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Neuroscience PhD at Wake Forest University at Wake Forest University


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For the first two years, students in the Neuroscience Program are required to take a series of courses that must be completed prior to submitting and defending a dissertation proposal. Once the proposal is successfully defended, students advance to candidacy and focus their effort on their thesis research. The first-year core courses provide a foundation in basic subjects, whereas the one second-year core course and other elective courses lead to specializations in distinct areas.

Year 1

Fall Semester

  • NEUR 701: Introduction to Neuroscience I (5)
  • NEUR 703: Seminars in Neuroscience (1)
  • NEUR 705: Tutorial in Neuroscience (0)
  • NEUR 707: Research (lab rotation) (0-9)
  • NEUR 741: Quantitative Methods Behavorial Science (2)
  • GRAD 713: Scientific Professionalism/Scientific Integrity (1)
  • Journal Club of choice (1)

Spring Semester

  • NEUR 702: Introduction to Neuroscience II (4)
  • NEUR 704: Seminars in Neuroscience (1)
  • NEUR 706: Tutorial in Neuroscience (0)
  • NEUR 708: Research (lab rotation) (0-9)
  • GRAD 714: Scientific Professionalism/Scientific Integrity (1)
  • GRAD 701: Introduction to Professional Development (1)
  • Journal Club of choice (1)

Summer Semester

  • NEUR 705: Summer Tutorial in Neuroscience (0)
  • NEUR 706: Research (lab rotation) (0-9)

*Each summer, first year students are required to attend the tutorials and to present a seminar on  research conducted during lab rotations.

Year 2

Fall Semester

  • Neuroscience Elective Course (3)
  • NEUR 771: Clinical Neuroscience (3)
  • NEUR 703: Seminars in Neuroscience (1)
  • NEUR 705: Tutorial in Neuroscience (0)
  • Scientific Outreach – GRAD 709 (1)
  • NEUR 707: Research (0-9)
  • Journal Club of choice (1)

Spring Semester

  • Neuroscience Elective Course (3)
  • NEUR 704: Seminars in Neuroscience (1)
  • NEUR 706: Tutorial in Neuroscience (0)
  • Scientific Outreach – GRAD 710 (1)
  • NEUR 708: Research (0-9)
  • Journal Club of choice (1)

Summer Semester

  • NEUR 705: Summer Tutorial in Neuroscience (0)
  • NEUR 707: Research (0-9)
  • Preparation and defense of thesis proposal

Year 3+

Fall and

  • NEUR 703: Seminars in Neuroscience (1)
  • NEUR 707: Research (0-9)
  • Journal Club of choice (1)

Spring Semesters

  • NEUR 704: Seminars in Neuroscience (1)
  • NEUR 708: Research (0-9)
  • Journal Club of choice (1)

Summer Semesters

  • NEUR 707: Research (0-9)

The Graduate School Bulletin includes further information about courses and degree requirements.