The program provides students with both a broad knowledge of physiology and neuroscience as well as concentrated experience in one specific area of specialization. The department offers a variety of graduate courses including human physiology, membrane transport, intercellular communication, ion channels, and human neurophysiology, as well as seminar and special topics courses. While the department does not offer a Ph.D. in physiology and neuroscience, a continuation of graduate studies with our faculty-by students from this or any other graduate program-may lead to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree in Biomedical Sciences.
Programs of graduate study leading to a Master of Science in Physiology and Neuroscience provide students with a broad knowledge of physiology and neuroscience as well as concentrated experience in one specific area of specialization. The first two semesters involve 17 credit hours, which include required departmental and other courses determined in consultation with the student’s advisor. Research activities begin in the spring of the first year with a lab rotation. The second program year involves 13 credit hours with emphasis on research. Completed research is presented in written thesis form at the end of the second year, with a public oral defense.
The purpose of the master’s degree is to provide the student with a strong research-oriented background in one of several areas of physiology, biophysics, or neuroscience.
Format and assessment
A program of study is designed for each student by the student’s faculty advisor and an advisory committee. The second year is devoted almost exclusively to research and culminates in the writing and oral defense of a thesis based upon original research performed while enrolled as a graduate student at the university. The degree requires successfully completing a minimum of 30 credits of graduate-level course work offered by the College of Science and Mathematics and defending a research thesis.