Genetics Track for Neuroscience Ph.D.
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Graduate students who are part of the Institute for Behavioral Genetics
graduate training program can receive a Ph.D. in Neuroscience. The
requirements are described below.
1. Curriculum: The behavior genetics track incorporates
the requirements of the Behavior Genetics Certification program that
was previously approved by the University of Colorado Boulder graduate
program and those of the new Neuroscience Ph. D. Students will be
admitted through the Psychology program and work under the mentorship
of a Behavior Genetics faculty member.
A sample curriculum is outlined in Table 1. The ideal timing of the
Behavior Genetics courses is given in Table 1. However, as some courses
are not taught every year, it is the responsibility of the student
to take the relevant courses when offered. The timing of the Neuroscience
courses will be the same as required by the Neuroscience program.
All students will have at least one member of the Neuroscience faculty
on their advisory committees.
Note: As required by the
Graduate College, each student needs to take a minimum of 30 hours
of graduate level course credit, and 30 hours of doctoral thesis/dissertation
hours. Students are required to take at least 5 hours of course or
thesis/dissertation units each semester.
Table 2: Summary of
Credit Hour Requirements for Neuroscience Ph.D.
Survey and Integration of Neuroscience I
Survey and Integration of Neuroscience II
Advances in Neuroscience Research Seminar
Neuroscience Depth Courses (Neuroanatomy plus
2 courses of student’s choice)
discipline course for Interdisciplinary Certification in Behavior
Genetics requires 5 courses plus Research in Behavior Genetics:
Introduction to Behavior Genetics
Statistics (3-4 credits)
Molecular Genetics and Behavior
Concepts in Behavior Genetic
Quantitative Genetics or Biometrical
Research in Behavior Genetics (3 credits)
for the Behavior Genetics Certification: In addition to the
courses listed in Table 1, other requirements of the Behavior Genetics
certification will be retained.
a. General Requirements:
Students must perform their
thesis work under the direction of a Neuroscience faculty member.
Students are required to conduct their Neuroscience research on topics
of direct relevance to animal or human behavior genetics. The student
is required to meet all requirements of the Graduate School in addition
to any listed here in consultation with his/her advisory committee.
Students admitted through the Behavior Genetics section of the Psychology
department are required to obtain the Master’s degree prior
to admission to Ph.D. candidacy. All students must have a 3-person
advisory committee until a Master’s degree is obtained and then
a 5-person committee to advise during completion of the Ph.D. work.
At least one member of these committees will be a member of the Neuroscience
b. Examinations: Each student must meet with the
advisory committee at least once per year. A training file on each
student is maintained to track progress toward completing the program
and these yearly meetings along with outcomes must be recorded in
the student’s file.
c. Teaching requirements: Consistent with the current
Behavior Genetics certification requirements, students must TA for
one semester in a course judged relevant to their career goals by
their advisory committee.
d. Scientific Ethics Training: All graduate students
are required to complete the course in scientific ethics offered at
the Institute for Behavioral Genetics.
e. Petitions: Consistent with the Behavior Genetics
certification program, students may petition for substitutions for
the Behavior Genetics portion of the requirements. This petition must
be in consultation with the student’s advisory committee. The
petition must be approved by both the advisory committee and the Behavior
Genetics training committee. Disapproval of a petition may be changed
by a majority vote of the faculty.
The Behavior Genetic faculty, however, will not make rulings on any
requirements specified by the Neuroscience program. Students must
address any concerns over requirements directly with the directors
of the Neuroscience Ph.D. program.