Neurosciences: Curriculum

The program is preceptor-based. The study and research schedule outlined below should be completed within four to five years of full-time study beyond the bachelor's degree. The minimal residence requirement established by The Graduate College, which is eight quarters of full-time enrollment of at least 12 credit hours per quarter, is followed. During the first two years, students are expected to complete required coursework (and any deficiencies). First year required courses consist of The Graduate College Core curriculum courses, the Rush Medical College Medical Neurobiology (NEU-502) course and Introduction to Physiology/ Pharmacology (PHR-504). Graduate students are expected to receive a grade of at least "B" in these courses. In the fall quarter of the second year of study, all students are required to enroll in and pass a statistics and experimental design course (NEU-544). During the first two years of study, students rotate through various laboratories involved in the program and learn certain techniques commonly in use in neuroscience laboratories. The requirement is mastery of four techniques outside any of those used by the student in his/her research. The major required course in the second year of study is an Advanced Neuroscience Proseminar (NEU-591) taught jointly by participating faculty. A seminar format is used that encourages extensive discussion and student participation. A course titled “Selected Topics in Neuroscience” (NEU-690) is available to advanced students (in their third or fourth year of residence) for credit. The offerings in this course change from year to year depending on demand and interest, and the course is taught by different faculty members. In addition to coursework, students are encouraged to participate in and carry out independent research in their first two years of residence.

Required courses in the first two years of study are:

Year 1

Course

QH

Fall Quarter

 

 

GCC-501

Molecular Biology: Genome to Proteome

3

GCC-502

Cellular Biochemistry: Proteins, Transport and Signaling

3

GCC-511

Readings in Molecular Biology

1

GCC-512

Readings in Cellular Biology

1

NEU-598

Pre-dissertation Research

2-12

 

 

 

Winter Quarter

 

 

GCC-503

Functional Cell Biology

2

GCC-504

Functional Tissue Biology

3

GCC-506

Biomedical Ethics

1

GCC-513

Readings in Functional Cell Biology

1

GCC-514

Readings in Functional Tissues Biology

1

NEU-598

Pre-dissertation Research

 

PHR-504

Introduction to Physiology/Pharmacology

3

 

 

 

Spring Quarter

 

 

GCC-507

Medical Research Strategies

2

GCC-508

Writing Practicum

2

NEU-502

Medical Neurobiology

6

NEU-598

Pre-dissertation Research

2-12

 

 

 

Summer Quarter

 

 

NEU-511

Techniques in Neuroscience

2

NEU-598

Pre-dissertation Research

2-12

 

 

 

Year 2

 

 

Fall Quarter

 

 

NEU-511

Techniques in Neuroscience

2

NEU-544

Statistics and Experimental Design for Neuroscience

4

NEU-591

Advanced Neuroscience Proseminar

6

NEU-598

Pre-dissertation Research

2-12

 

 

 

Winter Quarter

 

 

NEU-511

Techniques in Neuroscience

2

NEU-591

Advanced Neuroscience Proseminar

6

NEU-598

Pre-dissertation Research

2-12

 

 

 

Spring Quarter

 

 

NEU-511

Techniques in Neuroscience

2

NEU-591

Advanced Neuroscience Proseminar

6

NEU-598

Pre-dissertation Research

2-12

 

 

 

Summer Quarter

 

 

NEU-591

Advanced Neuroscience Proseminar

6

NEU-598

Pre-dissertation Research

2-12