The program leading to the Ph.D. degree is designed to give students the opportunity to develop the technical skills and conceptual framework necessary for a successful research career in neuroscience. You also receive the necessary training to supplement your particular research area. When pursuing a dual major, your coursework is coordinated between your two chosen domains.
Completion of the Ph.D. requires a total of 90 credit hours, including the dissertation. An advisory committee consisting of at least three members of the graduate faculty helps you plan an individual program of study. Research is your greatest challenge and becomes the major focus of your energy.
The program requires 21 credit hours of coursework, including a one-year core sequence in neuroscience. The rest of your courses are chosen from those listed with the program or cross-listed with other departments, divisions, or special programs.
The major requires completion of a course of at least 1 credit that includes professional ethics, selected in consultation with your advisory committee. Examples of suitable courses can be found in the graduate school bulletin.
To remain in good standing and be admitted to doctoral candidacy, students must pass a written and oral examination before the end of their fifth semester in residence. Students with a double major may request one additional year before taking the qualifying examination.
In addition to the oral defense of the dissertation before the research committee, a public research seminar is required.
When pursuing a dual major (as most students do), your coursework is coordinated between the two domains.View our requirements in the Graduate School Bulletin Learn about our dual majors