Students will describe the current state of the discipline in their area of specialization as well as foundational theories, concepts and practices of the field. Students will add new knowledge to their field through designing and conducting experimental procedures, analyzing the collected data, and determining how the new knowledge fits in with current understanding.
Critically read current literature in the discipline and make effective oral and written presentations.
Successfully apply the scientific method by generating a hypothesis, testing the hypothesis through personal research that includes appropriate controls, and formulating defensable conclusions.
Work independently and think for oneself.
A sound understanding of current concepts in neuroscience is the purpose of this MS degree program. The thesis research project teaches the fundamentals of scientific inquiry and trains students in state-of-the-art research techniques. Submission of the thesis to a peer-reviewed journal is encouraged but not required.
Requirements for Degree
- Credit hours (30): minimum 24 approved course work hours plus 6 thesis hours (Neuro 699R).
- Required courses: Bio 503 (1 hour); Neuro 601 (3 hours), 649R (2 hours), 694R (2 hours), 696R (2 hours); Stat 511 or equivalent (3 hours).
- A seminar must be presented each year (PDBio694R)
- Thesis: standard university thesis format or journal publication format.
- Examinations: (A) course work oral examination; (B) oral defense of thesis.
Feb 01 (priority)
May 01 (final deadline)
Those wishing priority consideration for Fall admission must submit by February 1.Required Tests: GRE, MCAT, or DAT