Graduate students are required to complete 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. The student should make such arrangements in consultation with their mentor, the Program Director, and the Student Advisory Committee.) 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, mentor, and Program Director. Based on courses undertaken prior to entering the Neuroscience Program, some core Neuroscience course requirements may be waived.

Core Courses

  • PSY:6370 Principles of Neuropsychology, 3 s.h.
  • ACB:6252 Functional Neuroanatomy, 4 s.h.
  • BIOL:5653/5658 Fundamental Neurobiology I, 3 s.h.; with Discussion, 2 s.h.
  • BIOL:5654/5659 Fundamental Neurobiology II, 3 s.h.; with Discussion, 2 s.h.
  • NSCI:7235 Neurobiology of Disease, 3 s.h.

Neuroscience Seminar (NSCI:6265:0001)

The Neuroscience Seminar Series provides a weekly forum for research presentations by faculty and students of the Program, and by invited guest speakers. The Seminar is attended by all students in the Program, by Program faculty, and by faculty and guests from other Departments and Programs on campus.

Scholarly Integrity / Responsible Conduct of Research

All students are required to take a course in scholarly integrity. In addition, students continue to participate in education in these principles throughout their graduate training.


All students are required to take 1 semester of statistics (at least 3 s.h.) for graduation. It is strongly recommended that the statistics course be completed before the Comprehensive Examination. Students with an extensive background in statistics can petition the Program for an exemption to the statistics requirement.

To satisfy the statistics requirement, students may take one of the following:

  • PSY:5050, “Quantitative Methods in Psychology,” taught by Professor J. Toby Mordkoff in the Department of Psychology. Professor Mordkoff normally offers this course in the Fall semester. This is a 4 s.h. course.
  • BIOS:4120, "Introduction to Biostatistics," 3 s.h. This course has traditionally been offered in both Fall and Spring semesters.

As an introductory primer, students may also be interested in: PCOL:5204, "Basic Biostatistics and Experimental Design." This is a 1 s.h. module offered in the Fall semester.

Additional statistics courses can be counted towards elective requirements. Students are encouraged to consult with their Mentor and with the Program Directors to determine whether additional statistics curses might be useful for their program of study.