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GIDP in Neuroscience
Guide to Neuroscience (NRSC) Curriculum

NRSC Student Advisory Committee
Dr. Andrew Fuglevand  (fuglevan@email.arizona.edu; 621-6983)
Dr. Erika Eggers  (eeggers@email.arizona.edu; 626-7137)

A. Overview

Year 1

  • Complete core curriculum, take some elective and minor courses.
  • Complete research rotations
  • By the end of the year:
    • Select a mentor
    • Select committee members
    • Schedule first committee meeting

Year 2

  • Complete all course work
  • Fulfill teaching requirement
  • Select comprehensive exam committee members
  • By the end of year 2, initiate comprehensive exam to achieve “Advanced Candidacy” (passed both exams) before fall of year 3

Years 3-5

  • Meet at least annually with thesis committee
  • Complete dissertation proposal in year 3, the latest
  • Complete dissertation work in subsequent years 3-5
  • Write dissertation and defend thesis no later than by the end of year 5

B. Required credits

The Graduate College requires at least 72 units of graduate work, including major and minor coursework, rotation research (NRSC 700) and dissertation research (NRSC 920). The combination of major and minor coursework must total a minimum of 36 units; at least half of these units must be taken for letter grades.

  • 36 units are required to become eligible for taking the comprehensive exam

9 units

Neuroscience core courses (NRSC 560 and 588)

5-6

Statistics and Communication/Ethics courses

2

Neuroscience Colloquium (NRSC 695F)

4-6

Research rotations (NRSC 700)

3-6

Neuroscience elective courses (see table 2)

9

Minor courses

≥ 36 units

(at least half of the units must be taken for a letter grade)

  • Another ~36 additional units are typically required to graduate (after reaching Advanced Candidacy). These can be derived from:
    • NRSC 900 Research (additional research rotation)
    • NRSC 920 Dissertation research
    • NRSC 930 Supplemental registration
    • NRSC 599/699 Independent study
  • A total of 72 units is required for graduation
  • Students must take a minimum of 12 units in each semester to meet minimum enrollment requirements.

NRSC students are expected to maintain an overall grade-point average of at least 3.0 (B) and to have no more than a total of 2 grades of C; failure to achieve such a record can result in conversion to non-degree status and dismissal from the program at any time.

C. Required courses (Table 1)

Every student must carry at least 12 units of graduate course work in each fall and spring semester in order to remain in good standing in the NRSC Program.

Students must achieve a grade of B or better in each of the core courses; failure to achieve a grade of B or better will result in dismissal from the Program and conversion to non-degree status.

Core curriculum courses are NRSC 560, NRSC 588, two semesters of NRSC 695F, one Statistics course, one Communications & Ethics course, and two research rotations (see below).

At least two research rotations (NRSC 700) must be completed in two different laboratories. One unit of credit represents three hours of work per week (48 hours/semester per unit). A total of 4-6 units is recommended (as full semesters, half semesters, or a combination).

TABLE 1: Core Coursework.

Semester

Course

Units

Faculty coordinator

Fall core

*NRSC 588 Cell & Mol Neurobiology

4

Zinsmaier

*NRSC 700 Research rotation

2-4

NRSC faculty

*NRSC 695F Neuroscience Colloquium

2

Zinsmaier

(NRSC elective or minor course to reach total ≥ 12 units per semester)

varies

faculty

Spring core

*NRSC 560 Systems Neurobiology

5

Fuglevand

*NRSC 695f Neuroscience Colloquium

2

Zinsmaier

*NRSC 700 Research rotation

2-3

NRSC faculty

(NRSC elective or minor course to reach total ≥ 12 units per semester)

varies

faculty

Ethics –

OR

OR

NRSC 701 Commun in Neurosci (or equivalent) -and-NRSC 695e Science, Society & Ethics

2 + 1

TBA (check availability) Burd (spring)

PHCL 595B – Scientific Writing Strategies, Skills & Ethics

2

Stamer (fall)

SLHS 649 – Survival Skills and Ethics

3

Hoit (spring)

Statistics

See list below for options

3-4

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indicates required core courses; 
# indicates core courses of which ONE must be selected

Statistics courses

At least two units of statistics are required. Students may choose from the list below, or request the NRSC Graduate Advisory Committee to have an equivalent course considered for meeting the requirement.

Table 2: Statistic courses

 

Courses in statistics

Units and semester offered

EPID 576A

Biostatistics for Public Health

3 units, fall and spring

EPID 576B

Biostatistics for Research

3 units, spring

PSYC 507A *

Research Design & Analysis of Variance

3 units fall and spring

PSYC 507B *

Statistical Methods in Psychological Research

3 units, spring

PSYC 507C *

Research Design & Analysis of Variance

3 units, spring

ENTO 613/ RNR 613

Applied Biostatistics

4 units, spring

other stats course

by approval of the NRSC Program Graduate Advisor

3-4 units

 

* request instructor approval for enrollment

Teaching

Because teaching is an important element in academic careers in Neuroscience, supervised experience in university-level teaching is considered essential. Each student is therefore required to serve as a Teaching Assistant for at least one semester during the first 2 years.

Registration information

Schedule of classes: see, UAccess website
On-line course registration: see, UAccess website

D. Neuroscience elective courses

Elective and required courses (Table 2) must add up to a minimum of 36 units (not including dissertation research and independent study). At least half of the 36 units must be taken for a letter grade (not pass/fail).

Additional courses of interest that are not listed in Table 2 can be accepted after confirmation with the student's Advisory Committee or the Graduate Advisor. The U of A Graduate College now discourages cross-listing of classes, hence some of the courses listed in the table below do not carry the 'NRSC' prefix. Irrespective of the prefix, all these courses will be accepted as Neuroscience electives. Some courses are listed twice as they may cover more than one 'theme' (e.g. Systems and Computational Neuroscience).

Table 3. Coursework for the Neuroscience electives can be taken from any themes. Specific courses selected to fulfill the core requirements cannot also be counted as electives.

Theme

 

Course #

Title

Units

Instructor

Developm.

 

CBA556

Developmental Biology

3

Antin

Systems

fall

P506

Neural Encoding, Memory & Computation

3

Fellous

Systems

spring

NRSC564

Neurophysiology: Sensorimotor Perspective

3

Fuglevand

Systems

 

PSIO595M

Assignment in Motor Control

1

Rankin

Systems

fall

PSYC 504

Human Brain-Behavior Relationships

3

Ryan

Systems

 

PSIO 620

Introduction to Systems Neurophysiology

2

Levine

Systems

fall

PSIO595G

Muscle Biology

2

Rankin

Systems

spring

PSIO 603

Human Physiology

8

Lynch, Gothard, Fregosi et al.

Anatomy

spring

NRSC 502

Principles of Neuroanatomy

4

Ryan

Anatomy

spring

NRSC 597H

Neuroanatomy Lab (optional)

1

Ryan

Mol&Cell

fall

PHCL 620

Principles of Pharmacology

3

Sloviter

Mol&Cell

fall

PSIO 503

Cellular & Molecular Physiol

5

Simon

Mol&Cell

fall

GENE533

Human Genetics

3

Brilliant

Mol&Cell

fall

GENE539

Methods Cell Biol. & Genomics

3

Galbraith/Pala

Mol&Cell

spring

CBA 577

Principles of Cell Biology

4

Gordon

Mol&Cell

fall/spr

NRSC695D

Human Genetic Disease Colloq.

3

Restifo

Behavior

fall/spr

NRSC 596E*

Biopsychology

3

Figueredo Gothard

Behavior

fall

ECOL587R

Animal Behavior

3

Papaj

Behavior

fall

ECOL587L

Animal Behavior Lab

1

Papaj

Behavior

 

Ecol596V

Topics in Behavior and Cognition

3

Dornhaus

Behavior.

spring

ECE/BME/N RSC 525

Reverse-Engineering the Fly: From Physiol. to Computational

 Models

3

Higgins

Behavior

spring

Chem 536

Science & Ethics of modifying human behavior

3

Hruby

Medical

fall

PSYC 524

Gerontology: A Multidisciplinary Perspective

3

Barnes

Medical

spring

NRSC502

Principles of Neuroanatomy

4

Ryan

Medical

spring

NRSC597H

Neuroanatomy Lab

1

Ryan

Medical

fall/spr

NRSC695D

Human Genetic Disease Colloq.

3

Restifo

Medical

fall

PSIO595G

Muscle Biology

2

Rankin

Cognitive

fall/spr

PSYC501a

Princip. Psychophysiology

3

Allen

Cognitive

fall/spr

PSYC501b

Psychophysiology Laboratory

3

Allen

Cognitive

 

PSYC520

Cognit. Neurosci. of Hearing

3

Lotto

Computat.

spring

PSYC596L

Intro. Neural Data Analysis

3

Fellous

Computat.

fall

PSYC503C

Introd. Computational Neurosci.

3

Fellous

Computat.

spring

ECE/BME/N RSC 525

Reverse-Engineering the Fly: From Physiology to Computat. Models

3

Higgins

Computat.

fall

PSIO572

Quant. Modeling of Biol. Systems

3

Secomb/Bergevin

General

fall/spr

CBA579

Art of Scientific Discovery

3

Gordon

General

fall

CBA565A

Fundamentals of Light Microsc. and Electronic Imaging

3

Elliot

 

Students and faculty are welcome to consult with the Graduate Student Advisor to determine whether neuroscience-related courses that are not listed might be acceptable as electives.

E. Minor coursework for Neuroscience students (at least 9 units are required)

Predoctoral students can pursue a minor in any established program, as determined by the guidelines of the respective program. Alternatively, the student may choose the “Distributed Minor in Neuroscience” option that offers a flexible curriculum tailored to the student’s interests.

The minor should be selected in consultation with the dissertation advisor and must be approved by the NRSC Graduate Advisory Committee. Contact the NRSC Program Coordinator for a “Statement of Minor” form to submit for review and approval.

Examples of established programs for consideration include: Cell Biology & Anatomy, Biochemistry, Cognitive Science, Entomology, Genetics, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Medical Pharmacology, Physiological Sciences, Psychology, Speech & Hearing Sciences, and others.

 

F. Minor in Neuroscience for graduate students in other programs (at least 9 units are required) 
The minor in Neuroscience requires:

  • passing one of the core course NRSC 560 OR 588 (4 or 5 units)
  • and 4-5 additional units in courses that are cross-listed in NRSC. The NRSC Colloquium course NRSC 695f is valid for the minor.

Contact the NRSC Program Coordinator for a Neuroscience Minor application form or visit the Neuroscience website here.

The provided information may be subject to change with reasonable advance notice, as deemed appropriate by the Executive Committee of the Neuroscience GIDP.

 

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