Prepare for Success
Acceptance into the University of Idaho Neuroscience Graduate Program is highly competitive. Neuroscience is a research-intensive field that demands exceptional analytical, investigative and problem-solving skills. If you’re interested in pursuing a degree in this newly emerging discipline, you should have a strong scientific background and an undergraduate degree related to one of the following three program focuses: neurobiology (biology), cognitive neuroscience (psychology) or computational neuroscience (computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics).
Your First Year
During your first year of the 32-credit master’s degree program (78 credits for a Ph.D.), you may be required to complete general background courses. For example, biology majors with little knowledge of computation would take at least one background course in computer science. All students, regardless of their area of specialization, will form an interdisciplinary foundation by completing the following core courses early in the program:
- Principles of Neurobiology
- Biological Signal Processing
- Cognitive Neuroscience
- Ethics in Science
- Statistical Analysis or Research Methods
Each master’s student will establish a graduate committee of at least three faculty members, and each Ph.D. student’s committee will consist of at least four. This committee will represent at least two of the three neuroscience disciplines (neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience, and computational neuroscience).