Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

PhD Programs
Curriculum


Core Curriculum

Note: Credits for the 910, 920 and 930 Research courses and Electives are variable. Assign credits to Research and/or Electives to equal the target number of credits for each semester.

Year One

Fall Semester (20 Credits)
Course Title Credits
GC 550 Foundations in Biomedical Sciences 10
NS 601 Profiles in Neuroscience Research 1
NS 610 Research Rotation 1
NS 616 Journal Club 1
NS 710 Seminar Series 1
NS 910 Research Variable
Spring Semesters (30 Credits)
COURSE TITLE SEMESTER CREDITS
NS 700 Cellular Neurophysiology Spring I 4
GC 640 Research Ethics Spring I 1
NS 620 Research Rotation Spring I 1
NS 626 Journal Club Spring I 1
NS 720 Seminar Series Spring I 1
GC 730 Grant Writing  Spring II
NS 715 Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience Spring II 3
Elective Spring II Variable
NS 630 Research Rotation Spring II 3
NS 636 Journal Club Spring II 1
NS 730 Seminar Series Spring II 1
NS 920 Research Spring I - Spring II Variable
Summer Semester (10 Credits)
COURSE TITLE CREDITS
NS 930 Research Variable

Year Two

Fall Semester (20 Credits)
Course Title Credits
Elective(s) Variable
NS 616 Journal Club 1
NS 710 Seminar Series 1
NS 910 Research Variable
Spring Semesters (30 Credits)
COURSE TITLE SEMESTER CREDITS
NS 690 Neuropharmacology Spring I 3
Elective(s) Spring I Variable
NS 626 Journal Club Spring I 1
NS 720 Seminar Series Spring I 1
NS 740 Applied Statistics in Neuroscience Spring II 2
NS 530 Neuroanatomy Spring II 4
Elective(s) Spring II Variable
NS 636 Journal Club Spring II 1
NS 730 Seminar Series Spring II 1
GC 730 Grant Writing Spring II 1
NS 920 Research Spring I - Spring II Variable
Summer Semester (10 Credits)
COURSE TITLE CREDITS
Elective Variable
NS 930 Research Variable

Curriculum Resources

Typical Coursework for PhD Students (PDF)
A description of the typical courses and credit amounts taken by GPN PhD students. 

Typical Coursework for MD/PhD Students (PDF)
A description of the typical courses and credit amounts taken by GPN MD/PhD students. 

Program Structure

Year One

  • Take introductory biomedical and neuroscience classes
  • Explore labs through Profiles in Neuroscience class, Journal Club and research rotations

Year Two

  • Finish coursework and rotations
  • Join a thesis lab and begin to develop a project
  • Take comprehensive qualifying exams (written and oral) during the summer

Years 3+

  • Continue thesis research while working with mentor and thesis committee

Final Year

  • Wrap up thesis project
  • Write and defend thesis
  • Graduate