PhD Curriculum

Subsequent Years Courses

Required Course

16:115:558 Ethical Scientific Conduct Refresher.  This course is required of all 5th year graduate students as well as MD/PhD in the 3rd year of PhD.  This is a case-based course that reviews the most important topics in Responsible Conduct of Research. It complies with NIH requirements. 


Potential Elective Courses

16:710:540(S) Trophic Mechanisms in the Nervous System (2) Introduction to neurotropic factor field. In particular, the critical nature of trophic agents in the establishment and maintenance of a functioning nervous system. Dreyfus. Prerequisites: Cell biology, neurobiology, and biochemistry.

16:710:544(F) Molecular Regulation of Neurogenesis (3) Discussion of current literature, explores concepts and mechanisms regulating neuronal generation, and specification from undifferentiated precursors in invertebrates and vertebrates examined, including cell lineage, homeotic genes, neurotransmitters, and growth, trophic, and transcription factors. DiCicco-Bloom. Prerequisites: Neurobiology, molecular biology of cells.

16:710:555(F) Neurobiology (3) (REQUIRED AND CORE) Introductory survey emphasizing experimental approaches to the study of invertebrate and vertebrate nervous systems. Molecular, biophysical, and biochemical bases of nerve cell function. Higher-level functions shown as emerging from nerve cell properties, anatomical development, and mature connections. Plummer. Recommended: Biochemistry, physiology, or animal behavior. Permission of instructor.

16:710:558,559 Special Topics in Neurobiology (2,2) Analysis and discussion of contemporary research in cellular and molecular aspects of neuronal functioning, or of selected topics of current research in developmental neurobiology examined by historical review, presentation of current research papers, and analysis of new approaches and unifying theories, in alternating terms. Plummer.  Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

16:710:605,606 Advanced Studies in Neuroscience (2) (BA,BA) (REQUIRED) Research literature review or independent reading.  Pintar

16:710:701,702 Research in Neuroscience (BA,BA) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

16:761:610 Biological, Biomedical and Social Aspects of Aging (3) Covers aging and aging related diseases from a 360 degree angle. Sesti

16:067:510 Neuroendocrinology (3) Role at organismic, cellular and molecular levels of the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland in reproduction, stress, growth, biological rhythms, drug addiction and immunity.  Advis/Sarkar

16:963:501,502 General Toxicology I, II (2,2) Basic principles of toxicology, organ toxicology, toxicology of specific chemical agents an radiation, and overview of environmental and industrial toxicology and safety evaluation. Reuhl.  Prerequisite: 16:115:503,504; 16:710:501,502, or equivalent.

16:960:584 Biostatistics I – Observational Studies (3) Statistical techniques for biomedical data.  Analysis of observational studies emphasized. Prerequisite: One year of calculus and Level V statistics.

16:960:585 Biostatistics II – Clinical Trials (3) Statistical and practical design, cnduct and analysis of controlled clinical experiments.  Prerequisite: Level IV statistics.  16:960:584 Biostatistics I is not required.

16:960:586 Interpretation of Data (3) Modern methods of data analysis with emphasis on statistical computing univariate statistics, data visualization, linear models, generalized linear models (GLM) multivariate analysis and clustering methods, tree-based methods, and robust statistics. Prerequisite: Level IV statistics. Recommended: 16:960:563.


16:963:632 Neural Injury and Repair (3) Mechanisms by which the nervous system is damaged by chemicals, trauma and other agents.  Neurobiological basis for is response to injury.  Sonsalla

16:695:601 Advanced Cell Biology (3) Molecular analysis of eukaryotic cells, including cell structure, receptors, cell-cell interactions, cytoskeleton, growth, differentiation, and transformation. Pintar,  Prerequisite: 16:115:501,502

16:148:652 Current Cell Biology (3) Analyses of progress in all areas of cell biology.  Moyle

16:830:504 Advanced Studies in Psychology Write an NRSA F31 grant proposal.  Special permission required for upper-level students. West


16:830:567,568 Nervous System & Behavior (3) Neural bases of reinforcement, motor behavior and ingestive behavior.  West/Kusnecov/Samuels


16:830:646 (3) Problems in Behavioral Neuroscience. McGann


16:340:591 Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology (4) The Graduate Program in Neuroscience is administered jointly by the School of Graduate Studies at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Graduate School New Brunswick. The Program also maintains a variety of reciprocal relations with faculty members of Princeton University. Course work requirements are flexible and established via individual student conferences.



16:115:511, 512 Molecular Biology & Biochemistry (3)  First Term: Structure and function of proteins, nucleic acid structure, catalysis of biochemical reactions, glycolysis, oxidative phosphorylation. Second Term: Transcription, posttranscriptional processing, translation, gene regulation, photosynthesis, properties of membranes, signal transduction, intermediary metabolism.  Prerequisite: One year organic chemistry. These courses are recommended for students outside the program in biochemistry. Deis


16:115:557 Statistics in Biomedical Science (3)


16:125:578 Interdisciplinary Biostatistics Research Training for Molecular & Cellular Sciences:Enhancing Rigor & Reproducibility (3)


16:960:501 Statistical Theory for Research Workers (3)



16:765:585 Bioinformatics (3) Bromberg



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