCR fragment cloning, plasmid DNA isolation, restriction enzyme characterization, protein isolation and Western blot characterization.  Anatomical topics include axonal pathway tracing, immunocytochemical localization of specific neuronal proteins, and time lapse video microscopy. Among the physiological topics are intracellular, extracellular recording, action potential generation and propagation. In addition, students are provided independent research problems to promote integrative thinking, including neurophysiology and its relationship to behavior across molecular and cellular neuroscience as well as working in groups. 

Neuroscience 800-Research Rotation

Rotations are broken up into long and short rotations of 7 weeks, students need to complete 3 rotation segments (2 could be put together for a long 14 week rotation) and this can continue until the end of the summer following their first year allowing more focus on coursework (Optional Summer Rotation).

Neuroscience 700-Seminar

Weekly colloquium series with talks being presented by students in their second and fourth years as well as invited speakers and internal faculty. This is a one credit course. Students in their second year presenting can choose to enroll for an additional credit in Neurosci 701 by writing a review paper that is relevant to their 700 topic presentation.

Neuroscience 601

Fall Term Principles of Neuroscience Courses: Neuroscience 611, 612,and 613. Sequential moduals with each modual lasting 1/3 of the semester. Represents the first half of a year-long, graduate-level survey of neuroscience. The goals for these courses are: to provide students with a broad range of basic Neuroscience background knowledge, to provide students with a sense of how knowledge was obtained, by reading and discussing “classic papers” and to provide students with a sense of where the current frontier is, by reading and discussing very recent papers. Each week this class meets for 4-6 hours, with a mix of lectures and discussion. These courses constitute the first half of a comprehensive introduction of neuroscience.

611- Neuropharmacology covers binding relationships: pharmodynamics; Glutamate: GABA; Acetylchlorine; dopamine adrenergic and serotonergic transmission; Opioi d Systems, Neuropeptides and a number of other topics.

612- Neural Development covers Neurogenesis, Neuronal activity and critical periods; axon growth; degeneration and regeneration; Synaptogenesis; Neurotrophic factors and other topics.  613- Circuits and Computational Neuroscience covers network activity and computational modeling of neurons and neuronal networks; brain function and network interactions in multiple brain regions; EEG rhythms; motor control and consciousness. 

 613-  Neurophysiology, Circuits and Computational Neuroscience covers basic neurophysiology and network activity and computational modeling of neurons and neuronal networks; brain function and network interactions in multiple brain regions. 

Neuroscience 570/571

Neuroanatomy course and lab provides a systematic survey of the structure of the human nervous system, including major pathways, neurotransmitters, and functions.

Winter Term
Statistics or Elective Courses

4 cognate electives are required during the first year.  The electives can be achieved by a variety of courses in Biological Chemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology, Human Genetics, Pharmacology, Physiology, Psychology and Neuroscience Journal Clubs. 

-Every student is expected to demonstrate basic proficiency in statistics. This requirement can be satisfied by several different courses, or by previous experience as an undergraduate. Can be taken as a candidate level student if approved by the NGP Director. 

Qualifying Exam

Taken at the end of winter term.

Neuroscience 801-Research Rotation

Rotations are broken up into long and short rotations of 7 weeks, students need to complete 3 rotation segments (2 could be put together for a long 14 week rotation) and this can continue until the end of the summer following their first year allowing more focus on coursework.

Neuroscience 700- Seminar

Weekly colloquium series with talks being presented by students in their second and fourth years as well as invited speakers and internal faculty. This is a one credit course. 

Neuroscience 602, 614, 615, 616

Winter Term Principles of Neuroscience Courses: Neuroscience 614- Sensory Systems, 615- Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience and 616- Clinical and Translational Neuroscience. This course is the second half of a comprehensive introduction to neuroscience. The 3 course modules make up an entire semester long introduction to Neuroscience topics, each lasting a third of the semester.

614- Sensory Systems covers: auditory system; visual system; olafactory; somatosensation and other topics as time allows.

615- Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience: Topics will include learning and memory; motivation; circadian rhythms; stress and cognition; and these will be discussed with respect to psychiatric illness. 

616- Neuropathology covers: trinucleotide repeat disorders; movement and psychiatric disorders; epilepsy; Alzheimers and other dementias. 

Fall Term
Statistics and Elective Courses

Electives are available in the second year. The electives can be achieved by a variety of courses in Biological Chemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology, Human Genetics, Pharmacology, Physiology, Psychology and Neuroscience Journal Clubs.

Other Program Requirements after Candidacy
  1. Prospectus and Thesis Committee Selection
  2. Preparation of NRSA proposal for presentation to thesis committee
  3. GSI-one term
  4. 4th year talk
  5. Attend NGP Program events
Neuroscience 995

Candidate Level Research

Neuroscience 700-Seminar

Second year students meet with a faculty mentor for 4-6 weeks of intense discussion of a restricted topic in neuroscience. At the end of this time, each student selects a topic for presentation to the entire Neuroscience Program. The presentation is in the form of a 20-minute lecture. Students receive extensive help from the faculty mentor in preparing their talk, and written and oral feedback from other Program faculty after the talk. This course gives our students outstanding skills for giving scientific presentations. Second year students present in either Fall or Winter term. Students can enroll for an additional credit by meeting the additional requirement of writing a review paper.

Winter Term
Neuroscience 995

Candidate Level Research