Ph.D. Program Curriculum
The curriculum is designed to provide students with a foundation on which they can build for specialization in any area of neuroscience. Moreover, all students are expected to be familiar with the different levels of analysis in neuroscience, from the molecular to the behavioral levels. The curriculum has six major components:
During the first year of the doctoral program, students take the sequence of core courses, three literature-based seminars, and perform lab rotations. At the end of this first academic year, the student selects a faculty research mentor and joins a laboratory. The Written Qualifying Examination is completed at the beginning of the second year and students then continue with courses and laboratory work. Most students serve as teaching assistants in the second year. By the third year of study, the student spends nearly full-time in the laboratory and completes the Oral Qualifying Examination which tests their ability to present and defend a research proposal. The student next presents the results of their research in a lecture to the community when the dissertation is well under way (midstream seminar) and defends the completed dissertation in the Final Oral Examination.
To view detailed information and the most current curriculum please visit the Graduate Division website for the official Neuroscience Graduate IDP Program Requirements.