NBB Graduate Program Courses

The expectations, requirements, and recommendations for making satisfactory progress toward completion of the graduate program in Neurobiology and Behavior (NB&B) are summarized here. Most students will enter the NB&B program in their second year at UCI following a year in the gateway Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (INP); although it is also possible to enter the program through a different gateway program, or directly in the first year.

1. Year-long core curriculum courses for a strong foundation in neurobiology.
2. Two quarters of teaching an undergraduate neurobiology lab.
3. Four advanced courses, which relate to the students’ specific research interests.
4. Participation in weekly NeuroBlitz departmental seminars, honing communication skills in science.
5. Attendance at the departmental colloquium series throughout the year.

Graduate Handbook

In their second year, students can begin taking advanced courses. Students are encouraged to satisfactorily complete at least two advanced graduate courses before advancing to candidacy and are required to complete at least four before the dissertation defense. With the consent of the graduate advisor, graduate courses from other departments (see samples at the end of this page) may satisfy part of this requirement if they are not primarily introductory or technically-oriented. Students are encouraged to begin taking advanced courses in their second year and are expected to maintain a GPA of 3.3 or higher.

The list of advanced courses is below – please click on the course title to download a sample syllabus.  Please note that several of these courses are taught in alternate years, and so check on the availability in a given year.

Fall Quarter:

206                 Molecular Neuroscience

230                 Epigenetics in Health and Disease (Wood, Yokomori)

231                 Clinical and Epidemiological Aspects of Neurodegenerative Diseases (Kawas)

247                 Programming in Neuroscience research (Stark)

254                 Molecular Neurobiology (Sumikawa)

257                 Statistics and Experimental Design (Fortin)

260                 Auditory Neuroscience (Cramer, Metherate, Middlebrooks) 

Winter Quarter:

220                 Neural Coding, Computation, and Dynamics (McNaughton)

221                 Scientific Communication (Stark, Wood)

232                 Regenerative Neurobiology (Blurton-Jones, Gandhi)

237                 Neurobiology of Aging (Cotman)

239                 Functional Imaging of the Nervous System (Frostig, Parker)

240                 Advanced Learning and Memory (Yassa, Guzowski)

255                 Perspectives in Neuroscience: Past, Present, and Future (Cahill) Download Sample Syllabus

Spring Quarter:

233                 Neurobiology of Drug Addiction (Fowler, Mahler)

236                 Cerebral Cortex (Frostig)

249                 BioElectronics (Parker)

292                 Scientific Proposals for Neuroscience Trainees (Cramer)

In addition, graduate students can take advanced graduate courses offered by other departments.  Relevant courses are found below:


MMG 230:                   Topics in stem cells

Anatomy 230:              Neurotrauma

Psych 205A:               Computational and Research Methods with MATLAB

PsyBehav P2665:       Memory and the Law

MolBiol 215:               Integrative Immunol

PhrmSci 272:             Drug Discovery