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2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Interdisciplinary Graduate Minor in Neuroscience

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Minor in Neuroscience (IGMN) is an interdisciplinary University of Tennessee academic program established to recognize graduate students for completing the requirements of a minor in Neuroscience at either the Masters or PhD level. The Program enables a student to obtain a minor in Neuroscience simultaneously with a graduate degree in a participating department.

Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field of science. Faculty members from BCMB, Chemistry, Psychology, Child and Family Studies, Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Nursing and many other disciplines across the university are engaged in research and training that contribute to and enhance our understanding of the brain. Because modern Neuroscience demands computational and analytical skills that supplement an understanding of nervous system function, the IGMN program is designed to provide students seeking an advanced degree in one of the participating departments with additional knowledge and experience centered on Neuroscience research and computational analyses. For further information, see the description of the IGMN below or visit the IGMN website.

Campus Code

Knoxville Campus

Admissions Standards/Procedures

  • The student’s home department (i.e., the department in which the student is currently pursuing an advanced degree) must have approved a program of courses with the IGMN Program Committee prior to declaration of the IGMN minor.
  • That program will specify the Neuroscience courses, selected from the IGMN approved list, that are considered appropriate by the home department, and the home department must verify fulfillment of non-Neuroscience degree requirements.
  • Students wishing to participate in this program should contact their college representatives or the Chair of the IGMN Program Committee.
  • The student’s graduate committee must include a member of the IGMN faculty.

Credit Hours Required

9 graduate credit hours

Required Courses

  • Neurobiology course (BCMB 550 ; 3 credit hours),
  • A Neuropsychology elective (3 credit hours)
  • One elective course (3 credit hours) chosen from 
    • BME 511  
    • BME 574  
    • BME 590  (special topics course: Systems Neuroscience and Neurotechnology)
    • COSC 526  
    • COSC 527  
    • COSC 594   (special topic course: Computational Cognitive Neuroscience)
    • Check with Program Committee if additional electives are available.

Non-Course Requirements

  • The Workshop on Computational Neuroscience (see the IGMN website for details on material covered and scheduling).
  • The student’s Admission to Candidacy Application must contain all courses required for the chosen degree program delineated and labeled “Courses required for the minor in Neuroscience.”
  • Should the student decide not to apply for admission to the program until after completion of some of the courses, the student’s major professor should file a program change with the cooperating departments and assist the student in obtaining an IGMN faculty member to serve on the student’s graduate committee.
  • Successful completion of the graduate minor in Neuroscience is recognized by appropriate documentation on the student’s transcript.
  • Students who do not complete the requirements of the minor will still receive academic credit for the courses they have successfully completed.
  • For more information contact Dr. Bruce MacLennan (maclennan@utk.edu) or Dr. Rebecca Prosser (rprosser@utk.edu) or visit the IGMN website.