Skip to main content
Explore URMC

SMD Logo

menu

Sample Curriculum

1st Year – All Students

Fall Semester

  • NSC 512 – Cellular Neuroscience (5.0 credits)
  • NSC 592 – Neuroscience Journal Club (1.0 credit)
  • NSC 503 – NSC Student Seminar (1.0 credit)
  • NSC 590 – Lab Rotations In Nsc (variable credits)
  • IND 501 – Ethics & Prof Integrity in Research (1.0 credit)
  • IND 409 – Cell Biology (4.0 credits) or IND 408 – Advanced Biochemistry (5.0 credits) or ANA 511 – Cell & Molecular Foundations (4.0 credits)

Spring Semester

  • NSC 531 – Integrative and Systems Neuroscience (6.0 credits)
  • NSC 592 – Neuroscience Journal Club (1.0 credit)
  • NSC 503 – NSC Student Seminar (1.0 credit)
  • NSC 590 – Lab Rotations In Nsc (variable credits)
  • NSC 511 – Human Brain Anatomy (1.0 credit)
  • Elective

2nd Year – Neuroscience Track

Fall Semester

  • NSC 592 – Neuroscience Journal Club (1.0 credit)
  • NSC 503 – NSC Student Seminar (1.0 credit)
  • NSC 595 – Phd Research (variable credits)
  • Elective

*Data Analysis I (BCS 510) or Intro to Biostatistics (BST 463) can be added this semester for students not wishing to take BST 467 in the spring.

Spring Semester

  • NSC 592 – Neuroscience Journal Club (1.0 credit)
  • NSC 503 – NSC Student Seminar (1.0 credit)
  • NSC 581 – Teaching Tutorial In Nsc (3.0 credits)
  • NSC 595 – Phd Research (variable credits)
  • BST 467 – App Stats In The Biomed Sci (3.0 credits)
  • Elective

2nd Year – NBA Track

Fall Semester

  • ANA 526 – Human Structure and Function (16.0 credits)

OR

  • ANA 525 – Mind, Brain, Behavior (8.0 credits)
  • NSC 592 – Neuroscience Journal Club (1.0 credit)
  • NSC 503 – NSC Student Seminar (1.0 credit)
  • ANA 595 – Phd Research (variable credits)

Spring Semester

  • NSC 592 – Neuroscience Journal Club (1.0 credit)
  • NSC 503 – NSC Student Seminar (1.0 credit)
  • NSC 581 – Teaching Tutorial In Nsc (3.0 credits)
  • ANA 595 – Phd Research (variable credits)
  • Elective

NBA track students complete the statistics requirement (BST 467 or BCS 510) before the end of the 5th semester. They can fulfill the TA requirement (NSC 581) in the fall or spring of year 2 or 3.

After the 2nd Year

The initial focus during this time is on developing the hypotheses and experimental approaches that will define the student's thesis research. Students should complete a Preliminary Exam during the spring semester of the of the 2nd year. The exam must be started before April 1st and be completed by June 1st of the summer between years 2 and 3. The thesis proposal must be written and the Qualifying Examination taken BEFORE October 1st of the fifth semester of graduate study (i.e., fall semester in year 3). Successful completion of the Thesis Proposal/Qualifying Exam advances the student to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree.