School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Degree Requirements

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Students in the TNP doctoral program are required to complete a minimum of 90 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree.

The required courses include:

  • Interdisciplinary Cell and Molecular Biology (IBS 7015 - 7 credits)
  • Neurobiology I (PYC 7010 - 3 credits)
  • One of the following elective courses in the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences (IBS) curriculum for 2 credits:
    • Functional Genomics and Systems Biology (IBS 7030)
    • Biomedical Neurobiology (IBS 7050)
    • Biomedical Immunology (IBS 7090)
    • Biomedical Neuropharmacology (IBS 7100)
    • Systems Neuroscience: Structure and Function of the Nervous System (IBS 7130)
  • Neuroanatomy (ANA 7130 - 4 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Neuroimaging (PYC 7140 - 3 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Neuropsychiatric Disorders (PYC 7150 - 3 credits)
  • At least one course on statistics:
    • FPH 7050 -- Biostatistics I: Cr. 4
    • FPH 7020 -- Biostatistics II: Cr. 3
    • PSY 7150 -- Quantitative Methods in Psychology I: Cr. 4
    • PSY 7160 -- Quantitative Methods in Psychology II: Cr. 4
  • Essential Research Practices: Responsible Conduct of Research (GS 0900 - 0 credit)
  • Research Seminars (PYC 7890 - 1 credit [minimum 6 and maximum 8])
  • Directed Study (PYC 7990 - 1-6 credits [maximum 10])
  • Research Problems - laboratory rotations (PYC 7996 - 3 credits [require a total of 9])
  • Clinical Neuroscience Rotation (PYC 7998 - 3 credits [require a total of 9])
  • Advanced Topic courses encompassing neuroscience principles and methods, and the applications to nervous system disorders (starts in year 2; 12 credits minimum and 24 credits maximum)
  • Pre-Doctoral Candidacy Research (PYC 9990 - 1-8 credits [maximum 10])
  • Doctoral Candidate: Dissertation Research and Direction (PYC 9991-9994 - 30 credits maximum) - Students are required to register for four semesters minimum at 7.5 credits per semester, but cannot earn more than 30 credits overall. Students must register for a maintenance course (PYC 9995 - 0 credits) if the dissertation is not complete in four semesters.

Students are required to seek advice from a graduate advisor on his/her course selection. All course work must be completed according to requirements of the Graduate School (see Admission, Regular) and the Graduate Programs of the School of Medicine (see Admission to School of Medicine Graduate Programs).

The WSU Graduate Bulletin includes a complete listing and description of graduate courses offered at Wayne State University.