Curriculum for Master of Science (MS) in Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience

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The Master’s Degree in Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience is designed to prepare students to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience. Students in the program attend full time and are required to pursue a research project beginning in their first year. This degree originally was funded as a partnership with Drexel University and we still have a working relationship with them for those students interested in exploring research / course opportunities; however, all courses are now at DSU. A thesis, based on individual laboratory research related to neuroscience, is required.

Core Courses (required for all students pursuing MS degrees):

  • Molecular Biology (BIOL-521)
  • Experimental Design and Biostatistics (BIOL-505)
  • Current Techniques in Biology (BIOL-535)
  • Professional Development Workshop I & II (BIOL-590, BIOL-591)
  • Thesis Research I & II (BIOL-690, BIOL-691)

Additional Required Courses:

  • Introduction to Neuroscience (BIOL-503)
  • Functional Neuroanatomy (BIOL-610)
  • Neurochemistry   (BIOL-612)
  • The Physiology of Excitable Cells (BIOL-622)
  • Open Neuroscience Elective (see below)

Total credit hours for graduation: 33 (27 course credits + 6 research credits)

Open Neuroscience Electives

BIOL-520 Cell Biology
BIOL-511 Pharmacology
BIOL-515 Behavior
BIOL-521 Biochemistry
BIOL-600 Molecular Endocrinology
BIOL-605 Cell Morphogenesis
BIOL-625 Immunology
BIOL-650 Biological Mechanisms
BIOL-651 Proteins: Structure and Function
BIOL-653 Nervous System Disorders

or, any other graduate level "biological" courses approved by the student's Research Advisor and Department Chair