Doctor of Philosophy in the Field of Neuroscience

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. In addition, students perform full-time research in faculty laboratories for the duration of their program. In GW laboratories, they are hired as paid research assistants/associates in the third year and beyond of the program.

Students are advised to complete up to 48 credits comprising required interdisciplinary core courses, required neuroscience 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 register for up to 24 credits of dissertation research through completion and successful oral defense of a written dissertation.

Required courses*
Interdisciplinary core
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
Neuroscience core
NRSC 8283Current Topics in Neuroscience
NRSC 8284Foundations of Experimental Neuroscience I
NRSC 8285Foundations of Experimental Neuroscience II
18 credits in elective courses selected in consultation with graduate program advisor:
ANAT 6130Clinically Oriented Human Embryology
ANAT 6150Clinically Oriented Human Microscopic Anatomy
ANAT 6160Clinically Oriented Human Functional Neuroanatomy
ANAT 6182Fundamentals of Translational Science
ANAT 6275Advanced Studies in Translational Sciences
BIOC 6240Next Generation Sequencing
BIOC 6242Bioscience Big Data Statistics
BIOC 6281Topics
BIOC 8225Metabolism
BIOC 8232Molecular and Cellular Signaling
BMSC 8219Writing the Grant-Style Qualifier
CANC 8221The Basic Science of Oncology
CANC 8222Molecular Oncology and Cancer Epigenetics
GENO 6223Bioinformatics
GENO 6236Medical Genomics
GENO 6237Proteomics and Biomarkers
GENO 8231Introduction to Genomics, Proteomics, and Bioinformatics
MICR 8210Infection and Immunity
MICR 8230Molecular and Cellular Immunology
MICR 8270Advanced Topics in Immunology
NRSC 8998Advanced Reading and Research
PHAR 6205Pharmacology
PHAR 6206Advanced Pharmacology
PHAR 6116Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine
PHAR 6322Advanced Professional and Communication Skills
PHAR 8211Physiology
PHAR 8281Molecular Pharmacology and Neurobiology of Excitable Tissues
PUBH 6276Public Health Microbiology
PUBH 6278Public Health Virology
Dissertation research
NRSC 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.