Neuroscience

College

  • Center City Campus
  • College of Life Sciences

Degree Earned

  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctorate

Program Length

4-5 years

Program Type

  • On Campus

Prerequisites

BA/BS | See More

Contact Information

Program

Name: Kyunghee Koh, PhD
Position: Co-Director, Neuroscience Graduate Program, Department of Neuroscience
Telephone: 215-503-9238

Program

Name: Angelo Lepore, PhD
Position: Co-Director, Neuroscience Graduate Program, Department of Neuroscience

900 Walnut Street, Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Telephone: 215-503-4200

Admissions

Telephone: 215-951-2800

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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.

Fall Semester (20 Credits)
Course Title Credits
GC 550 Foundations in Biomedical Sciences 10
GC 760 PhD Laboratory Rotation       3
NS 601 Profiles in Neuroscience Research 1
NS 616 Journal Club 1
NS 710 Seminar Series 1
NS 910 Research Variable
Winter Semester (10 Credits)
Course Title Credits
NS 940 Research Variable
Spring Semesters (30 Credits)
Course Title Credits
GC 640 Research Ethics       1
GC 770/780 PhD Laboratory Rotation       3
NS 626 Journal Club 1
NS 700 Cellular Neurophysiology      4
NS 715 Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience       3
NS 720 Seminar Series 1
Elective Variable
NS 920 Research Variable
Summer Semester (10 Credits)
Course Title Credits
NS 930 Research Variable

Fall Semester (20 Credits)
Course Title Credits
Elective(s) Variable
NS 530 Neuroanatomy      4
NS 616 Journal Club 1
NS 710 Seminar Series 1
NS 910 Research Variable
Winter Semester (10 Credits)
Course Title Credits
NS 940 Research Variable
Spring Semesters (30 Credits)
Course Title Credits
GC 730 Planning & Writing a Research Grant      1
Elective(s) Variable
NS 690 Neuropharmacology 3
NS 626 Journal Club 1
NS 720 Seminar Series 1
NS 740 Applied Statistics in Neuroscience 2
NS 920 Research Variable
Summer Semester (10 Credits)
Course Title Credits
Elective Variable
NS 930 Research Variable

Fall Semester (20 Credits)
Course Title Credits
GC 640 Research Ehics    1
NS 601 Profiles in Neuroscience    1
NS 616 Journal Club    1
NS 710 Seminar    1
NS 910 Research    10
Winter Semester (10 Credits)
Course Title Credits
NS 940 Research  Variable
Spring Semesters (30 Credits)
Course Title Credits
GC 730 Planning & Writing a Research Grant     1
NS 700 Cellular Neurophysiology     4
NS 715 Molecular Cellular Neuroscience     3
NS 740 Applied Statistics     2
NS 626 Journal Club     1
NS 720 Seminar     1
NS 920 Research  Variable
NS 745 Advanced Topics in Neurodegenerative Diseases (Optional)  
NS 690 Neuropharmacology (Optional)  
Summer Semester
Course Title Credits
NS 930 Research Variable

Course Title Semester

Credits

GC 520 Cultural Humility for the Life Sciences Workforce Fall, Spring 2

GC 558 Intro to UNIX & Program in C

Fall

3

GC 559 Intro to R Programming

Spring

3

GC 560 Data Visualization

Spring

2

GC 561 Data Structures and Algorithms

Spring

3

GC 562 Computational Genomics

Fall

3

GC 563 Computational Transcriptomics

Summer

3

GC 564 Data Mining & Knowledge Discov

Summer

3

GC 617 ManagPharm DrugDevelopProjects

Spring

2

GC 630 Fundamentals of Clinical Trials

Fall

3

GC 635 Intro to Clin Trials Mgmt

Spring

2

GC 636 Prin Car Mgmt – Diverse BM Careers

Spring

2

GC 642 Fluorescence Microscopy

Spring

1

GC 645 Genomics and Bioinformatics

Spring

3

GC 660 Statistical Methods

Fall, Spring

3

GC 675 Cancer Immunology

Spring

2

GE 636 Tumor Cell Signaling & Cell Cycle

Fall

3

GE 637 Human Genetics

Spring

3

GE 651 Pathobiology of Cancer

Spring

2

IMP 505A Fundamentals of Immunology

Spring

2

IMP 505B Immune System in Health & Disease

Spring

2

PR 522 General Pharmacology

Fall

3

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