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Neuroscience M.S.

Neuroscience
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Contact Information
Department of Neuroscience, 6-145 Jackson Hall, 321 Church Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-626-6474; fax: 612-626-6460)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Length of program in credits: 33
  • This program requires summer semesters for timely completion.
  • The NSCI 5551 Cell & Molecular Neurobiology Lab at Itasca is held at the Itasca Biological Station in Shevlin, Minnesota their first semester.
  • Degree: Master of Science
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field of inquiry. The objects of this inquiry, the brain, and nervous system, are sufficiently complex and unique among biological systems to require experimental and analytical approaches that cross the traditional boundaries of molecular and cell biology, behavioral biology, biochemistry, genetics, pharmacology, physiology, and psychology. In some instances, neuroscientific inquiry may also encompass computer science, information processing, engineering, physics, and mathematics.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan A: Plan A requires 23 major credits, 0 credits outside the major, and 10 thesis credits. The final exam is oral.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 2 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
Required Coursework (22.5 Credits)
Take the following courses for a total of 22.5 credits:
Summer - First Year (4 credits)
NSC 5551 - Itasca Cell and Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory (4.0 cr)
Fall - First Year (8.5 Credits)
NSC 5461 - Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience (4.0 cr)
NSC 5561 - Systems Neuroscience (4.0 cr)
NSC 8321 - Career Skills and Understanding Responsibilities as a Neuroscientist (0.5 cr)
Spring - First Year (6.5 Credits)
NSC 5661W - Behavioral Neuroscience [WI] (3.0 cr)
NSC 8211 - Developmental Neurobiology (3.0 cr)
NSC 8321 - Career Skills and Understanding Responsibilities as a Neuroscientist (0.5 cr)
Fall - Second Year (3.5 Credits)
NSC 8321 - Career Skills and Understanding Responsibilities as a Neuroscientist (0.5 cr)
NSC 8111 - Quantitative Neuroscience (3.0 cr)
Thesis Credits
Take 10 master's thesis credits.
NSC 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's (1.0-18.0 cr)
 
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NSC 5551 - Itasca Cell and Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Intensive lab introduction to cellular and molecular aspects of research techniques in contemporary neurobiology; held at Itasca Biological Station. Electrophysiological investigations of neuronal properties, neuropharmacological assays of transmitter action, and immunohistochemical studies in experimental preparations. prereq: Neuroscience grad or instr consent
NSC 5461 - Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Lectures by team of faculty, problem sets in important physiological concepts, discussion of original research papers. prereq: NSc grad student or instr consent
NSC 5561 - Systems Neuroscience
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles of organization of neural systems forming the basis for sensation/movement. Sensory-motor/neural-endocrine integration. Relationships between structure and function in nervous system. Team taught. Lecture, laboratory. prereq: NSc grad student or instr consent
NSC 8321 - Career Skills and Understanding Responsibilities as a Neuroscientist
Credits: 0.5 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Information that falls outside of core neuroscience academic curriculum. Areas of practical value for graduate school and career development. Career skills, writing skills, responsible conduct in research. prereq: Neurscience grad major or instr consent
NSC 5661W - Behavioral Neuroscience (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Neural coding/representation of movement parameters. Neural mechanisms underlying higher order processes such as memorization, memory scanning, and mental rotation. Emphasizes experimental psychological studies in human subjects, single cell recording experiments in subhuman primates, and artificial neural network modeling. prereq: Grad NSc major or grad NSc minor or instr consent
NSC 8211 - Developmental Neurobiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
How neuronal types develop. Emphasizes general mechanisms. Experimental data demonstrating mechanisms. prereq: Neuroscience grad student or instr consent
NSC 8321 - Career Skills and Understanding Responsibilities as a Neuroscientist
Credits: 0.5 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Information that falls outside of core neuroscience academic curriculum. Areas of practical value for graduate school and career development. Career skills, writing skills, responsible conduct in research. prereq: Neurscience grad major or instr consent
NSC 8321 - Career Skills and Understanding Responsibilities as a Neuroscientist
Credits: 0.5 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Information that falls outside of core neuroscience academic curriculum. Areas of practical value for graduate school and career development. Career skills, writing skills, responsible conduct in research. prereq: Neurscience grad major or instr consent
NSC 8111 - Quantitative Neuroscience
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles of experimental design and statistical analysis in neuroscience research. Includes an introduction to computer programming for data analysis using both classic and modern quantitative methods.
NSC 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's
Credits: 1.0 -18.0 [max 50.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Thesis Credits: Master's