Curriculum

The neuroscience core curriculum provides a necessary breadth of knowledge across major areas of neuroscience and accommodates students with diverse academic backgrounds. In the first two years all students enrolled in the Graduate Program in Neuroscience and Physiology at the Medical Center and the Doctoral Program in Neural Science at Washington Square take Cellular Neuroscience, Systems Neuroscience (including Neuroanatomy), and a course in biostatistics.

In addition, students select an area of specialization based on their research interests. The two areas are: Molecular, Cellular, and Translational (MCT) or  Systems, Cognition, and Computation (SCC). By choosing an area of specialization, students are able to delve deeply into the subfields of neuroscience they are most interested in. Additional advanced electives fill in areas or expand on topics directly relevant to the students' thesis work.

The following examples are typical programs for students choosing either the Molecular/Cellular/Translation (MCT) or Systems/Congnitive/Computational (SCC) specializations. To see descriptions of the classes, please consult the Sackler Course Catalogue and the CNS Course Catalogue. Graded courses are in bold print.

MCT area of specialization:

Year 1

  • Foundations of Cell & Molecular Biology I
  • Cellular Neuroscience + Lab
  • Sensory and Motor Systems + Lab
  • Scientific Survival Skills
  • Scientific Integrity & the Responsible Conduct of Research
  • 3 Laboratory Rotations (Sept-July)

Year 2

  • Biostatistics (3 options)
  • Advanced Elective 1
  • Advanced Elective 2
  • Grant Writing for Scientists
  • Qualifying Exam
  • Thesis Research

Year 3 and beyond

  • Advanced Elective 3
  • Thesis Research
  • Thesis Committee Meetings
  • Thesis Preparation and Defense

SCC area of specialization:

Year 1

  • Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Cellular Neuroscience + Lab
  • Sensory and Motor Systems + Lab
  • Mathematical Tools for Neuroscience
  • Scientific Survival Skills
  • Scientific Integrity & the Responsible Conduct of Research
  • 3 Laboratory Rotations (Sept-July)

Year 2

  • Advanced Elective 1
  • Advanced Elective 2
  • Grant Writing for Scientists
  • Qualifying Exam
  • Thesis Research

Year 3 and beyond

  • Advanced Elective 3
  • Thesis Research
  • Thesis Committee Meetings
  • Thesis Preparation and Defense