The doctoral program in neuroscience at VCU is an interdepartmental, integrated curriculum for graduate study leading to the Ph.D. degree in neuroscience. The program offers flexibility for students to train in a laboratory chosen among neuroscience faculty members in multiple departments who are exploring the fields of molecular, cellular, developmental, systems, behavioral and clinical neuroscience. The curriculum consists of a set of core courses and electives that are customized for each student to best complement their individual research interests. The program provides students with a core of knowledge of the basic structure and function of the central nervous system, while allowing maximum flexibility in the choice of advisers, electives and areas of research specialization. The neuroscience Ph.D. program prepares students to teach in the neuroscience disciplines at a university or academic health center, and is distinguished by its objective to prepare the student to function as an independent scientific research investigator.
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