Program Format/Curriculum

Neuroscience BA or BS/MS Program at Wake Forest University

Neuroscience BA or BS/MS Program

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Neuroscience BA or BS/MS Program

Program Format/Curriculum

This is a challenging, five-year program for highly motivated students pursuing the Neuroscience Minor.  Therefore, students participating in the dual degree program must commit to being full time students.  Students will begin the program in the junior year.  To complete the program in the five-year time frame, students must begin research in the lab of their thesis mentor in the junior year.    Additionally, students in this program will have the opportunity to begin graduate level coursework by attending a Neuroscience Journal Club each semester.  Students will also attend the Neuroscience Seminars course for at least one semester during the junior or senior year.  The sequence of coursework and research is outlined below.

Years 1-4 as a Neuroscience Minor

All Neuroscience Minor requirements must be met by the senior year.

Dual degree students must include at least one of the following courses:
BIO 323 Animal Behavior (4)
BIO 346 Neurobiology (4)
BIO 352 Developmental Neurobiology (4)
BIO 364 Sensory Biology (4)

Note that these courses currently require other biology courses as prerequisites, and students should plan their schedules accordingly. Students who take more than one of these courses for the Neuroscience Minor will be in a stronger position when beginning Neuroscience Graduate Program courses. The recommended pre-health professions curriculum (which can be combined with any major) will also provide strong preparation for Neuroscience Graduate Program courses. 


MS Course Requirements in addition to the Neuroscience Minor (Years 3-4)

Neuroscience Journal Club (for example NEUR 781 Directed Journal Club in Sensory Neurobiology); 4 semesters (4)

NEUR 703/4        Seminars in Neuroscience (1)

Research (at least 3 semesters in addition to the requirement for the Neuroscience Minor)

Year 5

NEUR 701             Introduction to Neuroscience I  (5)

NEUR 702             Introduction to Neuroscience II (5)

NEUR 703/4          Seminars in Neuroscience (1)

NEUR 741             Quantitative Methods (3)

Elective (2-3)

Journal Club (for example, NEUR 781 Directed Journal Club in Sensory Neurobiology; 2 semesters (2)


MS Research Requirements 

Year 3

Fall Semester

  • Choose thesis/research advisor.
  • Learn basic research skills and approaches utilized in chosen lab (this semester will satisfy the research requirement for the Neuroscience Minor).
  • Begin to develop MS thesis project.

Spring Semester

  • Define thesis project.
  • Establish Advisory Committee (Advisor + 2 Neuroscience Faculty members) in accord with existing policy of the Biomedical Sciences M.S. Program.
  • Begin work on thesis project.

Year 4

  • Student completes a Project Proposal and presents the proposal to the student’s Advisory Committee. The committee’s acceptance of the proposal is necessary for Admittance to Candidacy.
  • Admitted to candidacy by the Dean of the Graduate School after recommendation by the Director of the Neuroscience Minor, Director of the Neuroscience Program and the advisory committee.
  • Continue research on thesis project (10 hours/week).

Summer Session

  • Thesis Research (at least 20 hours/week).

Year 5

  • Successfully complete an original investigation, which, while limited in scope, is deemed by the student’s advisor committee to be of publishable quality
  • Submit a written thesis to the Dean of the Graduate School at least four weeks prior to the proposed final examination date
  • Acceptance of the written thesis by an advisory committee
  • The final oral examination on the thesis must be passed at least ten days prior to graduation