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Neuroscience Program Coursework

If you’re interested in pursuing a degree in neuroscience, read the description of coursework below to get a feel for Kent State’s Neuroscience Program. Keep in mind that all students must complete a common core of courses in morphology, physiology, and chemistry of the nervous system. However, in order to tailor to specific training needs and interests, students in our Neuroscience Program are also able to select their own set of electives.

If you have any questions about the Neuroscience Program coursework outlined below or would like additional information about the requirements, please contact the Department of Biomedical Sciences today!

Program of Instruction

M.S. in Biomedical Sciences - Neurosciences

Students seeking a MS in BMS-Neuroscience must complete the following core curriculum:

1 credit           BMS 61001 Introduction to Biomedical Sciences

1 credit           BMS 61000 Responsible Conduct of Research

4 credits         BMS 60729 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

4 credits         BMS 60462 Neurobiology: Systems and Behavior

3-5 credits      Quantitative Methods and Statistics (one of the following):

                        ANTH 68637 Analysis of Bioanthropological Data I (5cr)

                        ANTH 68638 Analysis of Bioanthropological Data II (3cr)

                        BSCI 60103 Biological Statistics (3cr)

                        PSYC 61651 Quantitative Statistical Analysis I (3cr)

                        PSYC 61654 Quantitative Statistical Analysis II (3cr)

M.S students should enroll in elective courses to reach a minimum of 17 credit hours of formal graded coursework.  Electives are specialized to a student’s subdiscipline and are approved by the student’s thesis committee.

M.S. students must add 6 credit hours of Thesis I and additional research hours, if necessary, to reach a minimum total of 32 credit hours.

Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences - Neurosciences

Students seeking a PhD in BMS-Neurosciences (without previously earning a MS) must complete the following core curriculum:

1 credit           BMS 71001 Introduction to Biomedical Sciences

1 credit           BMS 71000 Responsible Conduct of Research

4 credits         BMS 70729 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

4 credits         BMS 70462 Neurobiology: Systems and Behavior

3-5 credits      Quantitative Methods and Statistics (one of the following):

                        BMS 78637 Analysis of Bioanthropological Data I (5cr)

                        BMS 78638 Analysis of Bioanthropological Data II (3cr)

                        BSCI 70103 Biological Statistics (3cr)

                        PSYC 71651 Quantitative Statistical Analysis I (3cr)

                        PSYC 71654 Quantitative Statistical Analysis II (3cr)

4 credits         BMS 70120 Laboratory Techniques in Biomedical Sciences (2cr), taken twice

PhD students should enroll in elective courses to reach a minimum of 21 credit hours of formal graded coursework.  Electives are specialized to a student’s subdiscipline and are approved by the student’s dissertation committee.

Ph.D. students must add additional research hours to reach a total of at least 60 credit hours prior to enrolling in Dissertation I.  Upon admission to candidacy, doctoral students must register for BMS 80199 Dissertation I for two semesters for a total of 30 hours and thereafter BMS 80299 Disseration II until all requirements for the degree have been met.

Students seeking a PhD in BMS-Neuroscience (with previous MS degree) must complete the following core curriculum:

1 credit           BMS 71001 Introduction to Biomedical Sciences

1 credit           BMS 71000 Responsible Conduct of Research

4 credits         BMS 70729 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

4 credits         BMS 70462 Neurobiology: Systems and Behavior

3-5 credits      Quantitative Methods and Statistics (one of the following):

                        BMS 78637 Analysis of Bioanthropological Data I (5cr)

                        BMS 78638 Analysis of Bioanthropological Data II (3cr)

                        BSCI 70103 Biological Statistics (3cr)

                        PSYC 71651 Quantitative Statistical Analysis I (3cr)

                        PSYC 71654 Quantitative Statistical Analysis II (3cr)

4 credits         BMS 70120 Laboratory Techniques in Biomedical Sciences (2cr), taken twice

PhD students should enroll in elective courses to reach a minimum of 21 credit hours of formal graded coursework.  Electives are specialized to a student’s subdiscipline and are approved by the student’s dissertation committee.

Ph.D. students must add additional research hours to reach a total of at least 30 credit hours prior to enrolling in Dissertation I.  Upon admission to candidacy, doctoral students must register for BMS 80199 Dissertation I for two semesters for a total of 30 hours and thereafter BMS 80299 Disseration II until all requirements for the degree have been met.

Professional Development

Candidates for the Ph.D. are expected to engage, to the extent possible, in other activities beneficial to their professional development. The teaching of laboratories and lecture courses, as appropriate, is considered valuable, and each student should have this experience during his or her graduate career, including those on non-teaching scholarships or research appointments for most or all of their tenure. Students should also seek membership in professional organizations, attend meetings to present research results, and maintain currency in the relevant literature.