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Medical Neurobiology

Director: Professor Simon

Graduate Advisor: Professor J. R. Simon, Institute of Psychiatric Research 112, (317) 274-4730

Degrees Offered: Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy

Special Program Requirements
Master of Science
Doctor of Philosophy

Special Program Requirements

(See also general University Graduate School requirements.)

Admission Requirements
Bachelor's degree in chemistry, biological sciences, physics, mathematics, or psychology, which includes courses in general chemistry (8 credit hours), organic chemistry (8 credit hours), physics (4 credit hours), biological sciences (8 credit hours), and mathematics through calculus. Promising students may be accepted even though certain undergraduate prerequisites may be lacking, but must remove deficiencies during the first year of graduate study. The Graduate Record Examination General Test results must be available before applicants are considered for admission.

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Master of Science

Course Requirements
At least 30 credit hours, including at least 17 credit hours of approved courses and at least 6 credit hours of research.


Final Examination
Comprehensive oral examination.

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Doctor of Philosophy

Course Requirements
A total of 90 credit hours, including dissertation. A minimum of 36 credit hours must be in course work, the remainder in research. Core courses include N801 Seminar (1 cr.), N802 Techniques of Effective Grant Writing (3 cr.), D527 Neuroanatomy (3 cr.), 615 Behavioral Neuroscience (3 cr.), 571 Developmental Neurobiology (3 cr.) or D888 Developmental and Molecular Neurobiology (3 cr.), a two-semester course dealing with fundamentals in neuroscience, and a course dealing with translational neuroscience. Additional appropriate courses will be accepted for credit toward the major with prior approval of the student's advisory committee (see below).

Must be taken in one of the basic medical sciences associated with the Medical Neurobiology Program.

Final Examination
Oral defense of dissertation.

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N800 Research in Medical Neurobiology (1-12 cr.) P: consent of instructor with whom research is being done. Supervised literature and laboratory research in selected area(s) of medical neurobiology.

N801 Seminar —Topics in Medical Neurobiology (1 cr.) Required of all graduate students in program. Recent topics in medical neurobiology covered by literature and research reports and discussions by faculty, graduate students, and invited guest lecturers.

N802 Techniques of Effective Grant Writing (3 cr.)


D526 Methods in Cell and Neurobiology (4 cr.)

D527 Neuroanatomy (3 cr.)

D875 Topics in Advanced Neuroanatomy (2-5 cr.)

D876 Neurotransmitter and Neuroendocrine Cytology and Anatomy (3 cr.)

D888 Development and Molecular Neurobiology (3 cr.)


B500 Introductory Biochemistry (3 cr.)

B836 Advanced Topics in Neurochemistry (2 cr.)

G865 Fundamentals of Molecular Biology (3 cr.)


564 Molecular Genetics and Development (3 cr.)

571 Developmental Neurobiology (3 cr.)

697 Ion Transport Defect and Disease (3 cr.)

Biomedical Engineering

595 Experimental Methods in Biomedical Engineering (3 cr.)


526 Principals of Mathematical Modeling (3 cr.)

537 Applied Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers 1 (3 cr.)


590 Behavior Genetics and Animal Models/Drugs of Abuse (3 cr.)

615 Behavioral Neuroscience (3 cr.)

1544 Psychobiology of Motivation and Reward (3 cr.)

1545 Psychopharmacology (3 cr.)

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