Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate Program
VCU's graduate program in Neuroscience
provides an integrated interdisciplinary course of graduate study
in the neurosciences while retaining the benefits of training in
the more traditional basic science disciplines.
The program is a joint effort involving four departments:
- Pharmacology and Toxicology
Once admitted into the program, students in their first year complete
courses in physiology, biochemistry and neuroanatomy. In addition,
students take an introductory neuroscience course, attend research
seminars and carry out a neuroscience laboratory rotation. These
core studies establish a foundation for future study. At the end
of the first year, students in the neuroscience program select a
faculty adviser and matriculate into that adviser’s home department.
The second year of study is tailored to the Ph.D. requirements of
the adviser's home department and provides more specialized training.
At the end of the second year, neuroscience students take written
and oral qualifying exams for advancement to candidacy. Each student
must conduct an original research project, prepare a written dissertation
and defend his/her dissertation research in a final oral examination.
Completion of the program, usually within
four years, culminates in a Ph.D. degree from one of the above
four departments. While neuroscience research at VCU spans a wide
range of topics, the school has particular strengths in drug and
substance abuse, epilepsy, neural trauma, visuo/motor systems and
neurotransmission/signal transduction research.