Year One (32 hours)

Fall
Probability, descriptive statistics, sampling distributions, null hypothesis testing, comparisons between means; tests on categorical data, bivariate and multiple regression. 4 hours.
Neural systems which control behavior will be studied, incorporating knowledge gained from neurobiological and psychological research. Topics will include synaptic communication, sensation and perception, movement, genetic influences on behavior, motivation, emotions, psychopathology, brain plasticity, and an extended module on learning. 4 Hours.
Discussion of current literature and presentation of ongoing research by students in the program. 1 hour.
Predoctoral research. 3 hours.

Spring
Use of analysis of variance and regression to test hypotheses in between- and within-subjects research designs including a single dependent variable and one or more independent or predictor variables. 4 hours.
Prerequisites: PY 716 (minimum grade: C).
Discussion of current literature and presentation of ongoing research by students in the program. 1 hour.
Predoctoral research. 3 hours.
Psychology elective. View the Psychology graduate electives at the UAB Course Catalog. 3 hours.

Summer

Year Two (29 hours)

Fall
Discussion of current literature and presentation of ongoing research by students in the program. 1 hour.
Predoctoral research. 3 hours.
Psychology electives. View the Psychology graduate electives at the UAB Course Catalog. 6 hours.

Spring
Discussion of current literature and presentation of ongoing research by students in the program. 1 hour.
Predoctoral research. 3 hours.
Psychology elective. View the Psychology graduate electives at the UAB Course Catalog. 3 hours.

Summer

Year Three (29 hours)

Fall
Discussion of current literature and presentation of ongoing research by students in the program. 1 hour.
Predoctoral research. 9 hours.

Spring
Discussion of current literature and presentation of ongoing research by students in the program. 1 hour.
Predoctoral research. 9 hours.

Summer

Year Four (29 hours)

Fall
Discussion of current literature and presentation of ongoing research by students in the program. 1 hour.
Dissertation research. 9 hours.

Spring
Discussion of current literature and presentation of ongoing research by students in the program. 1 hour.
Dissertation research. 9 hours.

Summer

Year Five (29 hours)

Fall
Discussion of current literature and presentation of ongoing research by students in the program. 1 hour.
Dissertation research. 9 hours.

Spring
Discussion of current literature and presentation of ongoing research by students in the program. 1 hour.
Dissertation research. 9 hours.

Summer

Graduate School course credit requirements for a PhD

If entering with a baccalaureate degree:

1. Completion of 48 credit hours of course work prior to candidacy
2. Up to 16 credits of the 48 can be as non-dissertation research credits
3.  Up to 10 credits can be as lab rotation, seminar, or directed study credits
4. Must complete at least two semesters in candidacy and accumulate at least 24 credit hours in 799 research, OR must complete at least two semesters in candidacy and have accumulated at least 12 credit hours in 799 research, AND, either during or before candidacy, 12 credit hours in other appropriate research-based coursework, which has been approved by the graduate student’s program.

B. If entering with a previous Masters degree appropriate to the PhD degree field:

1. Completion of 27 credit hours of course work prior to candidacy
2.  Up to 6 credits of the 27 can be as non-dissertation research credits
3.  Up to 6 credits can be as lab rotation, seminar, or directed study credits
4. Must complete at least two semesters in candidacy and accumulate at least 24 credits in 799 research, OR must complete at least two semesters in candidacy and have accumulated at least 12 credit hours in 799 research, AND, either during or before candidacy, 12 credit hours in other appropriate research-based coursework, which has been approved by the graduate student’s program.

Dauphin Island
Prior to starting the first semester of courses, students can voluntarily attend a three week course held at the Dauphin Island Research Facility.  This course introduces the incoming student to many of the basic techniques and issues in the field of neuroscience and is paid for by the department.

Possible Elective Courses

  • PY 793: Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PY 702: History & Systems of Psychology
  • PY 720: Human Neuropsychology
  • PY 751: Human Psychopharmacology
  • PY 755: Human Psychophysiology
  • PY 743: Methods in Neuroimaging
  • PY 724: Motor Control after Stroke and Neurological Injuries
  • PY 719: Multivariate Statistical Methods
  • PY 735: Psychology of Addiction
  • PY 791: Psychology of Eating Disorders
  • PY 787: Psychodynamics of Pain
  • PY 750: Psychopharmacology
  • PY 718: Research Design
  • PY 707: Sensation and Perception
  • PY 706: Sensory & Perceptual Processes
  • BY 616: Cellular Physiology
  • BY 520: General Endocrinology
  • BY 511: Molecular Genetics
  • BY 648: Psychoneuroimmunology
  • BME 648/748: Advanced MRI
  • BME 665,765: Computational Vision
  • BME 647,747: Medical Imaging: Advanced MRI
  • BME 664,764: Neural Computation
  • CB 755: Graduate Neuroanatomy
  • CH 461: Biochemistry 1
  • CH 462: Biochemistry 2
  • CH 561,564: Biochemistry I and II
  • CS 665: Neural Networks
  • MGE 700: Human Genetics
  • NBL 751: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
  • NBL 712: Graduate Medical Neuroscience
  • NBL 729: Mechanisms of Signal Transduction
  • NBL 755: Mind & Brain
  • NBL 730: Neurobiology of Disease
  • NBL 757: Synaptic Plasticity
  • NEUR 720: Developmental Neuroscience
  • NTR 718: Nutritional Biochemistry
  • PHR 701: Graduate Pharmacology I
  • PHY 701: Physiology for Graduate Students
  • VIS 747: Central Visual Mechanisms I
  • VIS 748: Central Visual Mechanisms II
  • VIS 728: Computational Neuroscience Methods
  • VIS 550: Electronics for Biologists
  • VIS 753: MRI for Biologists
  • VIS 754: MRI for Biologists Lab
  • VIS 747: Retina and Subcortical Systems
  • VIS 751: Retinal Morphology and Physiology