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PhD Specialization in Neuroscience

The Department of Biology allows a distinct opportunity for PhD students to specialize and graduate with a Certificate of Specialization in the field of Neuroscience. Interested admitted students may consult with any member of the established Biology Neuroscience Program Committee for specific guidance. The coursework and research training within the Neuroscience track are designed to emphasize the application of both theoretical and experimental methods within Molecular/Cellular/Developmental/Systems Neuroscience. The Neuroscience specialization is designed to provide substantial preparation for students interested in the fields of medicine, neuroscience and behavioral science.


1. Be a graduate student in good standing and 3.0 GPA in the Biology Department’s PhD program.

2. Have their admission and candidacy approved by the Biology Neuroscience Program Committee.

3. Complete four courses within the Cellular/ Molecular/Developmental/Systems Neuroscience Track.

4. Enroll and participate in the Neuroscience Journal Club for four semesters.

Neuroscience Program Committee: Dr. Joel Sheffield, Dr. Susan Patterson, Dr. Anna Moore and Dr. Eleni Anni.