Curriculum

Spring 20134Course List

Research and teaching in the neurosciences at Iowa are consolidated in three partially overlapping research tracks:

  • Molecular / Cellular Research
  • Developmental / Systems Research
  • Cognitive / Behavioral Research

A set of core courses is required of all all students. Additional coursework is selected based upon the student's background and chosen area of expertise.

The curriculum is designed to provide a multidisciplinary foundation in the conceptual and methodological approaches to study of the nervous system, emphasizing original, independent student research. It is anticipated that most students will complete the program in four to five years (in fact, the average time to degree currently is right at 4.5 years). The first two years emphasize formal instruction, laboratory rotations, and directed research. The final two to three years emphasize research and the writing of the Ph.D. dissertation.

The comprehensive examination is typically taken in the summer of the second year.

“The University of Iowa is a great place to attend graduate school.  The scientific community is friendly and collaborative, and the Neuroscience program works to create a supportive community among its students.  It's relatively easy to live within a short commute to the University.  Iowa City is also a lot of fun.  I live within walking distance of downtown and everything it has to offer, so I frequent the Farmer's Market, the public library, and favorite restaurants.  ”