Jun 02, 2020  
2013-2014 Georgia Regents University Graduate Catalog 
    
2013-2014 Georgia Regents University Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctor of Philosophy with a Major in Neuroscience


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Description

The Neuroscience program combines resources in clinical and basic neuroscience to teach psychiatric and neurological diseases, developmental neurobiology, sensory, motor and regulatory systems, cognitive neuroscience, and cellular and molecular neuroscience.  Over 40 neuroscientists participate in the interdisciplinary graduate neuroscience program to provide research opportunities including neurological diseases, learning and memory, synaptic plasticity, stem cell research, neuronal migration, neuronal regeneration, receptor trafficking, vision, neuroendocrinology, and drugs of abuse.

Admissions Information

First-year Ph.D. students are admitted via a common admissions process to the biomedical sciences Ph.D. program, not to a specific major. After completing first-year core course work and laboratory rotations, the student chooses a dissertation research mentor and enters one of nine Ph.D. majors based on that faculty member’s program affiliation. In each program, students complete a Ph.D. dissertation based on original research. Each student’s program of study is unique and the time to completion varies. On average, completion of the Ph.D. program requires approximately 5 years of full-time, year-round study.

For information regarding admission to the Biomedical Sciences program in the College of Graduate studies please select the Admissions Information link.

Biomedical Sciences Admission   

Financial Support

Students accepted as full time students into the program may be eligible for a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA), which provides a competitive stipend ($24,000 for the 2013/2014 academic year) as well as a reduced tuition fee of only $25 per semester. Graduate Research Assistants also receive, at no cost to them, single-person health insurance under the GRU student group policy. Continuation of an assistantship is contingent on the availability of funds and on satisfactory academic progress. Students are responsible for paying standard required student fees each semester.

Second Year and Beyond: Neuroscience Advanced Curriculum


The Doctor of Philosophy curriculum is not lock-step; students do not graduate as a class at the end of a specific semester. The average time to degree is approximately 5 years of full-time, year-round study; acceptable duration of the program is between 3 and 7 years. The number and type of advanced (2nd year and beyond) or elective courses vary, and may include courses within the Neuroscience program as well as courses in other disciplines.

Neuroscience Required Courses


Additional Requirements


Students must also take at least 2 hours of elective coursework. A highly recommended elective course is the NURO 8090 - Clinical Neuroscience course, which allows graduate students to obtain translational neuroscience perspective by shadowing clinicians in the clinics. Other approved elective courses are listed in the Program’s Handbook or can be obtained from the Program Director.

In addition to specific course requirements, students must complete additional PhD degree requirements, including satisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination, development and approval of a research proposal, writing and approval of the doctoral dissertation, and satisfactory performance on the Final Oral Examination (dissertation defense). See PhD Student Guide for additional requirements and details.