University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Neuroscience Ph.D.

The Neuroscience Ph.D program curriculum is flexible, and coursework is intended to be completed during the first two years of the doctoral program to allow for maximum time spent working on research in the student's selected advisor's laboratory.

 See the Neuroscience website for additional information.

Doctor of Philosophy - Neuroscience

Degree Specific Credits: 60

Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0


Core Requirements - Complete all of the folllowing courses:
BCH 600Cell Organization & Mechanisms 13
BMED 605Biomedical Research Ethics1
BMED 609Biomedical Statistics3
NEUR 570Neuroscience Research Laboratory Rotations 22
NEUR 582Research Seminar Neurosci. 24
NEUR 594Seminar 22
NEUR 661Neuroscience I4
NEUR 667Topics in Neurobiology (Journal Club)1
Graduate Research - Complete a minimum of 20 credits in the following courses: 320
Graduate Research
Graduate Research
Electives - Complete at least three elective courses (a minimum of 10 credits), according to research interests. Suggested elective courses include:10
Physical Biochemistry
Proteins and Enzymes
Molecular Pharmacology
Advanced Pharmacokinetics
Topics in Neurobiology
Additional Credits - Complete 10 additional credits of electives or research. 10
Total Hours60

Students without preparation in biochemistry must take BCH 480/BCH 482 as pre-requisite to BCH 600.


Students may only take 1 credit per semester.


A minimum of 20 combined research credits is required for the Neuroscience Ph.D. degree, but a maximum of 30 credits may be applied toward the 60-credit requirement for the Ph.D.