Required, 1st Year

The following required courses are taken in the first year of study.

Core Courses in Neuroscience Fall and Spring NSCI501 & NSCI503

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. 
NSCI501 Syllabus 
NSCI503 Syllabus

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. It meets Wednesdays 9-10am.

Neuroscience Recitation Fall and Spring NSCI511 & NSCI513

This is a recitation providing a continuous narrative and review of material paralleling NSCI-501 & 503. The class needs to be taken by all students enrolled in NSCI-501 & 503. Meets Fridays, 9-10am.
NSCI511 Syllabus 2016 

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.   Schedule is on Blackboard.

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.Meets alternate Wednesdays, 3-5pm.


Structural and functional human neuroanatomy for understanding normal brain connectivity and alterations in disease states. Meets on Tuesday evenings from 5-8 pm. 

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. Meets Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30pm.


Other requirements

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 Neuroscience Seminar Series consists of formal presentations by invited speakers and faculty in the program.  Additionally, Neurolunch, the Monday 12-1 seminars by IPN students are attended by all students.