Learning Goals and Objectives

The overall goal of the Behavioral Neuroscience Doctoral Program is to provide students with both a broad and deep knowledge of physiological and biological factors that control and affect behavior.


The Behavioral Neuroscience Program provides training toward the PhD for approximately 20 students at a time. Through a close and personalized student-mentor relationship we try to instill in the student an appreciation for programmatic problem-oriented, rather than technique-oriented, research, and seek to produce sophisticated, versatile teacher/scientists. Faculties in the area represent a wide range of interests in Behavioral Neuroscience, making our program a particularly rich and diverse intellectual environment. Our core faculty conduct innovative research on motivated behavior, pain, auditory processing, and synaptic plasticity. Core faculty expertise is complimented by a number of adjunct faculty members that add intellectual breadth by participating in some program activities and serving on some student committees. 

Specific Goals and Objectives for PhD Students in Behavioral Neuroscience