2nd-Year Curriculum

Second Year Core:

Second year courses can be taken from a series of electives, listed on the GPN web site under Course Descriptions.  This list of courses, while representative, is not exhaustive and is subject to change over time.  It is not guaranteed that these courses will be offered every year.  Students need to consult the Timetable and consult with the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) regarding the sequencing of courses.  Students are encouraged to work with their Thesis Advisors and the DGS for advice in planning their course of study.  It is expected that students take at least three courses in their area of research specialization, but every effort will be made to provide a flexible curricular experience for all students.

In the second year, it is recommended that students take two modules of Research Methods (GCLS 504 and GCLS 505) or other methods-based courses (see list below) for at least 2 credit hours which will count toward their total elective credit.

GCLS 504 Research Methods I, First Semester –

  • Module I – Separation Methods (Chromatography, Electrophoresis, Mass Spectrometry)
  • Module II – Molecular Biology Techniques and Discovery Bioinformatics
  • Module III – Spectroscopic and Structural Biology Methods

GCLS 505 Research Methods II, Second Semester –

  • Module IV – Cell Physiology and Imaging Methods
  • Module V – Advanced Molecular Genetics Methods
  • Module VI – Biochemical and Chemical Methods
  • Module VII – Immunological Methods

Other courses that can fulfill these recommendations include:

  • BioS 489 Cellular Neurobiology Laboratory
  • NEUS 582             Methods in Modern Neuroscience
  • NEUS 588 Human Neuroscience: Functional MR Imaging
  • 400-level courses in Bioengineering

Students will be required to take a statistics course that is appropriate for their research concentration and dissertation work.  Courses appropriate to specific programs of study such as Bioengineering or Psychology can be recommended in consultation with the Thesis Advisor and the DGS.  Appropriate courses include:

  • NEUS 444 Data Literacy in Neuroscience
  • BioE 439             Biostatistics II
  • PSCH 443             Advanced Statistics
  • STAT 411             Statistical Theory

Students who do not have a background in statistics may be asked to take either PSCH 343 or STAT 381 prior to taking an advanced  course.  No Graduate credit will be given for these 300 level courses – a 400 level statistical course will still be required.

Each semester, students will be required to register for and participate in NEUS 595, Neuroscience Journal Club.  This seminar will allow Neuroscience students to come together as a group on a weekly basis to listen to and interact with invited speakers as well as to present and lead discussions on timely research topics.  A grade of satisfactory/unsatisfactory will be given.

Students will also be expected to register and participate in 0 credit hour courses in research ethics (GC 401) and the use of animals in research (GC 470) as required by the Graduate College and the National Institutes of Health.

Starting in their second year, students will register for NEUS 599, thesis research, to complete the 96 required credit hours.