Neuroscience, PhD

Neuroscience is a collaborative and interdisciplinary PhD program that provides training for careers in neuroscience research, teaching and more. Our training program is designed to provide a strong foundation of neuroscience knowledge while at the same time taking into account each student's strengths, needs and career goals.

Virtually all aspects of traditional neuroscience are reflected in the research programs of the 160 faculty members who participate in NGG training, including computational, systems, cellular and molecular, developmental, behavioral, and cognitive neuroscience, along with the neurobiology of disease.  NGG faculty members represent 30 academic departments in the schools of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Applied Science, Wharton Business, Veterinary Medicine, Dental Medicine, and Nursing, as well as the Perelman School of Medicine.  

View the University’s Academic Requirements for PhD Degrees.

Required Courses 

Coursework
BIOM 600Cell Biology
BIOM 611Statistics in Experimental Design and Analysis 1
NGG 572Electrical Language of Cells
NGG 573Systems Neuroscience
NGG 695Scientific Writing
Select three electives
NGG First Year Journal Club
NGG Specialty Journal Club
Research
NGG 699Lab Rotation
NGG 899Pre-Dissertation Lab Rotation
NGG 995Dissertation
1

Or other statistics course with approval of the Graduate Group.


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2018 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.

Sample Plan of Study

Year 1
Fall
Cell Biology
Electrical Language of Cells
Lab Rotation
First Year Journal Club
Spring
Statistics in Experimental Design and Analysis
Systems Neuroscience
Lab Rotation
First Year Journal Club
Summer
Lab Rotation
Year 2
Fall
Pre-Dissertation Lab Rotation
Specialty Journal Club
Elective
Elective
Spring
Scientific Writing
Pre-Dissertation Lab Rotation
Specialty Journal Club
Elective
Year 3 and Beyond
Dissertation