Application Deadlines
Fall:January 15
Winter:January 15
Spring:January 15
Summer:January 15
Contact Information: 
192S ESC
Program Requirements: 

Course work and research that emphasize the integration of cellular neuroscience, molecular biology, developmental biology, biophysics, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neuroendocrinology, neuroimmunology, cognition, and behavioral neuroscience is offered through this PhD degree program. Students are required to develop a strong background in the principles of neuroscience and develop the intellectual background and technical expertise necessary for successful research projects in their area of specialization. Publication of the research in peer-reviewed journals is expected but not required.  

Requirements for Degree

  • Credit hours: 56 hours, including 18 hours of dissertation (Neuro 799R).
  • Students who have earned a master’s degree must complete at least 36 semester hours of additional graduate work at BYU beyond the master’s degree.
  • Required courses:
    • Bio 503 Research Orientation 1.0
    • Cell 570 Responsible Research Conduct 1.0
    • Neuro 601 Cellular Neuroscience 3.0
    • Neuro 602 Behavioral Neurobiology 3.0
    • Neuro 649R Laboratory Research 2.0
    • Neuro 689R Practicum in Neuroscience Teaching or Research 2.0
    • Neuro 694R Research Presentation 3.5 (0.5 credits for 7 semesters)
    • Neuro 696R Neuroscience Graduate Seminar 3.5 (0.5 credits for 7 semesters)
    • Stat 511 Statistical Methods for Research 1 or equivalent 3.0
    • Neuro 799R Doctoral Dissertation 18.0
    • Electives 9.0
    • One semester (2 credits) of Neuro 649R must be performed in a laboratory different than the laboratory of the student’s graduate committee chair.
    • A seminar must be presented each year (Neuro 694R).
    • A professional development requirement must be met (Neuro 689R).
  • Dissertation: American Psychological Association format or journal publication format.
  • Examinations: (A) comprehensive written and oral examination; (B) defense of dissertation.
Admission Requirements: 

Required Tests

GRE (score of 1070)

Resume required

Document summarizing interest level, likely fit for the program, research interests, and desire to conduct graduate research with at least 3 specific faculty members in the program.

Program Outcomes: 

Knowledge of Neuroscience Concepts

Describe the current state of the discipline in their area of specialization as well as foundational theories, concepts, and practices of the field. Students will add new knowledge to their field through designing and conducting research procedures, collecting data, analyzing data, determining how new knowledge fits in with current understanding in the field, and disseminating their findings to the broader scientific community.

Professional Development

Develop professionally through research or teaching assistantships and presentation of their research (Neuro 694R).

Scientific Method and Research

Successfully apply the scientific method by generating a hypothesis, testing the hypothesis in their personal research that includes appropriate controls, and formulating defensible conclusions.

Critical Analysis and Effective Communication

Critically evaluate the current scientific literature in the discipline, write research proposals and papers, and make effective oral and written presentations. Publication of research in peer reviewed journals is strongly encouraged.


Hone teaching skills through presentation of their research and teaching practicums. Under the direction of a faculty mentor, teach in a formal class setting. Assess student learning and performance.

Program Stats

Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
Total Students 9
International 1
Female 4
Non-White 1
BYU Undergraduate 7
Three Year Average Test Scores of Admitted Student
GRE Composite Score 320.7
GRE Quantitative Score 159.4
GRE Quantitative Percentile 76.3
GRE Verbal Score 161.3
GRE Verbal Percentile 86.0
GRE Analytical Score 4.6
GRE Analytical Percentile 77.0
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 3.7
Graduated Per Year 2.0
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 5.4
Admitted Per Year 2.6
Percent Admitted 48.15
Average GPA 3.71