IN Curriculum Requirements

Students must complete the departmental core graduate curriculum.

As part of this curriculum and with one additional course, IN students complete:

1. Psychology Department Breadth Courses (2* courses) 
*IN students will take two advanced courses within the Department of Psychology

2. Two of Four Core Neuroscience Courses (Cellular, Behavioral, Systems, Molecular) 
It is suggested that most students take at least Cellular and Behavioral, but we understand that needs depend on research focus.

IN students are also encouraged to take additional advanced courses. The IN program offers the following advanced courses. All of these courses will not be offered every year.

Biological Rhythms and Behavior (Psyc 33960)

Neural Oscillations (Psyc 37150)

Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (Psyc 36100)

Color Vision (Psyc 32000)

Perception and Action (Psyc 33700)

Spoken Language Processing (Psyc 35750)

The Empathic Brain (Psyc 33300)

Attitudes & Persuasion (Psyc 46100)

Social Cognition (Psyc 34700)

Physiology of Vision (Psyc 35000)

Seminar: Skill Acquisition and Vision (Psyc 39000)

Sensorimotor Learning (Psyc 33750)

Developmental Human Neuroscience (Psyc 43150)

Attention (Psyc 38300)

Advanced Cognitive Neuroscience (Psyc 38760)

Neuropsychopharmacology (Psyc 36901)

Human Memory (Psyc 37400) or LM&C

Stereotyping and Prejudice (Psyc 35950)

Advanced Topics in Behavioral Genomics (Psyc 36661)

Seminar in Chronobiology (Psyc 42750)

Speech Perception (Psyc 32600)

Vision (Psyc 39000)

Translational Research in Social Neuroscience (Psyc 45660)

Psychophysiology (Psyc 41210)

Trial Research Project

Each student completes a Trial Research Project under the guidance of a faculty advisor. This is a significant piece of research carried out over a 12-month period. Both written and oral presentations of the research are required. The written report is due during Spring Quarter of the second year. The oral examination will also probe the students’ breadth and depth of knowledge associated with the completed coursework.

Doctoral Dissertation

The Doctoral Dissertation is an independent research project carried out under the guidance of a faculty Dissertation Committee with at least four members. At least two members of the committee, including the chair, must be in the Integrative Neuroscience program; a third member must be in the Department of Psychology. The chair of the committee typically is the primary research advisor. A written dissertation proposal is presented to the committee in advance of an oral Proposal Hearing.

A student is admitted to Ph.D. Candidacy after successfully completing (i) all course requirements, (ii) written and oral presentations of the Trial Research Project, and (iii) an approved dissertation proposal (including oral defense).

The doctoral dissertation is submitted to the dissertation committee prior to a final oral defense (the “final oral examination”). The dissertation committee plus an outside reader, who may be a faculty member at the University of Chicago or a scientist at another institution, administer the final oral exam. The committee members and reader evaluate the dissertation in private after the oral exam. At most one abstention or vote to disapprove is allowed among the committee members and reader; all others must approve the dissertation to satisfy the requirements for the Ph.D. degree.