General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30
|NSCI 5001||Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience||3|
|NSCI 5016||Professional Development in Neuroscience||3|
|NSCI 9381||Readings in Neuroscience||3|
|PSY 5003||Advanced Statistics||3|
|PSY 8712||Core Course in Behavioral Neuroscience||3|
|NSCI 9991||Directed Research||6|
|Total Credit Hours||30|
Students may select any elective relevant to their area of interest or specialization with approval from the Program Director.
Students are required to work on a master’s project over both terms in their second year of the program. The purpose of the project is not only to train students in specific neuroscientific techniques, but also how to develop a scientific and analytical approach toward a problem, formulate clear research questions, conduct experiments, and analyze/interpret data. Depending on their career goals, students may opt to engage either in a laboratory-based research project or in a non-laboratory project.
Students who are motivated to join a doctoral program or are interested in a research position gain by working independently on a neuroscientific investigation under the supervision of a faculty member who maintains an active neuroscience research program. On the other hand, students who are not intending to engage in bench-level research upon graduation and are interested in non-research jobs, such as counseling, research administration, public policy, and teaching, may choose to engage in a non-laboratory project of a similar scope. This may include activities such as conducting a literature review on a topic and presenting it to an audience, drafting a scope of work for a grant funding agency, or preparing a consulting proposal for a prospective client.