Anatomy & Neurobiology Track

This doctoral program includes courses in Anatomy and Neuroscience within the Medical School curriculum as well as a number of advanced courses within our department and related departments at the Medical School. This program is designed to produce well-rounded biomedical scientists who expect to include teaching and research in their career portfolio.

Students are expected to complete 6 credits from the Basic Departmental Required courses, 18–20 credits from the Core Track Required courses, 6 credits from the Advanced Departmental Seminar courses, and 32–34 credits from Electives or Research.

Basic Departmental Required Courses (10 credits)

  • GMS AN 704, GMS MS 700 Experimental Design and Statistical Method/Elementary Biostatistics (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 801/802 Current Topics in Neuroanatomical & Neurobiological Sciences (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 715 Professional Skills for Students in the Biomedical Sciences (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 805 Vesalius Module Teaching Practicum (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 806 Teaching in the Biomedical Sciences (2 cr)

Core Track Required Courses (18–20 credits)

Students are required to take the following two courses:

  • GMS AN 703 Medical Neuroscience (4 cr)
  • GMS AN 718 Neuroanatomical Techniques (4 cr)

Students are required to take one of the following two courses:

  • GMS AN 700/MS 123 Medical Histology/Microscopic Anatomy (6 cr)
  • GMS AN 701/MS 122 Medical Gross Anatomy (8 cr)

Students are required to take one of the following three courses/course groups:

  • GMS AN 803 Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology (2 cr)
  • GMS BI 782 Molecular Biology (4 cr)
  • GMS BI 755 and 756 Biochemistry A and B (4 cr each semester)

Advanced Departmental Seminar Courses (6 credits)

The student is required to take 6 credits of Advanced Departmental Seminar courses offered by the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology. A course offered by another department in the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences may be used to partially fulfill this requirement if it is deemed relevant to the student’s research and is approved by the Graduate Education Committee.

Elective Courses

The student may take courses offered by the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology and/or courses offered by other departments on the Medical Campus to fulfill this requirement.

The Vesalius Certificate

The Vesalius Certificate is a four-course component of the MA in Anatomy & Neurobiology—Vesalius Program. Students typically start these courses after or alongside their first-year medical and graduate school courses.

The Vesalius Certificate is also available as part of the PhD program in Anatomy & Neurobiology and, with permission from the program director, to any student in the GMS program. For more information on how the program fits in with other degree programs see the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology site.

The certificate consists of four courses: one in educational neuroscience, one in the development of teaching skills in the biomedical sciences, followed by two practica courses that consist of one-on-one mentoring with experienced and award-winning faculty.

  • GMS AN 806 Teaching in the Biomedical Sciences (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 720 Introduction to the Neurobiology of Education (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 804 Structured Teaching Practicum (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 805 Mentored Teaching Practicum (var cr)

Students are required to take at least two of the following courses:

  • GMS AN 700 Medical Histology (6 cr)
  • GMS AN 701 Medical Gross Anatomy (8 cr)
  • GMS AN 703 Medical Neuroscience (4 cr)
  • GMS AN 811 Cognitive Neuroscience (4 cr)