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.

“Coming from the west coast, I was apprehensive about life in the mid-west, but I can honestly say that I absolutely love Iowa City.  It is a great and easy place to live and go to school, and has a wide variety of extra-curricular activities – from music to outdoor activities, there is a ton going on! Additionally, everyone really is quite nice, and there is an easy-going, collaborative feel at the University that I really appreciate.”