Biology: Neurobiology (Ph.D.)
Basic Degree Information/Description
The Department of Biology offers a doctoral program leading to a Ph.D. in Biology with an emphasis in Neurobiology. The program provides students comprehensive education and training. Neuroscience faculty members in the Department of Biology are actively involved in laboratory research seeking understanding into the function of the nervous system in areas of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurodevelopment, molecular neurobiology, biophysics, imaging, and neural modeling.
Why pursue a Ph.D. in Neurobiology?
- Researchers at UTSA engage in the study of the nervous system from molecules to behavior.
- We have state-of-the-art laboratories and core resources.
- National reputation in quantitative neurobiology and synaptic plasticity.
Admission Requirements and Prerequisites
Admission requirements and prerequisites: For more specific requirements, please visit the Online Graduate Catalog.
Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
Graduate Studies Application: Yes
Department Application: No
Test Scores: General GRE Required
Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required.
Statement of Purpose: Yes: statement of future plans
Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 600 paper/100 Internet Based Test
Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 7
Additional Requirements: International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.
Full-Time or Part-Time Attendance Requirement: Full-Time
Graduate Advisor of Record: Nicole Wicha, Ph.D.
Email Address: Nicole.Wicha@utsa.edu
Telephone: (210) 458-7013
Degree Website: Ph.D. in Neurobiology
Degree Catalog Link: http://www.utsa.edu/gcat/chapter6/COS/biodept.html#phdb
Career Options Available for a Ph.D. in Neurobiology Graduate
- Academic (University & Colleges, Med. Research Centers): Research, teaching, and administration
- Private Industry (Biotech, Pharmaceutical firms, Medical supply and diagnostics): Research, sales, administration, and service
- Government (NIH, VA): Research and administration
- Current stipend support is $26,000 in the form of research stipend or teaching assistantships. In addition, all tuition and fees will be paid. Entering students will be encouraged to apply for National Science Foundation as well as National Institutes of Health pre-doctoral fellowship support. For qualified students, the Minority Biomedical Research Support Program supports stipend, tuition and fees, health insurance, and travel to scientific meetings.
Course Scheduling and Offerings
- This program is housed on UTSA’s Main Campus.
- Courses and research activities are primarily offered during the day, but opportunities for evening work are available.
Research taking place in the Neurobiology (Ph.D.) program
Neuroscience faculty members in the Department of Biology are actively involved in laboratory research seeking understanding into the function of the nervous system in areas of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurodevelopment, molecular neurobiology, biophysics, imaging, and neural modeling. Using state-of-the-art tools for uncovering the secrets of the brain, research at UTSA contributes to our understanding of neuropathologies including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, and epilepsy.