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 9 semester hours of Elective Courses. At least 6 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 Neurobiology of Disease, 3 s.h.
  • BMED:5207 Principles of Molecular & Cellular Biology, 3 s.h.
  • PSY:7210 Seminar: Advanced Topics in Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience: Neuroscience of Learning and Memory, 3 s.h.


  • NSCI:5212 Foundations in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience, 4 s.h. (offered only in even numbered years)
  • BIOL:3753 Developmental Neurobiology, 3 s.h.
  • PCOL:6207 Ion Channel Pharmacology, 1 s.h. – Spring module 2
  • PCOL:5137 Neurotransmitters, 1 s.h. – Spring module 3
  • BIOL:3653 Integrative Neurophysiology, 3 s.h.

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”

  • BIOL:3343  Animal Physiology
  • BIOL:2254  Endocrinology
  • BIOL:3383  Introduction to Systems Biology
  • BIOL:4213  Bioinformatics
  • BIOL:5199  Critical Readings in Biolology
  • BIOL:6188 Seminar: Writing in the Natural Sciences
  • CSD:2110   Phonetics: Theory & Applications
  • CSD:2111   Basic Acoustics for Sp & Hrng
  • CSD:4146   Neurogenic Disorders of Speech
  • CSD:6230   Advanced Hearing Science
  • CSD:5234   Acquired Cognitive-Communication Disorders
  • HHP:6300   Motor Control Seminar
  • MATH:5750 Mathematical Biology I
  • PCOL:5135  Principles of Pharmacology
  • PSY:1001    Elementary Psychology
  • PSY:3320    Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY:5070   Programming for Psychologists
  • PSY:5610   Proseminar in Cognition and Perception
  • PSY:6250   Neurobiology of Drug Addiction & Stress
  • PSY:7150   Current Topics in Psychology
  • RHET:7500 Science Communicaiton in the Digital Age
  • RHET:7940 Public Speaking for Academics
  • BME:5320 Bioinformatics Techniques
  • MICR:5218 Microscopy of Biomedical Research
  • PATH:5260 Translational Histopathology
  • GENE:6200 Special Topics in Genetics
  • NSCI:7301  Directed Study in Neuroscience
  • NSCI:5365   Seminar: Neuropsychology and Neuroscience (“Morning Meeting”)  (same as PSY:5365; NEUR:5365)
  • STAT:6300  Probability and Stochastic Processes I
  • MMED:6220  Mechanism of Cellular Organization
  • MMED:6225  Growth Factor Receptor Signaling
  • MMED:6226  Cell Cycle Control
  • MMED:6227  Cell Fate Decisions

All students register for NSCI:6265 Neuroscience Seminar and NSCI:7305 Neuroscience Research each semester until they reach the minimum number of semester hours needed to graduate (72 s.h.). Once 72 s.h. is reached, students must register for NSCI:6265 Neuroscience Seminar each semester until they graduate.