NRSC 500/501

The Neuroscience Graduate Program requires all students to complete two core courses: NRSC 500 and NRSC 501.  NRSC 500 is offered in September and NRSC 501 in January.  Both courses are typically held in the mornings on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  The two challenging courses are 6 credits each and are meant to provide a broad overview of neuroscience.  Students are expected to achieve at least 80% in both courses.

These course requirements are generally completed within the first year of study. 

Neuroscience 500 (Fall Semester): This course focuses primarily on the study of Neuroscience at the molecular and cellular level, including systemic and behavioral approaches to studying the nervous system. This course is divided into four modules: (1) The Biophysics of Ion Channels, (2) Synaptic Transmission and Ligand-Gated Ion Channels, (3) Second Messengers and Gene Expression, and (4) Development. 

Neuroscience 501 (Winter Semester): This courses focuses on the study of Neuroscience at the systems level, including behavioral analysis and clinical diagnosis. This course is also divided into four modules: (1) Sensory Systems, (2) Motor Systems, (3) Learning & Memory, and (4) 8 Disorders of Cognition, Communication, and Emotion. 


Taking NRSC 500 and/or NRSC 501 for Credit or Audit: Students who are not in the Neuroscience graduate program may register for either courses with permission from the course instructor and their respective graduate advisor.