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Program Director: Francis W. Flynn, Ph.D.

Degree Offered

Ph.D. in Neuroscience

Graduate Neuroscience Program offers training leading to the Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience. The Neuroscience Program emphasizes systems and integrative approaches, and our goal is to provide the students with the necessary background to be broadly trained research neuroscientists and to carry out independent research in neuroscience. The Neuroscience Program emphasizes continuing interaction with faculty from several departments and we have a low student to faculty ratio. The average of 2-3 doctoral students per faculty advisor enables advisors to spend considerable time supervising and training each doctoral student. The educational philosophy of the Neuroscience Program is to encourage a problem-oriented rather than a strict discipline-bound approach to research. You will emerge from this program with the scientific and experimental training needed to comprehensively address a very wide range of research questions using a variety of techniques and analytic tools.

The Graduate Neuroscience Program is designed to enable graduate students to acquire competence in the various disciplines necessary for research and teaching careers in neuroscience. The current interests of the Neuroscience faculty include sensory neurophysiology, behavioral neuropharmacology, neurodevelopment, neurodegeneration, and synaptic plasticity.

Students and faculty have access to outstanding resources established by NIH Neuroscience Core grants. The Microscopy Core houses both light (Zeiss laser scanning, fluorescent) and electron (Transmission and Scanning) microscopes. Resources needed to conduct research ranging from molecular, cellular circuit level to behavior are readily available within the Neuroscience Center.

Doctoral Program Admission Minimum Requirements

  • GRE: 153 on the verbal reasoning sections and a score of at least 144 on the quantitative reasoning section is required;
  • GPA: 3.000 (4.000 scale);
  • Three favorable letters of recommendation;
  • Bachelor’s degree in a biological science from an accredited institution;
  • Statement of research interests and career objectives. We recommend that students study the Neuroscience faculty web sites and contact faculty regarding openings and shared research interests.

You will be best prepared for our program if you have successfully completed courses in neuroscience, chemistry, biology, physiology, and cell/molecular biology. Students may be admitted with deficiencies in some of the areas if they are strong in many or all others. If so, the student’s advisory committee will determine what additional work is necessary during the first year to correct any deficiency..

Neuroscience (NEUR) Courses

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