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
b. General Biochemistry (one of the following):
c. Quantitative Methods and Statistics (one of the following):
e. Professional Development
2. Neuroscience Core (Waivers or substitutions must be approved by the Director)
3. Electives - Including courses listed above not selected, other pertinent courswork at a consortial institution not otherwise selected, and/or the following:
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.
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.
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.