Entering graduate students will follow the core curriculum of their home departments in either Biology or Brain and Cognitive Sciences (BCS); refer to each program's website for current information on course offerings and other program requirements. Each program provides ample elective course choices, giving students flexibility in designing a personalized curriculum to meet their educational goals.
MCN Core Subjects
Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience Core I, Graduate (Fall), 7.65/9.015
Survey course and primary literature review of major topic areas in molecular and cellular neurobiology. Covers neurogenomics, nervous system formation, axonal pathfinding, cytoskeletal regulation, synapse formation, neurotransmitter release, and cellular neurophysiology. Includes lectures with student presentations and discussion of primary literature.
Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience Core II, Graduate (Spring), 7.68/9.013
Survey course and primary literature review of major areas of cellular and molecular neurobiology. Covers neurotrophin signaling and cell survival, neuronal and homeostatic plasticity, basic circuit formation, molecular features of sensory processing, and neurological/psychiatric disease mechanisms. Includes lectures with student presentations and discussion of primary literature.
Students in both departments have access to a broad palate of elective coursework, including coursework in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience, Genetic Neurobiology, Developmental Neuroscience, Systems Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Disease, Neural Plasticity, Neuroanatomy, Biochemistry, Genetics, Neurotechnology, Neuropharmacology, Neurobiology of Aging, Cellular Neurophysiology, Cell Biology, and Development and Evolution.
Additional neuroscience courses are often offered in other departments as well. The full listing of MIT courses can be found in the MIT Catalog.