Core Courses

NS200: Introduction to Neuroscience. Essential Concepts & Methods
Description: This course will include lectures on basic methods used for neuroscience research, laboratories that demonstrate these methods and conferences that discuss their applicability and caveats. The course is designed to prepare our entering students for laboratory rotations and the core course. The material presented should also help them understand seminars and journal clubs.
Offered: Every fall

NS201A: Basic Concepts in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
Description: An interdisciplinary introduction to fundamental aspects of nervous system function. The course emphasizes the ionic and molecular basis of excitability, synaptic transmission and signal transduction.
Offered: Every Fall

NS201B: Basic Concepts for Cellular and Developmental Neuroscience
 Introduction to fundamental aspects of nervous system development, including neural determination, axon guidance, and neuron-target interactions, and overview of basics of integrative neural function, including sensory, motor and limbic systems, and computational neuroscience.
Offered: Every Winter

NS201C: Introduction to Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience
Description: An overview of basic cell biology and neural development. Topics will include membrane trafficking, neuronal cytoskeleton, axon guidance, synapse formation, cell cycle, neuronal cell fate determination, neuronal stem cells, and patterning of the vertebrate brain.
Offered: Every Spring

Advanced Courses

NS221: Current Topics in Neuroscience
Description: Students will read and discuss papers related to the current week’s formal Neuroscience Seminar series, attend the seminar, and meet with the speaker.
Offered: Every Year (Year long course: fall, winter and spring)

NS248: Analysis of Neural and Behavioral Data
Description: Lectures, critical discussions, and problem solving using Matlab. Topics will include: probability, descriptive statistics, binomial and poisson processes, analysis of spike trains, and analysis of dynamic neural and behavioral data. Previous Matlab experience strongly suggested.
Offered: Every two years (next offered in Fall 2018)


NS219: Topics in Basic or Translational Neuroscience (Mini Courses)
Info for each course will be listed once available.
Offered: Every Year (Fall, winter and spring)

NS219: Neuroinflammation
Description: TBA

NS219: Introduction to computer-aided design (CAD)
Description: We'll introduce the basics for designing parts and assemblies in a 3D Cartesian space. The latter part of the course will focus on personal designs for the students' projects as well as focus on design rules for building FDM 3D printed parts.

BMS214: Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research
Description: TBA
Coordinator: Ulluminair Salim
Time/Dates: TBA
Location: TBA

Approved Alternate Courses

The following courses are approved as alternatives to the Neuroscience advanced courses. Students who take a course listed below may count that course toward the 4 total required advanced courses.

  • Biophysics 203: Foundations of Mathematical Biology
  • Genetics 200A
  • Biochem 200A: Macromolecules
  • Biochem 201: Bioregulation
  • Biochem 246: Developmental Biology
  • Chemical Biology (Chem 243)
  • Cellular Biophysics (Biophysics 201)
  • Molecular & Cellular Immunology (Micro 204)
  • BMS 225A: Biology of Human Tissues and Organ Systems, Part I
  • BMS 225B: Biology of Human Tissues and Organ Systems, Part II
  • BMS 255: Basic Genetics & Genomics

Additional Courses

Approval required from the Curriculum Committee for these courses to fulfill an advanced course requirement.

UCSF Courses
PIBS and non-PIBS courses are offered through the graduate school. Neuroscience students may register for these courses.

UC Courses: Intercampus Exchange
The University of California Intercampus Exchange program allows graduate students to take courses on another campus of the University while remaining registered on the home campus.

San Francisco Consortium 
UCSF students may take advantage of a cross-registration system among four member colleges and universities that make up the San Francisco Consortium: the University of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, UC San Francisco, and Hastings College of the Law.

Stanford Exchange
A regularly enrolled, full time, matriculated student of a member institution may register for courses offered by Stanford University. No cost to the student or institutions is involved.