The Neuroscience Specialization

Specialization Overview

In 1998 at Temple University, a university-wide interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience was approved and funded by the Provost’s Office to facilitate multidisciplinary interactions among faculty interested in neuroscience and to provide a Specialization in Neuroscience both at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The graduate program continues to be active. A Neuroscience Seminar Series includes Temple University faculty alternating as presenters with neuroscience faculty members invited from other universities. To facilitate university-wide participation, lectures alternate between the main and health sciences campuses. Students read recent articles by each speaker and meet with the speaker for journal-club style discussions. This gives students the opportunity to meet neuroscientists at Temple and from throughout the country. The Neuroscience Specialization will be awarded to students in the following departments: Biology, Pharmacology, Physical Therapy, and Psychology.

Learn more about the Neuroscience Specialization admission and requirements, and contact the Neuroscience Student Services Coordinator for application information.

Certificate in Neuroscience

Just recently approved, the Certificate in Neuroscience is for Ph.D. students interested in studying neuroscience in any department of the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Health Professions, College of Engineering, College of Science and Technology, and School of Medicine OTHER than Biology, Pharmacology, Physical Therapy, and Psychology, which for historical reasons are covered in the Specialization above. Upon successful completion of their departmental and Neuroscience Program requirements, students receive a Ph.D. degree in the discipline represented by their department with a Certificate in Neuroscience.

To receive a Certificate in Neuroscience a student must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Be a graduate student in good standing in a Temple University Ph.D. program.
  2. Meet all the obligations of the student’s participating department.
  3. Have one member of the Neuroscience Program on their dissertation committee.
  4. Attend and participate in the Seminars/Journal Clubs of the Neuroscience Program for 4 semesters by enrolling for 1 credit each of 4 semesters.
  5. Take two courses in each of the Neuroscience Specialization Areas:
  • Behavioral /Cognitive / Systems Neuroscience
  • Cellular/Molecular Neuroscience