Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (NUIN) PhD

Degree Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.


Total Units Required: 9

Course Title
Required Courses
Core Courses (4 units)
NUIN 401-1Fundamentals of Neuroscience (2 units)
NUIN 401-2Fundamentals of Neuroscience
NUIN 401-3Fundamentals of Neuroscience
"Great Experiments" Elective (1 unit)
NUIN 411-1Great Experiments in Molecular and Developmental Neuro Science
NUIN 411-2Great Experiments in Cellular Neurophysiology
NUIN 411-3Great Expts in System & Cognitive Neuroscience
Biostatistics Elective (1 unit)
NUIN 408-0Quantitative Methods and Experimental Design
PUB_HLTH 302-0Introduction to Biostatistics
PUB_HLTH 421-0Intermediate Biostatistics
BIOSTAT 302-0Introduction to Biostatistics
BIOSTAT 402-0Intermediate Biostatistics
PSYCH 380-0Advanced Statistics & Experimental Design
Additional Electives (3 units)
Noncredit Courses
NUIN 490-0Responsible Conduct in Neuroscience Research
NUIN 590-0Research
TGS 500-0Advanced Doctoral Study

Other PhD Requirements

  • Laboratory rotations: three research rotations (additional if necessary) and poster, written, and oral presentations, first year
  • Seminar attendance: 6/quarter in Fall, Winter, Spring of first year
  • Examinations: knowledge and research based qualifying exam, taken during second year
  • Teaching: two quarters of teaching assistantship, usually during the second year
  • Thesis Committee Meetings: written proposal and oral defense of thesis project to Thesis Committee, taken during third year; annual thesis committee meetings thereafter
  • Seminar presentation: oral presentation of research at a departmental or conference seminar
  • Publication: at least one first author publication in a peer-reviewed journal
  • Dissertation: written dissertation, oral defense of dissertation to Thesis Committee, and public presentation of dissertation
  • We require in-person research activity for students to make timely progress toward a degree