The following required courses are taken in the first year of study.
The one-year series of Core Courses in Neuroscience is designed to introduce basic concepts and experimental strategies used to achieve our current awareness of the structure and function of the nervous system. This class meets M W F 10am-noon.
Neuroscience Critical Readings Fall and Spring NSCI507
In this class, students participate in the discussion and critical analysis of the current research literature. It is designed to complement the core course and is required for all students enrolled in NSCI501 and NSCI503. Please check the syllabus, usually meeting day and time is Wednesday from 9-9:50am.
Neuroscience Survey Fall NSCI505
In this course, students are introduced to ongoing research in the laboratories of the Neuroscience Graduate Faculty and the generation, submission, and revision of grants are discussed. The schedule is on Canvas. This course meets on Fridays from 3-5pm.
Neurobiology of Disease Fall NSCI533
This class ties the molecular/cellular/systems neuroscience presented in the core courses to clinically relevant diseases of the nervous system. This class meets on Wednesdays from 4-5:40pm.
Survival Skills and Ethics Spring NSCI532
This class involves discussions between students and faculty about ethical issues in the conduct of biomedical research. It also seeks to provide students with skills important to success as a scientist. This class meets Wednesdays, 4:45-6:45pm.
Organization of the Nervous System NSCI543
Structural and functional human neuroanatomy for understanding normal brain connectivity and alterations in disease states. Schedule and meeting times can be found on Canvas. This course starts on April 9, 2019 and ends on May 16, 2019. It meets on Wednesdays from 12:30-3:30pm.
Statistics (required): all students must fulfill a biostats requirement. Because students enter the IPN with different backgrounds in statistics, data analysis, and experimental design and, because students have different needs for statistics depending on the direction of their research problem, students should consult the curriculum committee to identify appropriate courses. No specific didactic course requirements beyond the core neuroscience courses are dictated by our curriculum in order to allow students maximum flexibility in tailoring their training to their individual background, needs, and interests. Statistics courses are usually taken in the second year. See electives for course descriptions.
Additionally, it is expected that all students will attend and participate in the ongoing Journal Club and Seminar series. Seminars are Tuesdays 12-1pm. The Journal Club gives students the opportunity to meet with and discuss a manuscript of the seminar speaker. The Seminar Series consists of formal presentations by invited speakers and faculty in the program. Additionally, the Student Seminar Series (Friday's 12-1) are seminars given by IPN students and are attended by all students.