Behavioral Neuroscience

To obtain specific admissions requirements on how to apply to Graduate School, prospective students should visit this page: https://www.uab.edu/cas/psychology/graduate-programs/behavioral-neuroscience

The curriculum in Behavioral Neuroscience provides a student with advanced training that is broadly based in neuroscience. All students have a plan of coursework that includes Overview of Behavioral Neuroscience, a two-semester statistics sequence (PY 716-PY 717), and an ongoing seminar in current research (PY 756). Advanced academic coursework is determined by the student and mentor. The student initially rotates among faculty and laboratories during the first year to obtain breadth in points of view and experimental techniques. Student then chooses a mentor with whom they normally complete the remainder of their research training. Before admission to candidacy, each student must complete a 2nd Year research requirement and pass the qualifying examination. Following acceptance of a proposal for dissertation research, the student is admitted to candidacy. The Ph.D. degree is awarded upon successful defense of the dissertation.

If entering with a baccalaureate degree:

  • Completion of 48 credit hours of course work prior to candidacy.
  • Up to 16 credits of the 48 can be as non-dissertation research credits.
  • Up to 10 credits of the 48 can be as lab rotation, seminar, or directed study credits.
  • Must complete at least two semesters in candidacy and accumulate at least 24 credit hours in 799 research OR
    • must complete at least two semesters in candidacy and have accumulated at least 12 credit hours in 799 research AND, either during or before candidacy, 12 credit hours in other appropriate research-based coursework that has been approved by the graduate student’s program.

If entering with a previous Masters degree appropriate to the PhD degree field:

  • Completion of 27 credit hours of course work prior to candidacy.
  • Up to 6 credits of the 27 can be as non-dissertation research credits.
  • Up to 6 credits of the 27 can be as lab rotation, seminar, or directed study credits.
  • Must complete at least two semesters in candidacy and accumulate at least 24 credits in 799 research OR
    • must complete at least two semesters in candidacy and have accumulated at least 12 credit hours in 799 research AND, either during or before candidacy, 12 credit hours in other appropriate research-based coursework, which has been approved by the graduate student’s program.
RequirementsHours
PY 792Introduction to Neurobiology (Summer before Year 1) 16
Year One
PY 653Foundations of Behavioral Neuroscience4
PY 716Introduction to Statistics and Measurement3
PY 716LLab for Introduction to Statistics and Measurement1
PY 717Applied Statistical Methods3
PY 717LLab for Applied Statistical Methods1
PY 756Research Seminar in Behavioral Neuroscience (Take Twice in Year 1)1
PY 756Research Seminar in Behavioral Neuroscience1
PY 798Predoctoral Degree Graduate Research1
PY 798Predoctoral Degree Graduate Research (Summer of Year 1)3-5
Year Two
PY 756Research Seminar in Behavioral Neuroscience (Take Twice in Year Two)1
PY 756Research Seminar in Behavioral Neuroscience1
PY 798Predoctoral Degree Graduate Research7
Four Psychology Electives 212
PY 798Predoctoral Degree Graduate Research (Summer of Year 2)3-5
Year Three
GRD 717Principles of Scientific Integrity3
PY 756Research Seminar in Behavioral Neuroscience (Take Twice in Year 3)1
PY 756Research Seminar in Behavioral Neuroscience1
PY 798Predoctoral Degree Graduate Research12
PY 798Predoctoral Degree Graduate Research1
PY 798Predoctoral Degree Graduate Research (Summer of Year 3)3-5
Year Four
PY 756Research Seminar in Behavioral Neuroscience (Take twice in Year Four)1
PY 756Research Seminar in Behavioral Neuroscience1
PY 799Doctoral Dissertation Research4
PY 799Doctoral Dissertation Research12
PY 799Doctoral Dissertation Research (Summer of Year 4)3-5
Year Five
PY 756Research Seminar in Behavioral Neuroscience (Take Twice in Year Five)1
PY 756Research Seminar in Behavioral Neuroscience1
PY 799Doctoral Dissertation Research12
PY 799Doctoral Dissertation Research4
PY 799Doctoral Dissertation Research (Summer of Year 5)3-5
Total Hours111-121

Dauphin Island

Prior to starting the first semester of courses, students attend a three week course held at the Dauphin Island Research Facility. This course introduces students to many of the basic techniques and issues in the field of neuroscience and is paid for by the department.