Wednesday March 10, 2010
Broad knowledge of neuroscience is provided for all students by the Neuroscience Core Courses listed below. Additional Elective Courses provide specialized education appropriate to the student’s research. The course of study depends on the student’s research area and academic history, and is determined by negotiation between the student, the student’s advisor, and the advisory committee. All Master’s students take Seminars in Neuroscience every quarter it is offered.
The M.S. degree requires a minimum of 45 total credit hours (including research and thesis), of which 30 hours must be formal course work. Students are encouraged to finish the program within two years; the average is two and one quarter years.
Ph.D. students receive broad knowledge through Neuroscience Core Courses and specialized training through Elective Courses as described above. Ph.D. students also develop scientific skills through annual presentations in Seminars in Neuroscience, in which students and faculty present their research or lead discussions of recent journal articles.
A breadth requirement for Neuroscience doctoral students within the Physiology and Neuroscience Section consists of a minimum of two courses (at least 6 credit hours). It can be fulfilled by any graduate level courses in Biology (other than Neuroscience courses), Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Psychology, Philosophy, or Engineering, subject to approval by the student’s dissertation committee and the Section Committee.
The Ph.D. degree requires a minimum of 135 total credit hours (including research and thesis), of which 45 hours must be formal course work. Students are encouraged to finish the Ph.D. program in five years; the average is five and one half years.