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Neuroscience, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Bigbee, Dr. John W.
Graduate Program Director
jbigbee@vcu.edu
(804) 828-0948

Web:
www.vcu.edu/neurograd/

Admission requirements summary

Neuroscience, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Degree:

Ph.D.
Semester(s)
of entry:

Fall preferred
Deadline
dates:

Apr 15
Applications received prior to Dec 17 given priority consideration
Test
requirements:

GRE or MCAT

The doctoral program in neuroscience at VCU is an interdepartmental, integrated curriculum for graduate study leading to the Ph.D. degree in neuroscience. The program offers flexibility for students to train in a laboratory chosen among neuroscience faculty members in multiple departments who are exploring the fields of molecular, cellular, developmental, systems, behavioral and clinical neuroscience. The curriculum consists of a set of core courses and electives that are customized for each student to best complement their individual research interests. The program provides students with a core of knowledge of the basic structure and function of the central nervous system, while allowing maximum flexibility in the choice of advisers, electives and areas of research specialization. The neuroscience Ph.D. program prepares students to teach in the neuroscience disciplines at a university or academic health center, and is distinguished by its objective to prepare the student to function as an independent scientific research investigator.

Applications for the program should be submitted to the Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Portal – School of Medicine-PhD selected from the drop-down menu of programs on the VCU online application form.

Student learning outcomes

Curriculum
Course plan for full-time student

  Credits
Fall 1  
BIOC/MICR 503 Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology 5
IBMS 600 Laboratory Safety 1
IBMS 610 Laboratory Opportunities 0.5
IBMS 620 Laboratory Rotations 2
IBMS 630 Critical Thinking or
BIOC 691 Special Topics in Biochemistry (critical thinking)
1
NEUS 609 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience 4
NEUS 690 Neuroscience Research Seminar or
IBMS 690 Basic Health Sciences Research Seminar
1
   
Spring 1  
ANAT 610 Systems Neuroscience 4
BIOC/MICR 504 Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology 5
IBMS 620 Laboratory Rotations 2
IBMS 630 Critical Thinking or
BIOC 691 Special Topics in Biochemistry (critical thinking)
1
NEUS 690 Neuroscience Research Seminar or
IBMS 690 Basic Health Sciences Research Seminar
1
   
Summer 1  
Directed research with thesis adviser 6
   
Fall 2  
ANAT 630 Research Presentations 1
NEUS 690 Neuroscience Seminar 1
OVPR 601 Scientific Integrity 1
Advanced electives  
Research credits  
   
Spring 2  
ANAT 615 Techniques in Neuroscience and Cell Biology 2
ANAT 620 Scientific Writing and Grantsmanship 2
ANAT 630 Research Presentations 1
IBMS 680 Proposal Preparation 1
NEUS 690 Neuroscience Research Seminar 1
Advanced elective  
Research credits  
   
Years 3-5 Completion of dissertation research; each semester student registers for:  
ANAT 630 Research Presentations 1
NEUS 690 Neuroscience Research Seminar 1
Directed research  

 

 

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