Behavioral Neuroscience

MS and PhD

Program Information

Program/Department Chair: Robert J. Hitzemann, PhD

Program length: 5-6 years

Admit by cohort: Yes

Authorized Award(s): PhD

Minimum number graded credit hours: 135 units

Minimum acceptable GPA: 3.0 GPA

Program Purpose Statement 

The aim of the Behavioral Neuroscience PhD Graduate Program is to provide basic science training in behavioral neuroscience with emphasis in the following areas: behavioral and molecular genetics, behavioral pharmacology, biological bases of addiction, learning and memory, and neurobiology of aging.


Student Learning Outcomes Statements

 All of our graduates will be able to:


  1. Apply appropriate theories and concepts to design and conduct independent, innovative research.
  2. Seek out and identify funding opportunities and write competitive grant applications.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the processes for funding and evaluation of research.
  4. Understand and apply responsible conduct of research guidelines relating to issues including, but not limited to, scientific integrity, plagiarism, confidentiality, copyright, ethics, consequences of misconduct, data handling, falsification, fabrication, authorship, and use of animal and human subjects.
  5. Justify one's own research to the funding bodies and promote the public understanding of one's research field.
  6. Seek out and secure opportunities to teach undergraduate and graduate students.
  7. Demonstrate original, independent, and critical thinking, and the ability to develop theoretical concepts.
  8. Produce material that is suitable for publication.
  9. Demonstrate knowledge of recent advances within one's field and in related fields.
  10. Effectively support the learning of others when involved in teaching, mentoring, or demonstrating activities.