The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Neuroscience Program at Central Michigan University is designed to give each student a comprehensive understanding of the core principles in neuroscience and the requisite training that will prepare students for positions in academics, industry, or government that utilize highly trained research skills in specific areas of neuroscience. The foundation of the Program is provided during the first two years, which encompasses all the requirements for the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Neuroscience. Throughout the program, all students are expected to be actively involved in research with a Program faculty member, who serves as a mentor. Upon receiving the M.S. degree in Neuroscience (or its equivalent, for students who enter the Ph.D. Program after their second year), students will work closely with their mentor to establish a line of research that will lead to a publishable-quality major paper and dissertation. As such, the focus of the Ph.D. Program in Neuroscience is to build upon the student’s broad-based and comprehensive understanding of the basic principles of neuroscience and develop a strong background for applied research in some specific area of neuroscience. Current areas of specific research training include CNS control of respiration and studying the causes and potential treatments for Alzheimer’s , Huntington’s, and Parkinson’s diseases. Students are encouraged to contact Program faculty members in their area of research interest prior to submitting application materials.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses (48 – 66 hours)
NSC 501 Principles of Neuroscience I – 4 hours
NSC 502 Principles of Neuroscience II – 4 hours
NSC 690 Research Seminar in Neuroscience – 1 to 4 hours
NSC 789 Graduate Seminar in Neuroscience – 1 to 12 hours
NSC 798 Thesis: Design – 1 to 3 hours
NSC 799 Thesis: Implementation – 1 to 3 hours
NSC 800 Neurological Research for Doctoral Candidacy – 1 to 12 hours
NSC 898 Doctoral Dissertation: Design – 1 to 12 hours
NSC 899 Doctoral Dissertation: Implementation – 1 to 12 hours

Note: A minimum of 4 hours of NSC 690, 6 hours of NSC 789, 6 hours from a combination of NSC 798 and NSC 799, 6 hours of NSC 800, and 18 credit hours from the combination of NSC 898 and NSC 899 is required. In addition to course work, a student must complete an oral examination over the thesis, major paper (NSC 800), and the dissertation.

Required Courses II (3 hours)
One of the following:
BIO 500 Biological Statistics – 3 hours
PSY 511 Statistics in Psychology – 3 hours

Required Courses III (3 hours)
One of the following:
BIO 600 Biological Research Design and Analysis – 3 hours
PSY 611 Statistics in Psychology – 3 hours

Electives (18 – 36 hours)
To be chosen in consultation with an advisor. Potential electives

Total: 90 semester hours