Elective Courses

In order to provide training both in an area of specialization and in related areas of neuroscience, students are required to take at least 8 semester hours of Elective Courses.  At least 5 s.h. of these elective courses must be from Elective “Menu A”; the other 3 s.h. may come from Elective Menu B and/or from Elective Menu A (see below). 


Elective “Menu A”  

(organized according to semester offered)


NSCI:7235 / 132:235 Neurobiology of Disease, 3 s.h.

BISC:5201 / 156:201 Fundamentals of Gene Expression, 1 s.h. – Fall module 1 

BISC:5203 / 156:203 Fundamentals of Dynamic Cell Processes, 1 s.h. – Fall module 2 


NSCI:5212 / 132:242 Foundations in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience, 4 s.h.

NSCI:6240 / 132:240 Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience, 3 s.h. 

NSCI:5753  Developmental Neurobiology, 1 s.h. – Spring module 1

PCOL:6207 Ion Channel Pharmacology, 1 s.h. – Spring module 2

PCOL:5137 Neurotransmitters, 1 s.h. – Spring module 3 


The additional 3 s.h. of Electives may be satisfied by coursework from the above list (“Menu A”), or by other approved electives.  A representative list of such approved electives is provided below (Elective “Menu B”).  New courses may be added, courses may be discontinued, changed, renamed etc., each year, and thus, this list is approximate and the actual courses offered in any given semester will need to be determined from the listings on ISIS.  Selection of Elective Courses should be done in consultation with the student’s Advisor/Mentor, the Program Director, and (if necessary) the Student Advisory Committee.  The elective requirement is normally satisfied prior to taking the Comprehensive Examination. 


Elective “Menu B”

ACB:6230/060:230        Molecular Basis of Vertebrate Development

BIOL:2254/002:150       Endocrinology

BIOL:3343/002:124       Animal Physiology

BIOL:4213/002:170       Bioinformatics

BIOL:5157/002:195       Topics in Neurobiology:  Methods in Neuroscience

BIOL:5199/002:215       Critical Read Biol

BIOS:5110/171:161       Introduction to Biostatistics

BISC:5204/156:204**    Biostatistics for Biomedical Research

BISC:5205/156:205       Practical Bioinformatics

BME:5320/051:123        Bioinformatics Techniques

CSD/2110/003:110        Phonetics:  Theory & Applications

CSD/2111/003:111        Basic Acoustics of Sp & Hrng

CSD:5233/003:230        Aphasia

CSD:5234/003:234        Acquired Cognitive-Communication Disorders

CSD:6218/003:218        Psycholinguistics

CSD:6230/003:230        Speech Perception

GENE:6200/127:200      Genetics Special Topics

HHP:6300/027:160         Seminar inMotor Control

MCB:6215/142:215        Transcription RNA

MCB:6216142:216         Chromatin & Disease

MCB:6217142:217         Mouse models/cancer

MCB:6220/142:220        Mechanism of Cellular Organization

MCB:6221142:221         Subcellular Motility

MCB:6222/142:222        Organelle Biogenesis

MCB:6225/142:225        Growth Factor Receptor Signaling

MGMT:7380/06J:272      Individual Differences in Traits/Abilities

MICR:5218/061:218        Microscopy of Biomedical Research

MPB:6226/072:226         Cell Cycle Control

NSCI:5365/132:365        Seminar:  Neuropsychology and Neuroscience ("Morning Meeting")

NSCI:6209/132:209        Receptors and Signal Transduction

NSCI:6240/132:240*       Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience

NSCI:6241/132:241         Fundamentals of Behavioral Neuroscience

NSCI:6250/132:250         Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

NSCI:7301/132:301         Directed Study in Neuroscience

PATH:5260                      Translational Histopathology

PCOL:6025/071:225        Topic Molecular Pharmacology

PCOL:6035/071:235        Topic in Pain and Analgesia

PCOL:6208/071:208        G-Proteins/G-Proteins-Coupled Receptors

PCOL;5137/071:137        Neurotransmitters

PSY:3060/031:226           Visual Perception

PSY:3117/031:219           Psychology of Language

PSY:3320/031:163           Abnormal Psychology

PSY:7020/031:220           Proseminar in Cognition and Perception

PSY:7020/031:335           Seminar:  Cognitive Neuroscience

PSY:7030/031:370           Seminar: Health Psychology

PSY:7150/031:280           Current Topics in Psychology

PSY:7210/031:338           Seminar: Advanced Topics in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience

PSY:7610/031:330           Seminar: Cognitive Psychology

PTRS:7877/101:277         Mechanisms of Pain Transmission

STAT:6300/22S:195         Probability and Stochastic Processes I


*Recommended course for cognitive track students

**Recommended course for molecular track students



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