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 neuroscience program at the university has a unique blend of cognitive and molecular neuroscience that appeals to my own diverse interests for studying the brain. Most other programs place emphasis on one side or the other of these two broad disciplines.”