Neuroscience

Details

Admits Fall term for Ph.D. program; application deadline is December 1st.

Please see our website for further details: http://neuroscience.med.umich.edu/admission.

Program Code: 00336

Program Overview

The Neuroscience Graduate Program at the University of Michigan was constituted in 1971, making it the longest-standing neuroscience training program in the United States. The Program is interdisciplinary and inter-departmental with faculty and students located in the Medical School, the College of Literature, Arts, and Sciences, the Dental School, the School of Kinesiology, and the School of Public Health. We are a collegial and interactive group that performs research across the breadth of the neuroscience field.

Neuroscience graduate students on this campus form a cohesive group that promotes interactions among the faculty, making the Neuroscience Graduate Program the nexus of the neuroscience community. A Ph.D. in Neuroscience provides tremendous flexibility in choosing one's career path. Our program captures the excitement and interaction intrinsic to the field of neuroscience.

Faculty

Program Director
Ed Stuenkel, Ph.D.

The Neuroscience Graduate Program includes over 100 faculty members representing more than 20 basic and clinical science departments in the Medical School, the College of Literature, Arts, and Sciences, the Dental School, the School of Kinesiology, and the School of Public Health.

 

Degree Programs

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission

Ph.D. admission requirements can also be seen on our website at http://neuroscience.med.umich.edu/admission.

The most important criterion for admission to the Program is a demonstrated aptitude for and commitment to laboratory research in neuroscience. A Bachelors degree or its equivalent is required. Prior to admission an applicant is expected to have obtained preparation in the following:

  • Introductory biology (other courses such as cell biology, physiology, and genetics are recommended)
  • Introductory neuroscience or physiological psychology or animal behavior
  • Mathematics through calculus
  • One year of physics
  • Inorganic and organic chemistry
  • Introductory biochemistry

A completed application requires Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test scores. An Advanced Test is not required.

Contact

Neuroscience
Rachel Flaten
4137 Undergraduate Science Bldg
204 Washtenaw Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Phone: (734) 763-9638
Fax: (734) 647-0717
E-mail: rachelfk@umich.edu or neuroscience.program@umich.edu
Website: http://neuroscience.med.umich.edu/

Courses

The following courses constitute the range of approved offerings at the time of the assembly of the publication. Not all of the courses listed below are available for registration. Please see the Schedule of Classes on the Office of the Registrar's website for course offerings by term. The final authority for changes in course offerings rests with the academic departments.

Neuroscience (Subject Code: NEUROSCI)
510.  Intr Excitable Membr.  (1 credits)

520/PSYCH 533.  Sleep Neurobiology.  Required pre-requisite: Senior or Above  Advisory pre-requisite: BIOLOGY 222, MCDB 422, or PSYCH 230; and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

570/ANATOMY 570.  Hum Neuroanat I.  Advisory pre-requisite: Admission in Anatomy or approval on consultation.  (3 credits)

571/ANATOMY 571.  Hum Neuroanat II.  Advisory pre-requisite: Knowledge of neuroanatomy  (2 credits)

601/MCDB 610.  Principles Neuro I.  Advisory pre-requisite: Enrollment in a Ph.D. program. Graduate students in Master's degree programs may register only with the permission of the instructor.  (3 credits)

602.  Princ Neurosc II.  Advisory pre-requisite: Enrollment in a Ph.D. program. Graduate students in the Master's degree programs may register only with the permission of the instructor  (3 credits)

610.  Excitable Membranes.  Advisory pre-requisite: Previous or concurrent enrollment in NEUROSCI 623  (2 credits)

611/MCDB 611.  Neurochem/Neuropharm.  Advisory pre-requisite: Enrollment in a Ph.D. program. Graduate students in Master's degree programs may register only with the permission of the instructor.  (1 credits)

612.  Neural Development.  Advisory pre-requisite: Enrollment in a PhD program and permission of instructor  (1 credits)

613/MCDB 613.  Circuits/Comp NS.  Advisory pre-requisite: Enrollment in a Ph.D. program. Graduate students in Master's degree programs may register only with the permission of the instructor.  (1 credits)

614.  Sensory&Systems NS.  Advisory pre-requisite: Enrollment in a Ph.D program. Graduate students in the Master's degree programs may register with the permission of the instructor.  (1 credits)

615.  Cog & Behav Neurosci.  Advisory pre-requisite: Enrollment in a Ph.D. program. Graduate students in the Master's degree programs may register only with the permission of the instructor  (1 credits)

616.  Translational NS.  Advisory pre-requisite: Enrollment in a Ph.D program. Graduate students in the Master's degree programs may register with the permission of the instructor.  (1 credits)

619/PHRMACOL 619/BIOPHYS 619/BIOLCHEM 619/CHEMBIO 619.  Struc Basis-Drug Act.  Advisory pre-requisite: For graduate students who have completed their first year of core classes in Pharmacology or any related program. Students, including senior undergrads, who do not fulfill this prerequisite, will need to obtain permission of instructor.  (2 credits)

622/ANATOMY 622/BIOLOGY 622.  Cell&Mole Neur.  Advisory pre-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in MCDB 422 and permission of instructor. Graduate standing.  (2 credits)

623/MCDB 623.  Molecular Neuro Lab.  Advisory pre-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in Neuroscience 601 or previous completion of Neuroscience 601  (3 credits)

625/BIOLOGY 625/ANATOMY 625.  Syst Neurobiol.  Advisory pre-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in MCDB 425; Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (1 credits)

645/BIOLCHEM 645.  Sgl Trnsdct&Reg Dev.  (2 credits)

682/MCDB 683/HUMGEN 682/PATH 682/PHYSIOL 682/CMBIOL 682/CDB 682.  Org Complex Tiss.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate Cell biology recommended, but not required. Graduate standing.  (2 credits)

684/HUMGEN 684/PATH 684/PHYSIOL 684/CDB 684/CMBIOL 684/BIOLOGY 686.  Org Complex Tiss.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate Cell biology recommended, but not required. Graduate standing.  (2 credits)

685/HUMGEN 685/PATH 685/PHYSIOL 685/CDB 685/CMBIOL 685/BIOLOGY 687.  Org Complex Tiss.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate Cell biology recommended, but not required. Graduate standing.  (1 credits)

691/PHYSIOL 691.  Cel Neurophysiology.  Advisory pre-requisite: PER.INSTR.  (2 credits)

692/PHYSIOL 692.  Sys&Integ Neurophys.  Advisory pre-requisite: Instructor permission.  (2 credits)

693/PHYSIOL 693/ANATOMY 693.  Cell&Integ Neurophys.  Advisory pre-requisite: Instructor permission.  (4 credits)

700.  Neurosci Sem.  Advisory pre-requisite: Doctoral standing in Neuroscience.  (1 to 3 credits)

701.  Special Topics.  (1 to 3 credits)

702.  Readings:Sensory.  Advisory pre-requisite: Instructor permission  (1 to 3 credits)

703.  Readings:Devlpmntal.  Advisory pre-requisite: Instructor permission  (1 to 3 credits)

704.  Readings:Integrative.  Advisory pre-requisite: Instructor permission  (1 to 3 credits)

705.  Readings:Cell&Molec.  Advisory pre-requisite: Instructor permission  (1 to 3 credits)

721/PHRMACOL 721/BIOLCHEM 721/BIOLOGY 721.  Neuro&Neuroph.  Advisory pre-requisite: BIOLCHEM 415. Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (2 credits)

731/NEUROL 731.  Cln Neurosci.  Advisory pre-requisite: NEUROSCI 690 or equivalent or Permission of Instructor.  (2 credits)

750.  Biol Psychiatry.  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of instructor.  (1 to 2 credits)

800.  Neurosci Res Method.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (1 to 9 credits)

801.  Neurosci Res Method.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and NEUROSCI 800 or equivalent.  (1 to 9 credits)

990.  Diss-Precand.  Advisory pre-requisite: Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate.  (1 to 8 credits)

995.  Diss-Cand.  Required pre-requisite: Candidate  (4 or 8 credits)

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Program Statistics

Ph.D. Admissions
Fall 2014 5 year Average
Number of applications 216 204.2
Number of new doctoral students 16 10.6
Ph.D. Enrollment
Fall 2014 5 year Average
Total enrollment 56 55
Female 54% 55%
Male 46% 45%
International 5% 3%
U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident 95% 97%
Ph.D. Enrollment, U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, by Race
Fall 2014 5 year Average
African American 4% 3%
Asian American 6% 11%
Hispanic (one or more races) 23% 18%
Native American 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 66% 66%
Two or more races (excludes Hispanic) 2% 1%
Not indicated 0% 0%
Ph.D. Degree
2014 5 year Average
Number of degrees awarded 9 10
Median years to Ph.D. 5.6 5.7
Percent of students who entered the doctoral program between 2000-01 and 2004-05 and completed the Ph.D. as of August 31, 2014 83%
Funding (external funding paid directly to Ph.D. students, without being disbursed by the University, is not included)
2014 5 year Average
Enrolled Ph.D. students with tuition AND stipend support 94% 95%
Enrolled Ph.D. students with tuition OR stipend support (in many cases, students competed successfully for external funding and did not need additional financial support) 4% 2%
Enrolled Ph.D. students who received no financial support (in many cases, students competed successfully for external funding and did not need additional financial support) 2% 3%
Ph.D. Placement Data
Position type first year after graduation, 2010 - 2014 cohorts Position type five years after graduation, 2006 - 2010 cohorts Position type ten years after graduation, 2000 - 2005 cohorts
Tenure-track faculty 2% 10% 46%
Postdoctoral / Traineeship / Fellowship 66% 54% 4%
Non-Tenure Track Faculty / University Researcher / University Administrator 0% 6% 15%
Business / Industry 6% 21% 15%
Other professional employment / Government / Non-Profit 2% 8% 8%
Not employed 20% 0% 0%
No data available 4% 2% 12%
Total Ph.D.s awarded 50 52 26

These data will be updated annually in December.