Neuroscience at The University of Chicago

The Graduate Program in Computational Neuroscience

Doctor of Philosophy

Students seeking the Ph.D. at the University of Chicago must be in full time residence for at least 16 quarters. During this time, students in Computational Neuroscience will take the nine required courses in the Computational Neuroscience curriculum; complete two laboratory rotations; and enroll for at least nine quarters of research. The required courses are typically taken in the first two years and arranged into three themes. The neuroscience theme presents the basic concepts and phenomena in neuroscience. The mathematics theme presents the quantitative techniques required for a modern analysis of the nervous system and behavior. The computational neuroscience theme illustrates how quantitative methodologies are used to understand neurons and behavior. Students can also take elective courses in computational neuroscience or related fields. Courses in engineering applications of computational neuroscience are also available through a course arrangement with the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology and may be used as electives.

Students must pass a preliminary examination with both written and oral components at the end of their second year. In addition to satisfying course requirements, students must write and defend a dissertation based on original and publishable research. Students are expected to participate in the on-going Computational Neuroscience Seminar series, as well as occasional workshops, that are conducted during their stay in the program.

Master of Science

Most students in the program are pursuing the Ph.D. However, students interested in obtaining a M.S. are considered on an individual basis. Interested students should contact the graduate program administrator at 773-702-6371.