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(Please note that when conferring University Graduate School degrees, minors, certificates, and sub-plans, The University Graduate School’s staff use those requirements contained only in The University Graduate School Bulletin.)



Degree Offered

Doctor of Philosophy

Special Program Requirements

(See also general University Graduate School requirements.)

Doctor of Philosophy Degree

The program leading to the Ph.D. degree is designed to give students the opportunity to develop the technical skills and conceptual frame work necessary for a successful research career in neuroscience. Research should be viewed as the stu­dent’s greatest challenge and the major focus of the student’s energy. Training in behavioral or systems neuroscience is em­phasized through research participation with core faculty in the Departments of Biology, Computer Science, Kinesiology, Medi­cal Sciences, Physics, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Speech and Hearing Sciences, and Visual Sciences (Optometry). Students can also draw upon course offerings through the Center for the Integra­tive Study of Animal Behavior, the Cognitive Science Program, as well as the Department of Chemistry.

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate education that includes an adequate back­ground in chemistry, mathematics, and the biological and behavioral sciences are urged to apply. Students with under­graduate concentrations in other areas of the natural sciences, computer science, or engineering also are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to applicants with a background in laboratory research and with strong letters of recommenda­tion. Applications must include a complete entrance form, three letters of recommendation, scores on the Graduate Re­cord Examination (GRE), and the undergraduate transcript. Transcripts should be mailed to the Program in Neuroscience, Graduate Admissions, 1101 E. 10th St., Bloomington, IN 47405-7007. At least one score on the current GRE scale should be 160 or above (this corresponds to 600 on the old scale); School Code: 1324; Department Code: 0213. If your native language is not English, you are required to demonstrate your level of English proficiency by taking the TOEFL and submitting your scores. A minimum TOEFL of 600 (paper-based test), 250 (computer-based test) or 100 (TOEFL Internet-based test) is needed for admission. The deadline for domestic applicants is January 1 and the International Applicant deadline is December 1. The Program in Neuroscience accepts students for the fall semester only. Students are admitted to the program only with the approval of the program graduate admissions committee.

Course Requirements

A total of 90 credit hours, including dissertation, is required for the Ph.D. An individual program of study is planned for each student in consultation with the student’s advisory committee. The aim is to provide each student with a solid background in neuroscience as well as the training necessary to supplement the student’s particular research area. Course work consists of N500 and N501 (a one-year core sequence in neuroscience), which must be completed by the fifth semester of residence, and selections totaling at least 14 credit hours from offerings listed by the Program in Neuroscience or cross-listed with other departments, divisions, or special programs. In addition, all doctoral students are required to complete six semesters of N650, a research seminar. Course work must be completed with an average of B+ (3.3) or above. No grades below B– (2.7) may be counted toward degree requirements.

Advisory Committee

Chosen in consultation with the student, the student’s research advisor, and the program director. The committee consists of at least three members of the Graduate Faculty who review the student’s performance on a regular basis and provide feedback and guidance.

Qualifying Examination

To remain in good standing and be admitted to doctoral candi­dacy, students must pass a written and oral examination before the end of their fifth semester in residence. Students with a double major may request one additional year before they take the qualifying examination. Students failing the qualifying examination twice will be dismissed from the program.

Final Examination

In addition to the oral defense of the dissertation before the research committee, a public research seminar is required.

Ph.D. Minor in Neural Science

Students in other departments and programs who elect to minor in the Program in Neuroscience must complete the N500-N501 core sequence and at least 6 credit hours of graduate course work selected from the offerings listed by the Program in Neurosci­ence or cross-listed with other departments. A grade of B (3.0) or higher in each course is required.

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