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.

“My experience living in Iowa City has been positive. Everyone is very friendly, there is a lot of collaboration and interactions between members involved in Neuroscience research, and coursework is diverse and provides a strong foundation for cutting-edge research in the field of Neuroscience. IC is definitely a collegiate town, with many watering spots for graduate and undergraduates, coffee shops, and an extremely lively school spirit for football games. I'm never bored here, and I would recommend it to everyone!”