Required Core Courses

Required Core Courses

Graduate students are required to complete six Neuroscience Program core courses (listed below) prior to taking the Comprehensive Examination. (On rare occasions, core courses may be completed after the Comprehensive Examination; e.g., if a course is not available in a feasible manner.) Graduate students must achieve a grade of “B” or better in core courses in order to satisfy this requirement. If a student receives a grade of less than a “B” in a core course, the course may have to be repeated or a student may have to perform remedial work as specified by the Student Advisory Committee. Based on courses undertaken prior to entering the Neuroscience Program, the Student Advisory Committee may waive some core Neuroscience course requirements for students who have been admitted with advanced standing.

Core Courses:

031:278    Principles of Neuropsychology, 3 s.h.

060:234    Medical Neuroscience, 4.s.h.

132:181    Neurophysiology, 4 s.h.

132:180    Fundamental Neurobiology, 4 s.h.

132:235    Neurobiology of Disease, 3 s.h.

132:184    Developmental Neurobiology, 3 s.h. 

156:201    Fundamentals of Gene Expression (Molecular Track) 1 s.h.**

AND

156:202    Fundamentals of Protein Regulation (Molecular Track) 1 s.h.**

AND

156:203    Fundamentals of Dynamic Cell Processes (Molecular Track) 1 s.h.**

*May be taken as a substitute for Neurophysiology

**These three five-week modules equal the required three semester hour course

“What convinced me to attend Iowa was the Neuroscience Program. There's a deep commitment to neuroscience research at the University of Iowa, and it's reflected in the strength of the Neuroscience Program. Annually, it's ranked as one of the highest doctoral programs at the university, and the ongoing research conducted by the faculty and students is excellent. The interdisciplinary aspect of the program is tremendous for one's graduate education. There's a conflux of molecular/cellular, cognitive, systems, and behavioral research in the program and it really allows each student in the program to gain a broad spectrum of skills and knowledge in the field of neuroscience. But, the program was also attractive to me for reasons outside of the curriculum and research. From the moment I arrived on campus, the program has felt like a family. Students help each other out, and offer a great support system. And after several years of being in the program, I can undoubtedly say, Iowa was the perfect choice for me.”