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

1. School of Biomedical Sciences Core (Waivers or substitutions must be approved by the Director)

a. Cell Biology

  • BSCI 5/70143 Eukaryotic Cell Biology (3 cr) Current study of the structure and function of eukaryotic cells, including recent advances in research technology
  • Must enroll concurrently in: BSCI 6/70144 Selected Readings in Eukaryotic Cell Biology (1 cr)

b. General Biochemistry (one of the following):

  • CHEM 5/70261 Principles of Biochemistry I (3 cr) Introduction to biochemical principles, including chemistry and metabolism of biochemically important compounds
  • CHEM 5/70262 Principles of Biochemistry II (3 cr) Supramolecular and cellular biochemistry, including transcription and translation
  • BSCI 5/70142 Bioenergetics (3 cr) Respiration and photosynthesis, their origin, development, and control in living systems. Concepts are introduced from fundamental principles.

c. Quantitative Methods and Statistics (one of the following):

  • BSCI 6/70103 Biological Statistics (3 cr)
  • PSYC 6/71651 Statistical Inference in Psychology (3 cr)
  • BMS 78637 Analysis of BioAnthropological Data I (5 cr)
  • BMS 78638 Analysis of BioAnthropological Data II (3 cr)
  • Equivalent course approved by Director

d. Seminars

  • BMS 60291 Introduction to Biomedical Sciences (1 cr)
  • BMS 6/70791 Seminar in Neurobiology (1 cr)

e. Professional Development

  • BSCI 6/70194 College Teaching in Biology

2. Neuroscience Core (Waivers or substitutions must be approved by the Director)

  • BMS 6/70729 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience (4 cr) Neuronal functions at molecular and cellular levels
  • BSCI 5/70195 Neurosystems and Behavior (3 cr) Anatomical organization and functioning of nervous tissues relate to behaviors

3. Electives - Including courses listed above not selected, other pertinent courswork at a consortial institution not otherwise selected, and/or the following:

  • BMS 6/70711 Developmental and Evolutionary Neurobiology (3 cr)
  • BSCI 6/70431 Neuroendocrinology (2 cr)
  • BSCI 6/70460 Neurochemistry (2 cr)
  • BSCI 5/70432 Endocrinology (3 cr)
  • BMS 6/78610 & 6/78611 Human Gross Anatomy I and II (7 cr)
  • BMS 6/70220 Human Microscopic Anatomy (5 cr)
  • BSCI 5/70435 & 5/70436 Reproductive Physiology in Mammals (4 cr)
  • BMS 6/70550 & 6/70551 Medical Pharmacology I & II (6 cr)
  • BSCI 5/70433 & 5/70434 Mammalian Physiology I & II (6 cr)
  • BMS 6/70449 & 6/70450 Medical Physiology I & II (7 cr)

These electives should serve primarily as a guide to students. The Guidance Committee will be charged with approving the plan of study including the selection of electives.

4. Students will also be expected to participate in seminars and special topics courses and in courses that may be developed in the future where these are appropriate to the student's research interests.

  • BMS 6/70795 Special Topics in Neurobiology (2-3 cr)

Master of Science

The M.S. degree will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the coursework core, appropriate elective courses including research hours, 6 credits of THESIS I (BMS 60199) for a total of 32 hours, and an acceptable research thesis. There is no nonthesis option.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission to doctoral work will require either completion of the master's degree or direct matriculation to the doctoral program following completion of no less than 20 hours of graduate coursework (including the core) and will be accorded upon the recommendation of the student's guidance committee and the Director of the School of Biomedical Sciences. The Ph.D. will be awarded upon completion of a minimum of 90 graduate hours post-baccalaureate or 60 hours post-master's including 30 hours of Dissertation (BMS 80199) and the presentation of an acceptable dissertation.

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.

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