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:

  • IBS 7015 Interdisciplinary Cell and Molecular Biology Cr. 6
  • Neurobiology I (PYC 7010 - Cr. 3)
  • 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)
    • Advanced Molecular Biology (IBS 7330)
  • Neuroanatomy (ANA 7130 - Cr. 4)
  • Fundamentals of Neuroimaging (PYC 7140 - Cr. 3)
  • Fundamentals of Neuropsychiatric Disorders (PYC 7150 - Cr. 3)
  • 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 - Cr. 0)
  • Research Seminars (PYC 7890 - Cr. 1 [minimum 6 and maximum 8])
  • Directed Study (PYC 7990 - Cr. 1 - 6 [maximum 10])
  • Research Problems - laboratory rotations (PYC 7996 - Cr. 3 [minimum 9])
  • Clinical Neuroscience Rotation (PYC 7998 - Cr. 3 [minimum 3])
  • Advanced Topic courses encompassing neuroscience principles and methods, and the applications to nervous system disorders (starts in year 2; any graduate level non-core courses, 12 credits minimum and 24 credits maximum). For example:
    • Foundations of Computational Biology (IBS 7140; Cr. 3)
    • Advanced Topics: Imaging, Neurodevelopment and Psychiatric Disorders (PYC 7515; Cr. 3)
    • MR Imaging of Neurovascular Disease (BME 7720; Cr. 3)
    • Neuropathology and Behavior PSY 7340; Cr. 3)
    • Functional Neuroanatomy (PSY 8060; Cr. 4)
    • Multivariate Analysis in Psychology PSY 8150; Cr. 4)
    • Structural Equation Modeling (PSY 8170; Cr. 3)
  • Pre-Doctoral Candidacy Research (PYC 9990 - Cr. 1 - 8 [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 - Cr. 0) 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 WSU Graduate School.

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