An undergraduate concentration in biological sciences, biophysics, chemistry, engineering, computer science, physics, neuroscience and behavior, experimental psychology, or even philosophy and other subjects that help develop critical thinking skills can provide a foundation for Ph.D. training in neuroscience. While preparation at the undergraduate level in biological sciences, chemistry, physics and mathematics can be useful and even essential in many areas of neuroscience, the program recognizes that some outstanding students may have focused their collegiate studies in areas other than the basic sciences. Students interested in molecular and cellular neuroscience may have very different academic backgrounds than those interested in cognitive neuroscience. Aside from the basic coursework mentioned above, other useful courses therefore may include animal behavior, biochemistry, cell biology, cognitive psychology, genetics, statistics, computer programming and modeling, certain areas of engineering, physical chemistry, and, of course, neuroscience. Candidates may fill gaps in their scientific background after admission by taking appropriate courses while in the graduate program.
Applicants are required to submit a college transcript, the results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), a personal statement, and three letters of recommendation. One subject section of the GRE in the applicant's undergraduate major is recommended. Foreign applicants from non-English speaking countries are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination. If you wish to waive the TOEFL requirement please explain why and send your letter of request to the Office of Graduate Affairs at the address below. The code for both GRE exams and TOEFL is 2619.
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