Coursework


Core and Elective Courses

The neuroscience courses are subdivided into required core courses that all students must complete and elective courses that represent two major fields:

  • Cell and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience

Additional Required Coursework

  1. Additional course requirements include one core course from each of the following themes:
    1. Biobehavioral Neuroscience
    2. Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
    3. General Neurobiology
  2. In addition, all students are expected to take a course in Bioethics or Issues of Scientific Integrity and receive training in effective oral communication and teaching (Teaching Principles course).

Time to Complete Required and Elective Coursework

All required and most elective courses are completed in the first two years of the program.

Likely Curriculum

Since the Neuroscience Program has faculty at KU-Lawrence and the KU Medical Center, the core curriculums are approached slightly different.

Likely Curriculum by Campus

The following is a likely curriculum for a student enrolling in the KU Lawrence Neuroscience Graduate Program:

Year 1: Fall Semester

  • Advanced Biotechnology
  • Course in Biobehavioral Neuroscience¬†
  • Neuroscience Seminar
  • Research in Neuroscience

Year 1: Spring Semester

  • Advanced Neuroscience
  • Neuroscience Seminar
  • Research in Neuroscience

Year 2: Fall Semester

  • Scientific Integrity
  • Course in Cell & Molecular Neuroscience
  • First Elective for Molecular & Cellular Neurosci. or Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience
  • Neuroscience Seminar
  • Research in Neuroscience

Year 2: Spring Semester

  • Second elective for Cell and Molecular Neuroscience or Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience
  • Neuroscience Seminar
  • Research in Neuroscience
  • Completion of written and oral comprehensive exam

Year 3: Fall/Spring Semester

  • Dissertation Research
  • Neuroscience Seminar

Years 4/5: Fall/Spring Semester

  • Dissertation Research
  • Neuroscience Seminar

The following is a likely curriculum for a student enrolling in the KUMC Neuroscience Graduate Program:

Year 1: Fall Semester

  • IGPBS Module1: Protein Structure, Thermodynamics, Kinetics
  • IGPBS Module 2: Cell Metabolism
  • IGPBS Module 3: Molecular Biology
  • Lab rotations
  • Neuroscience seminar

Year 1: Spring Semester

  • Advanced Neuroscience
  • IGPBS Module 4: Cell and Developmental Biology
  • IGPBS Module 5: Molecular and Physiological Basis of Disease
  • Lab rotations/Faculty research seminar series
  • Neuroscience Seminar

Year 2: Fall Semester

  • Course in Bio-Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Course in Cell and Molecular Neuroscience
  • First Elective for Molecular & Cellular Neurosci. or Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience
  • Second Elective for Molecular & Cellular Neurosci. or Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience
  • Neuroscience Seminar

Year 2: Fall Semester

  • Completion of written and oral comprehensive exam
  • Research Skill
  • Bioethics
  • Neuroscience Teaching Principles

Year 3: Fall/Spring Semester

  • Dissertation Research

Year 4: Fall/Spring Semester

  • Dissertation Research