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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 three semester hours of Elective Courses. A representative list of approved electives is provided below. 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 in MyUI. Selection of Elective Courses should be done in consultation with the student's Advisor/Mentor and the Program Directors.

Many students with an interest in cellular/molecular/developmental neuroscience take BMED:5207 Principles of Molecular & Cellular Biology. Many students with an interest in systems/behavioral/cognitive neuroscience take NSCI:5212 Foundations in Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience (please note, NSCI:5212 is currently only offered every other spring semester in the even years). These courses are designated with an * in the list below. The elective requirement is normally satisfied prior to taking the Comprehensive Examination.


  • 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
  • BMED:5207 *Principles of Molecular & Cellular Biology
  • 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
  • PCOL:5137 Neurotransmitters (1 s.h., module 3)
  • PCOL:6207 Ion Channel Pharmacology (1 s.h., module 2)
  • PCOL:6225 Growth Factor Receptor Signaling (1 s.h., module 1)
  • PSY:1001    Elementary Psychology
  • PSY:3320    Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY:5070   Programming for Psychologists
  • PSY:5080   Foundations in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSY:5610   Proseminar in Cognition and Perception
  • PSY:6250   Neurobiology of Drug Addiction & Stress
  • PSY:6440   Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSY:7150   Current Topics in Psychology
  • PSY:7210   Advanced Topics in Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience: Neuroscience of Learning & Memory
  • RHET:7500 Science Communication 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:5212  *Foundations in Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience (offered even numbered years in spring)
  • 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:6226  Cell Cycle Control (1 s.h., module 2)
  • MMED:6227  Cell Fate Decisions (1 s.h., module 3)


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.