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Graduate Studies

Apply to the Neurosciences Program

For more information and details on applying visit the Comparative Biomedical Sciences website.

About the Program

The Neurosciences Concentration at North Carolina State University is designed to prepare students for professional research and teaching careers in the area of neurobiology and to address animal and human health problems associated with the nervous system. Course work and laboratory research in the Neurosciences concentration emphasize studies on brain and behavior that span the range of molecular, cellular, tissue, and physiological aspects of the developing, adult, and aging central and peripheral nervous systems. Our faculty are spread across the university including the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine, Sciences, Engineering, and Agriculture and Life Sciences. Faculty are highly collaborative with expertise in developmental neurobiology, electrophysiology, neuroendocrinology, neurotoxicology, neurogenetics, and behavioral biology in both vertebrate and invertebrate model organisms. Ample collaborations exist with laboratories at UNC Chapel Hill, Duke, and agencies within the Research Triangle Park. As a land-grant university North Carolina State University provides a unique biomedical research environment, which is enhanced through seminars, symposia, and interactive workshops. Graduate research assistantships are available to qualified students who are successfully admitted to the CBS graduate program. Neurosciences graduates are well positioned to compete for positions in universities, pharmaceutical companies, and governmental institutions.

Required Courses

CBS/BIO 705 Fundamentals of Neuroscience

Fall (3 credits)

This is a fundamental course that will provide the student with an up-to-date coverage of molecular, cellular, physiological, and circuit-based aspects of Modern Neurosciences in the Comparative Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program. Being a graduate-level class, the instructors will assume that the students have acquired some background in basic biology and biochemistry. The most important goal of this course is to train PhD students in neuroscience function and disorders, preparing them for neuroscience research. Emphasis will be placed on the systems and skills needed to pursue experimental neuroscience activities. Important components of the learning process will be presentations from neuroscience experts, class discussions, exams and in class activities.

CBS/BIO 805 Special Topics in Neuroscience

Spring (1 credit, minimum 3 credits total for doctoral students; minimum 2 credits total for master’s students)

Topics in neuroscience. This course will provide an opportunity for students to integrate and apply knowledge and skills gained from their graduate neuroscience studies. Emphasis will be placed on primary literature, scientific practice, and on effective, professional communication and presentations. Exact topics and instructors will vary from semester to semester. Priority will initially be given to graduate students participating in the neuroscience concentration; other students with the necessary prerequisites will be admitted on a space available basis.

Elective Courses

Elective courses are selected by the student and mentor, and must be approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee. Possible elective course include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • BCH 701 Macromolecular Structure; Fall (3 credits)
  • BCH 703 Macromolecular Synthesis and Regulation; Fall (3 credits)


  • MB 714 Microbial Metabolic Regulation; Fall (3 credits)
  • MB 718 Introductory Virology; Fall alternate odd years (3 credits)
  • MB/IMM 751 Immunology; Spring (3 credits)
  • IMM/TOX 705 Immunotoxicology; Spring (2 credits)
  • IMM/CBS 755 Immunoparasitology; Spring alternate years (2 credits)
  • IMM/PO 757 Comparative Immunology; Spring alternate odd years (3 credits)
  • IMM/CBS/MB 783 Adv. Immunology; Fall alternate years (3 credits)
  • IMM/CBS 816 Adv. Topics in Immunology; Fall and Spring (1 credits)


  • CBS 770 Cell Biology; Spring (3 credits)
  • CBS 771 Cancer Biology; Fall (4 credits)
  • CBS 774 Epidemiol. of Inf. Dis. of International Importance; Fall alternate years


  • GN 701 Molecular Genetics; Fall (3 credits)
  • GN 702 Cellular and Developmental Genetics; Spring (3 credits)
  • GN 750 Developmental Genetics; Spring alternate years (3 credits)
  • GN/ST 756 Computations Molecular Evolution; Fall alternate years (3 credits)
  • GN/MB 758 Microbial Genetics and Genomics; Spring (3 credits)
  • GN/BCH 761 Adv. Molecular Biology of the Cell; Spring alternate years (3 credits)
  • GN/BCH 768 Nucleic Acids: Structure and Function; Spring alternate years (3 credits)
  • GN 810-xxx Special Topics in Genetics; Fall and Spring (1-6 credits)
  • BCH 705 Molecular Biology of the Cell; Spring (3 credits)


  • ST 501 Fundamentals of Statistical Inference I; Fall and Summer (3 credits)
  • ST 701 Statistical Theory I; Fall (3 credits)


  • BIT 815 Advanced Topics In Biotechnology; Summer (1-6 credits)