Doctor of Philosophy in the Field of Neuroscience

Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder. 

Candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, chemistry, or a related field.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

The requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy program.

72 credits, including required core and elective courses. Successful completion of a grant-style qualifier examination is required for advancement to candidacy.

Students are advised to complete up to 48 credit hours comprising required interdisciplinary core courses, required Cancer Biology core courses electives and advanced readings and research in the first two years of PhD study. Upon successful completion of a grant-style qualifier, students then register for up to 24 credits of dissertation research until project completion, dissertation and successful defense. Successful completion of the oral defense of a written dissertation is required.

Required interdisciplinary core courses
BMSC 8210Genes to Cells
BMSC 8212Systems Physiology
BMSC 8215Lab Rotations
BMSC 8216Scientific Writing, Presentation Skills, and Seminar Planning
BMSC 8217Ethics and Grant Writing
BMSC 8218Career Options in the Biomedical Sciences
BMSC 8230Molecular Basis of Human Disease
BMSC 8235Applied Biostatistics for Basic Research
Required neuroscience core courses
MMED 8214Molecular Medicine Seminar
MMED 8281Molecular Pharmacology and Neurobiology of Excitable Tissues
MMED 8282Neural Development and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
24 credits in elective courses selected in consultation with graduate program advisor:
ANAT 6160Clinically Oriented Human Functional Neuroanatomy
BIOC 6223Bioinformatics
BIOC 6236Medical Genomics
BIOC 6240Next Generation Sequencing
BIOC 6281Topics
BMSC 8231Introduction to Genomics, Proteomics, and Bioinformatics
MICR 8210Infection and Immunity
MICR 8230Molecular and Cellular Immunology
MMED 8283Current Topics in Neuroscience
MMED 8821 Basic Science of Oncology
MMED 8998Advanced Reading and Research
PHAR 6116Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine
Dissertation research
MMED 8999Dissertation Research
Required courses may be waived at the discretion of the graduate program director based on written documentation of prior equivalent coursework. Any waiver increases the number of electives required, by the number of credits waived.