Curriculum and Program Requirements
Fast Track Master's Program Information
The Fast Track Masters Program is available only to graduates of UMass Amherst who have worked as undergraduates in the lab of an NSB faculty member. Learn more about eligibility, graduate school admission and course requirements.
First day of classes: Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Last day of classes: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
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NEUROS&B 618 - Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience
Lecture: #14326 Tuesday & Thursday 1:00-2:15 PM - Room TBD
Lab: Thursdays 3:00 to 5:00 PM - Room TBD
4 credits • Coordinators: Dr. Kyle R. Cave & Dr. David Moorman
This is a core course required of all Neuroscience and Behavior Program Ph.D. and M.S. students. The purpose of the course is to provide students with an overview of neuroanatomy and systems neuroscience, with special emphasis on cognition, including perception, recognition, attention, memory, and motor control. Additional topics to be covered include sensory systems, circadian rhythms and sleep-wakefulness, reproductive and maternal behaviors, and long-term potentiation. Weekly lab sessions will focus on learning neuroanatomy by sheep brain dissection, neurohistology exercises involving examination of brain sections stained using different techniques, and methods in cognitive neuroscience, including EEG recording, brain imaging with functional MRI, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and eye tracking.
Required Textbook: Principles of Neural Science, 5th ed, Author: Kandel, Publisher: McGraw Hill, Edition: 5th, Year Published: 2012
Cognitive Psychology graduate students should register for Psych 618 (#14521)
Biology 791B Responsible Conduct of Research in the Life Sciences
Instructor: Dr. Christina Metevier
This seminar is designed to stimulate critical thinking about ethical research and to engage students in discussion regarding research ethics in the life sciences. Topics to be covered will include responsible conduct of research, workplace ethics, mentoring, publication practices and authorship, collaborative research, and the use of animals and humans in research. Students will participate in discussion, review case studies, and give an end of the semester presentation. The course is required of all first year Neuroscience and Behavior graduate students; however, it is open to all graduate students in the life sciences.
NEUROS&B 696, Independent Study
class schedule # 14321
NEUROS&B 796, Independent Study
class schedule # 14323
By Arrangement with Faculty Sponsor
Independent student research in neuroscience and behavior. The work is supervised by a faculty sponsor who determines direction of the project, reports required, grade and credit awarded. The project may consist of laboratory research, library research, or some combination of the two. Credit is variable (1-6 credits) and independent study may be repeated each semester. May be taken for a letter grade or graded Satisfactory (SAT). A SAT is similar to the undergraduate Pass (P) and is defined as passing for graduate credit. The SAT can be used toward graduation but does not calculate into the GPA (grade point average). Students signing up for their first independent study should select NSB 696; for subsequent independent study credits, select NSB 796.
NEUROS&B 699, Master's Thesis
class schedule #14322 (for NSB fast track master students and terminal master's students only)
Independent research and writing of master's thesis. Research carried out and reported under supervision of students research advisor as partial fulfillment of requirements for a Master of Science degree in Neuroscience and Behavior. No more than 10 credits may be applied towards a M.S. degree in NSB. Minimum credit, 1; maximum, 10.
NEUROS&B 899, Ph.D. Dissertation
class schedule #14324
Variable Credits 1-9 credits
Contact the department to register. NSB doctoral students may not register for NSB 899 until the doctoral comprehensive examination is passed. At this time the student should have chosen a dissertation topic and the Dissertation Committee should be formed by the student in consultation with his/her advisor. The committee must consist of at least four members of the graduate faculty, from at least two different departments, and including at least three NSB core faculty members. Committee members will be available for advising and consultation throughout the planning, execution, and writing of the dissertation.
GRADSCH 999, Continuous Enrollment
Graduate students not enrolled for any course credits but who are candidates for a degree, must pay a program fee each semester (excluding summer terms) for continuous registration until the degree for which the student has been accepted has been formally awarded. Deadline for enrollment under this option is the end of the add/drop period - February 2. Use SPIRE registration #17767 and the Bursar's Office will bill for the $275.00 Program Fee. This Bursar's bill will be due around mid-October. Any student who does not pay this fee by the deadline date and later seeks readmission or applies for graduation, shall pay the accumulated program fees plus a readmission fee of $125.00.
BIOLOGY 891A, Graduate Program Seminar
Wednesdays 4:00-5:15 PM, section 3
Attendance at the Spring 2015 Neuroscience & Behavior Program Colloquia. Researchers from other institutions present their work to faculty, postdoctoral students, graduate students, and undergraduate students. In this context graduate students learn about the latest developments in a range of fields and receive valuable exposure to different lecturing styles. Students registering for this 1 credit (pass/fail) are encouraged to read in advance the scientific reprint pertaining to the lecture.
Independent research and writing of master's thesis. Research carried out and reported under supervision of students research advisor as partial fulfillment of requirements for a Master of Science degree in Neuroscience and Behavior. No more than 10 credits may be applied towards a M.S. degree in NSB. Minimum credit, 1; maximum, 10
PSYCH 641, Statistical Inference in Psychology II
Lecture Section A: Monday-Wednesday-Friday 1:25-2:15 PM, schedule #14458
Discussion 1: Fridays 2:30-3:30 PM, schedule #14460
Lab A: Thursdays 4:00-5:00 PM, lab schedule #14459
Instructor: Andrew Cohen
Textbook: Research design & statistical analysis, Author: Myers, Well, Lorch, Publisher: Routledge, Edition: 3, Year Published: 2010
Lecture Section B: Mondays 1:25-2:15 PM, schedule #17865
Discussion B: Mondays 2:30-3:30 PM, schedule #17866
Lab B: Thursdays 4:00-5:00 PM, schedule #17867
Instructor: David Arnold
The goal of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the basic statistical concepts underlying data analysis and with a working knowledge of how to display data and conduct and interpret appropriate analyses. The Psych 640/641 deals with the description of data, probability, basic inferential concepts, and thorough coverage of analysis of variance, as well as the use of contrasts to test specific hypotheses, and bivariate correlation and regression.
Continuation of Psych 640. Introduction to analysis of variance and correlational techniques, related to the general
problem of inference in the social sciences. Psych 641 is most appropriate for students who took 640 during the fall semester.
STATISTC 501, Methods of Applied Statistics
Tuesday & Thursday 11:30-12:45 PM
Instructor: Michael Lavine
Prerequisites: Knowledge of high school algebra, junior standing or higher
Textbook: Statistical Modeling: A Fresh Approach, Author: Daneil T. Kaplan, Publisher: Project Mosaic, Edition: 2nd, Year Published: 2011
Description: MINITAB oriented statistical methods. Exploratory data analysis - population frequency distribution, empirical distribution, dot plots, stem and leaf plots, histogram quantities, interquartile range, box plots, sample mean, sample variance; Bivariate Data - side by side box plots, bivariate data, scatter plots, correlation coefficient, fitting a line to a bivariate data set (least squares method); Probability theory - sample space, events and their probabilities, random sampling, random variables and their distributions, expected value and variance of a random variable (discrete or continuous), the normal distribution; Sampling distribution - simple random sample, central limit theorem, sampling distribution of mean and proportion; Estimation and hypothesis testing for means and proportions - point estimation, interval estimation, testing hypotheses; Analysis of categorical data - multinomial experiments, chi-square goodness - of fit test, contingency tables; Analysis of variance - testing the equality of two or more ppopulation means; Linear and multiple regression - method of least squares, interpreting of computer output; Nonparametric Tests if time permits. Students are required to bring their laptop computers to classes for on site practice.
ELECTIVES & JOURNAL CLUBS
BIOLOGY 523, Histology
Lecture schedule #13540
3 credits, MWF 12:20-1:10 PM
Lab 1 - Tuesdays 1:00-4:05 PM, schedule #13541
or Lab 2 - Wednesdays 1:25-4:25 PM, schedule #13542
Dr. Elizabeth Connor
Office: 353 Morrill Science Center 4 South Wing
Course Website Histology is a study of cell structure and how it relates to the cell and organ function. The fine structor of cells, tissues, and organs is explored at the microscopic level and related to the physiology of the organ system. Tissues (nervous, muscle, connective, and epithelial) are explored in detail and their specializations are discussed in selected organ systems (circulatory, digestive, urinary, endocrine, and other glands, and lymphatic). Lab includes light microscopic identification of cells, tissues, and organs; related electron micrographs, introduction to microtechnique, demonstrations in the Electron Microscopy and Image Analysis facility. Group projects involving sectioning, staining, and immunohistochemistry. Students develop competency with light microscopy and are well prepared for coursework in graduate and medical school. Course assessment is based on exams, quizzes, and lab practicals, attendance and projects.
Textbook: Histology: A Text and Atlas: With Correlated Cell, Author: Ross and Pawlina, Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Edition: 6th, Year Published: 2010
BIOLOGY 550, Animal Behavior
Lecture schedule #13498
Tuesday & Thursday 11:30-12:45 PM
Lab 1: Tuesdays 1:00-4:05 PM, schedule #13559
or Lab 2: Wednesdays 1:25-4:25 PM, schedule #13560
Instructor: Dr. Melinda Novak
BIOLOGY 580, Developmental Biology
Lecture schedule #17838 - 3 credits
Tuesday & Thursday 2:30-3:45 PM
Instructor: Dr. Madelaine Bartlett
BIOLOGY 892G - Fish & Worm Journal Club
Location and schedule TBA
Instructor: Dr. Rolf Karlstrom
CHEM 756, Organic Synthesis
Lecture schedule #13700
3 credits, MWF 11:15-12:05 PM
Discussion - Tuesdays 6:00-9:00 PM, schedule #13722
Instructor: Dr. James Chambers
Important synthetic reactions, with emphasis on problems which may arise during organic synthesis. Develops students' ability to propose own syntheses of complex molecules. Prerequisite: CHEM 551 or consent of instructor.
KIN 697W, Current Issues in Neurorehabilitation
Lecture schedule #19511
3 credits, Fridays 9:05-12:00 PM
Instructor: Dr. Julia Choi
KIN 897R, Special Topics: Nonlinear Dynamics - Current Perspectives
Lecture schedule #19391
3 credits, Wednesdays 2:30-3:45 PM
Instructor: Dr. Richard Van Emmerik
NEUROS&B 891BN, Landmark Papers in Behavioral Neuroscience
Lecture schedule #18419
3 credits, Tuesdays 4:00-6:30 PM
Instructor: Dr. Jeffrey Blaustein
NEUROS&B 897A - Cognitive Science of Sleep Journal Club
Location and schedule TBA
Instructor: Dr. Rebecca Spencer
PSYCH 591CP, Critical Periods of Developmental Plasticity
Lecture schedule #19118
3 credits, Tuesday & Thursday 11:30-12:45 PM
Instructor: Dr. Joseph Bergan
PSYCH 891NE, Special Topics: Comparative Behavioral Neuroendocrinology
Lecture schedule #17956
1 credit, Monday & Wednesday 2:30-3:45 PM
Instructor: Dr. Luke Remage-Healey
PSYCH 891TD, Translational Developmental Neuroscience
Lecture schedule #19121
3 credits, Tuesday & Thursday 2:30-3:45 PM
Instructor: Dr. Jennifer McDermott