Graduate Courses

Course Code Course Name Semester Instructor
NSCI 6010
Physical Dimensions of Aging
Spring Dancisak
NSCI 6030 Neuroscience Seminar Fall, Spring Bowling
NSCI 6040 Trends in Neuroscience Fall, Spring Bowling
NSCI 6060 Behavioral Endocrinology Spring Dohanich, Wee
NSCI 6070
Neurobiology of Aging
Spring Cronin
NSCI 6110 Brain and Language Fall Howard
NSCI 6130 Sports Related Brain Injury Fall Juengling
NSCI 6150 Methods in Neuroscience Fall Clark
NSCI 6200
General Endocrinology
Spring Clark
NSCI 6220
Neural Engineering
Spring Moore
NSCI 6310 Cellular Neuroscience Fall Tasker
NSCI 6320 Systems Neuroscience Spring Schrader
NSCI 6330 Neurobiology of Learning and Memory Fall Daniel
NSCI 6340 Neurobiology of Disease Spring Cronin
NSCI 6350 Developmental Neurobiology Fall Clark
NSCI 6360
Topics in Cellular Neuroscience Fall Dotson
NSCI 6370
Molecular Neurobiology
Spring Huang
NSCI 6530 Psychopharmacology Fall Dohanich
NSCI 6550
Synaptic Organization of the Brain
Fall Schrader
NSCI 6900
Fall, Spring
NSCI 7100 Special Projects in Neuroscience Fall, Spring Staff
NSCI 7110 Graduate Neuroscience Fall Tasker
NSCI 7981 Research in Neuroscience Fall, Spring Staff
NSCI 9980 Masters Research Fall, Spring Staff
SCEN 7030 Anatomy and Physiology I Fall Dancisak
SCEN 7135 Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I Fall Dancisak
SCEN 7040 Anatomy and Physiology II Spring Dancisak
SCEN 7145 Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory II Spring Dancisak
CELL 6010 Cellular Biochemistry Fall, Spring
CELL 6030 Molecular Biology Fall, Spring staff
CELL 6080 Advanced Developmental & Cell Biology II Spring Jones
CELL 6110 Cells and Tissues Fall, Spring Boudaba
CELL 6111
Cells and Tissues Laboratory
Fall, Spring
CELL 6130 Embryology – Lecture & Lab Fall Han
CELL 6160 Developmental Biology Fall Chen
CELL 6210 Cellular Physiology Fall Cronin
CELL 6220
Microbiology Fall Mullin
CELL 6440 Advanced Molecular Biology Spring Staff
CELL 6750
Cell Biology Fall, Spring Dotson
PSYC 6090 Univariate Statistics I Fall Corey
PSYC 6110 Psychological Applications of Univariate Statistics II Spring Corey
PSYC 6130 Psychological Application of Multivariate Statistics
Fall Corey
EBIO 6080
Biostatistics and Experimental Design
Spring Van Bael

Note: Some of the above courses are offered every other year and this information can shift from semester to semester. To find out which courses are currently offered, visit the online class schedule. Go to the Tulane Registrar's web site, click on Schedule of Classes. Choose the correct semester, and click on School of Science and Engineering for courses offered through Cell & Molecular Biology, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Neuroscience, and Psychology. You will then be able to access class information from the various departments participating in the Neuroscience Graduate Programs.


Course Descriptions - Elective Courses held on the Main Campus (uptown)

Course descriptions are taken from each department website. Some descriptions are not available. Go to for the latest course descriptions.

NSCI 6010 Physical Dimensions of Aging (3)

Dr. Dancisak. This course is designed to introduce students to the physiological, behavioral, and cognitive changes associated with aging. In particular, we will focus on the effects of exercise on the aging human system. We will also discuss what it means to become older within a community, what can a person expect during the aging process, and what kind of control a person has over his/her aging body.

NSCI 6150 Methods in Neuroscience (3)

Dr. Clark. A lecture course exposing students to contemporary theories and techniques used by Tulane neuroscientists in their own research programs. The course is taught by faculty members representing several departments from both the Main Campus and the Health Sciences Center.

NSCI 6030 Neuroscience Seminar (1)

Mr. Bowling. Neuroscience Seminar meets approximately once per week. Local and visiting neuroscientists present their latest research. Seminars are held on both Uptown and Downtown campuses depending on speaker affiliation.

NSCI 6040 Trends in Neuroscience (1)

Mr. Bowling. This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to present and discuss research results from the literature or their own work. The course consists of a journal club, where students present papers taken from the neuroscience literature.

NSCI 6060 Behavioral Endocrinology (3)

Dr. Dohanich, Dr. Wee. An introduction to the roles of steroid and peptide hormones in physiology and behavior. Lectures focus on the hormonal mechanisms that control reproductive and regulatory functions in human and infrahuman species.

NSCI 6110 Brain and Language (3)

Dr. Howard. The goal of this course is to learn how the brain is organized to produce and comprehend language and to understand the linguistic disorders attendant on brain damage. There is an optional service learning component in which students can work with a speech therapist at a local healthcare provider.

NSCI 6200 General Endocrinology (3)

Dr. Vasudevan. This course explains the basics of hormone action and hormone interactions with their receptors, with an emphasis on the molecular mechanisms by which homeostasis is maintained in multicellular organisms. Physiological outcomes of hormone actions on different organs, as well as aberrant hormone action will be covered.

NSCI 6220 Neural Engineering (3)

Dr. Moore. In recent years, a number of technologies have been developed and utilized for probing the nervous system. This course focuses on microscale tools, technologies, and techniques employed for the control, manipulation, and study of the nervous system in vitro. Course material will be presented primarily by students who prepare presentations from extensive background literature review. A number of projects will be assigned as design challenges in which multiple interdisciplinary groups will research and present proposed solutions to the same challenge.

NSCI 6310 Cellular Neuroscience (3)

Dr. Tasker. Introduction to the basic principles of the neurosciences, including cellular and molecular neurobiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of simple invertebrate and vertebrate systems, neural development, neuropharmacology and synaptic organization of higher neural systems.

NSCI 6320 Systems Neuroscience (3)

Dr. Schrader. The subject of this course is the human nervous system, its anatomy, connectivity and function. Discusses the normal structure of the nervous system and the relationship of that structure to physiological function. The course is taught from a practical, clinical point of view and is intended to prepare students for further study in the neurosciences.

NSCI 6330 Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (3)

Dr. Daniel. An introduction to the neural mechanisms that control learning and memory. Lectures will cover the cellular basis of learning and memory as well as the neural structures and systems that mediate learned behavior.

NSCI 6340 Neurobiology of Disease (3)

Dr. Cronin. Advanced course on the higher neural functions of the nervous system and neurological diseases resulting from disruption of these functions. An emphasis is placed on the physiology of the nervous system and neural dysfunction caused by inherited and acquired diseases. Topics range from motor control and neuromuscular diseases to high cognitive function and dementia.

NSCI 6350 Developmental Neurobiology (3)

Dr. Clark. A broad overview of the different stages of neural development. Examination of the molecular aspects of developmental neurobiology, with reference to some important signaling pathways involved in neural growth and specification. Particular attention will be given to those active research fields, such as growth cone guidance and collapse and activity-dependent development, and applications of these to injury and disease.

NSCI 6360 Topics in Cellular Neuroscience (0)

Dr. Dotson. Intended for Graduate students only in NSCI 6310 Cellular Neuroscience. Journal club course intended as a supplement to Cellular Neuroscience in order to receive graduate credit for Cellular Neuroscience. Meets once a week for one hour. Students prepare and give oral presentations of topical papers from literature. Grade received contributes to final grade in Cellular Neuroscience. 

NSCI 6370 Molecular Neurobiology (3)

Dr. Huang. Introduction to the molecular biology of neurons and neuronal functions. Topics of study will include: the molecular composition of nerve cells, and how this provides a basis for their functional properties; their synaptic connectivity; how they receive, transmit, and retain information at a molecular level. Studies will focus on current research in the field of molecular neurobiology.

NSCI 6500  Advanced Molecular Neurobiology (3)

Staff. This course provides detailed description and in-depth discussion of current techniques and experimental topics in the field of molecular neurobiology.

NSCI 6550 Synaptic Organization of the Brain (3)

Dr. Schrader. The goal of this course is to discuss and understand functional connections within and between areas of the brain to lead to a greater understanding of brain function and behavior. We will focus on limbic and memory systems. A strong emphasis will be placed on in-class discussions and student presentations to enhance critical thinking and oral presentation skills.

NSCI 6530 Psychopharmacology (3)

Dr. Dohanich. An introduction to the effects of psychoactive agents on the nervous system. Lectures emphasize the mechanisms by which drugs regulate neurotransmitter systems to alter psychological and physical states.

NSCI 7100 Special Topics in Neuroscience (1-6)

Staff. This course is designed to allow students freedom in designing their program of study. Under this course designation, a student can, with the approval of the advisor, design and name a specific course that is appropriate to a specific program of study and that can be utilized by other students. Often under these circumstances the course is referred to as “independent studies.” NSCI 7100 allows registration for courses offered elsewhere that are approved by the advisor and/or Neuroscience Program director. New courses sometimes are offered first through NSCI 7100. Smaller courses derived from larger neuroscience courses that are formally designed can also be registered for under NSCI 7100.

NSCI 7110 Graduate Neuroscience (3)

Dr. Tasker. This course is designed to present information about neuroscience to graduate students. The focus is on molecular and cellular neurobiology, with blocks on neurophysiology, synaptic physiology, neurotransmitter receptors and their signal transduction mechanisms, learning and memory, and the basic processes of neural development.

NSCI 7981 Research in Neuroscience (1-3)

Staff. Laboratory research for graduate students.

NSCI 9980 Masters Thesis Research

Staff. Laboratory research for M.S. students completing their thesis. Non-graded.

SCEN 6030 Anatomy and Physiology I

Dr. Dancisak.  The course objectives are to learn to identify the principal components of the musculoskeletal, peripheral nervous, and central nervous systems and to be able to relate the structures and their functions.

SCEN 6040 Anatomy and Physiology II

Dr. Dancisak.  The first of two sequenced laboratory courses that complements SCEN 6045. Discussion of anatomical nomenclature, skeletal, muscular, peripheral and central nervous systems dissections. Dissection and exploration of human cadavers are an integral component of the laboratory experience.

SCEN 6035 Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I

Dr.Dancisak.  The second of two sequenced courses intended to address human anatomy and physiology. This course explores the respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic and reproductive systems.

SCEN 6045 Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory II

Dr. Dancisak.  The second of two sequenced laboratory courses that complements SCEN 6035. Systems covered included: autonomic nervous system, special senses, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. Dissection and exploration of human cadavers are an integral component of the laboratory experience.

CELL 6010 Cellular Biochemistry (3)

Dr. Abboud. Structure and function of biological molecules, energetics, metabolism, synthesis of macromolecules and assembly of structures.

CELL 6030 Molecular Biology (3)

Staff.  Introduction to theory and applications of molecular biology.

CELL 6080 Advanced Developmental and Cell Biology II (3)

Dr. Jones. Lectures, readings, and discussion of the literature in the fields of cellular, developmental, and molecular biology.

CELL 6110 Cells and Tissues (4)

Dr. Boudaba.  Emphasis on modern techniques and their applications to research on cell and tissue structure, physiology, and biochemistry. Lectures and laboratory.

CELL 6130 Embryology (4)

Dr. Han. Anatomical study of developmental processes in humans. Lectures and online laboratory.

CELL 6160 Developmental Biology (3)

Dr. Chen. The origin and development of form and patterns in organisms. Recent investigations and research methodology on the processes of growth and differentiation are stressed.

CELL 6210 Cellular Physiology (3)

Dr. Cronin. A survey of vertebrate anatomy and physiology emphasizing the cellular and molecular basis or organ function. This course emphasizes modern experimental approaches for exploring physiological function of a variety of organ systems.

CELL 6440 Advanced Molecular Biology (3)

Staff. Current topics in molecular biology with emphasis on higher-order chromatin structure and transcription, mutability, and DNA repair mechanisms in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Other topics include: Nuclear hormone receptors, HOX gene activation in development, RNAi, and genome organization.

CELL 6750 Cell Biology (3)

Dr. Dotson.  Fundamental properties of eukaryotic cells and the physiology of cellular components. Emphasis on modern biological approaches and the interaction between cells and their environment.

PSYC 6090 Univariate Statistics I (3)

Dr. Corey,  Selected topics relating to methodological or quantitative aspects of psychological research are examined. Examples of topics include non-parametric statistics, computer applications in mathematical models of behavior, problems in design of multivariate analyses, Monte Carlo solutions to quantitative problems, and least-squares approaches.

PSYC 6110 Psychological Applications of Univariate Statistics II (3)

Dr. Corey. An intermediate-level course in statistics designed to meet the needs of beginning graduate students and those undergraduate students who plan to undertake graduate work in psychology. Emphasis is placed upon design of experiments and interpretation of research results.

PSYC 6130 Psychological Applications of Multivariate Statistics (3)

Dr. Corey. Prerequisite: approval of instructor. Design and analysis of experiments in the behavioral sciences involving multiple predictor and criterion variables. Extensive use is made of Tulane computer facilities but no programming knowledge is required.

EBIO 6080 Biostatistics and Experimental Design (3)

Dr. Van Bael.  This course will teach students how to interpret statistical data in an evolutionary and ecological context. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding the nature of ecological field experiments, and experimental design. In addition, issues regarding how ecological and evolutionary analyses are perceived in the public media will be discussed. We will cover statistical methods for dealing with such problems (regression, correlation, ANOVA, etc.), and also read papers in ecological and evolutionary journals that highlight statistical issues. The class is designed for students who have not had prior experience with statistics.

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