Graduate Student Plan of Study

Year 1

FALL SEMESTER

Coursework

  • NEU 827 - Excitable Cells (4cr)
  • NEU 807 - Strategies in Neuroscience Research (2 cr)
  • PHM 830 (3cr) or PSY 815 (3cr) (1)

Research

  • NEU 890 - Rotation #1 (2cr)

Other Required Activities

  • Attend NSP Thursday Seminar
  • Research Forum (do not enroll; attend required sessions)
  • Begin attending "Responsible Conduct of Research" and "Conflict Resolution" workshops (2)

SPRING SEMESTER

Coursework

  • NEU 839 - Systems Neuroscience (4cr)

Research

  • NEU 890 - Rotation #2 (2cr)

Other Required Activities

  • Attend NSP Thursday Seminar
  • Research Forum (do not enroll; attend required sessions)

SUMMER SEMESTER

Research

  • Pre-Dissertation research

Other Required Activities

  • Choose Dissertation advisor and lab
  • Form PhD guidance committee

 

Year 2

FALL SEMESTER

Coursework

  • NEU 804 - Molecular and Developmental Neurobiology (3cr)
  • NEU 800 - Research Forum (1cr)
  • Statistics (if not taken in year 1)

Research

  • Pre-Dissertation research

Other Required Activities

  • Attend NSP Thursday Seminar
  • Research Forum (enroll and attend required sessions)

SPRING SEMESTER

Coursework

  • PSY 811 - Behavioral Neuroscience (3cr)
  • NEU 800 - Research Forum (1cr)

Research

  • Pre-Dissertation research

Other Required Activities

  • Attend NSP Thursday Seminar
  • Research Forum (enroll and attend required sessions)

SUMMER SEMESTER

Research

  • Pre-Dissertation research

Other Required Activities

  • Comprehensive Exam: Standardized Portion
  • Meet with PhD committee

 

Year 3

FALL SEMESTER

Coursework

  • NEU 800 - Research Forum (1cr)
  • Advanced Elective (encouraged)

Research

  • NEU 999 - Dissertation Research (3)

Other Required Activities

  • Attend NSP Thursday Seminar
  • Dissertation proposal seminar and defense

SPRING SEMESTER

Coursework

  • NEU 800 - Research Forum (1cr)

Research

  • NEU 999 - Dissertation Research

Other Required Activities

  • Attend NSP Thursday Seminar
  • Dissertation proposal seminar and defense (if not done in Fall)

SUMMER SEMESTER

Research

  • NEU 999 - Dissertation Research

Other Required Activities

  • Meet with PhD committee

 

Year 4

FALL SEMESTER

Coursework

  • NEU 800 - Research Forum (1cr)
  • Graduate Seminar (encouraged)

Research

  • NEU 999 - Dissertation Research

Other Required Activities

  • Attend NSP Thursday Seminar

SPRING SEMESTER

Coursework

  • NEU 800 - Research Forum (1cr)

Research

  • NEU 999 - Dissertation Research

Other Required Activities

  • Attend NSP Thursday Seminar

SUMMER SEMESTER

Research

  • NEU 999 - Dissertation Research

Other Required Activities

  • Meet with PhD committee

 

Year 5

Coursework

  • Graduate Seminar (encouraged)

Research

  • NEU 999 - Dissertation Research

Other Required Activities

  • Attend NSP Thursday Seminar
  • Dissertation seminar and defense

 


(1) Students must take one semester of statistics during any semester of the first two academic years. Either PHM 830 or PSY 815 fulfill this requirement and are offered annually in the fall (PHM 830 also in the summer).

(2) The Neuroscience Program requires students to complete "Responsible Conduct of Research" and "Conflict Resolution" workshops sponsored by the Graduate School.

(3) MSU requires a minimum of 24 credit hours of NEU 999 (Dissertation Research) to earn a PhD. Students can enroll in NEU 999 at any time once a dissertation lab has been chosen. Most students enroll in NEU 999 upon successful completion of the Comprehensive Exam, typically at the end of year two. Students will not be able to register for more than 36 credits total without approval from their PI, College, and the Graduate School