Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Doctoral students are required to complete 37 credits, including 12 credits of NACS899Specific course requirements include two core courses--a scientific ethics course and a foundational readings course--and three out of five core courses from among introduction to neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, computational neuroscience, cellular and molecular neuroscience, and cognitive science. Non-course requirements include completing a First Year Research Project, pass the Qualifying Exam, submit a Dissertation Proposal, and pass the Ph.D. Defense.

A qualifying examination is given at the beginning of the third year to ensure that all students have a core knowledge of basic neuroscience and cognitive science and know how to apply it to their own research area, and that each student has the knowledge and skills necessary to develop a dissertation proposal. 

Effective Spring 2021: Students are admitted to candidacy upon passing the Qualifying Exam. By the end of their fourth year, students formally present their dissertation proposal. The dissertation is normally completed within one year of the proposal defense, and within five years of entering the program.

Course Title Credits
NACS600Ethics in Scientific Research2
NACS640Foundational Readings Seminar2
Select 9 credits of Supplemental Courses9
Select three courses, with at least one in each area:12
Cognitive Area:
Cognitive Neuroscience
Cognitive Science
Neuroscience Area:
Introduction to Neurosciences
Computational Neuroscience
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
Dissertation Research Requirements
NACS899Doctoral Dissertation Research12
Total Credits37