Florida State University

Curriculum for Graduate Program in Neuroscience

Details on the curriculum may be found in the Graduate Student Handbook.

Students entering our program immediately begin working on research in the laboratory of their chosen major professor. First and second-year students take a series of required courses, and then there are a number of electives from which students may choose to complete their individual programs of study.

Required Courses (offered every year)

  • PCB 5845 - Cell and Molecular Neuroscience
  • PSB 5341 - Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PSB 5230C - Vertebrate Neuroanatomy
  • PSB 5057 - Neuroscience Methods: Molecules to Behavior
  • PSB 5077 - Responsible Conduct of Research
  • PSY 6919 - Research Design and Analysis I*
  • BSC 5936 - Quantitative Methods*
  • *Take one or the other to fulfill statistics requirement

Core Electives (Take at least 1 from each cluster: A and B)

  • A. Molecular/Physiological Cluster (offered every two or three years)
    • PCB 5786 - Membrane Biophysics (Advanced Neurophysiology)
    • PCB 5795 - Sensory Physiology
    • PCB 5137 - Advanced Cell Biology*
    • GMS 5700 - Developmental Neuroscience
    • PCB 5525 - Molecular Biology
    • PCB 5595 - Advanced Molecular Biology**
    • MAP 5932 - Introduction to Computational Neuroscience
    • * Committee may require a second physiology course in addition to PCB 5137
    • **Requires a strong foundation in Molecular Biology.
  • B. Behavioral Cluster (offered every two or three years)
    • EXP 5406 - Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
    • PSB 6059 - Seminar in Physiological Psychology: Behavioral Endocrinology
    • PSB 5347 - Neuropharmacology
    • EXP 5717 - Animal Psychophysics
    • PSB 6059 - Seminar in Physiological Psychology: Neurobiology of Social Behavior
    • PSB 6048 - Affective Neuroscience

Laboratory Rotation Requirement

  • Two semesters of lab rotation, completed outside your home lab, are required. Enroll in two separate sections of Directed Individual Study to complete this requirement.

Grant Writing Course (offered every year)

  • PSY 6919 – for students wishing to prepare an individual NRSA Proposal (F31).

Weekly Events

  • PSB 6920 – Neuroscience Colloquium Series – Fall and Spring semesters – invited speakers.
  • PSB 6933 – Seminar in Neuroscience – Fall and Spring semesters – lunch with invited speakers.
  • PSB 6933 – Seminar in Neuroscience – Summer semester – talks by 1st-year graduate students.

Annual Events

  • Rushton Lectures – features presentations by prominent neuroscientists on contemporary topics.
  • Smith Lecture – features an internationally-renowned speaker who conducts behaviorally-oriented research.