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Neurobiology (Ph.D.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

The Department of Biology offers a doctoral program leading to a Ph.D. in Neurobiology. The program offers students a foundation in the study of brain structure, function, and behavior. First year coursework gives students a strong background in electrical and chemical signaling, brain circuits, experimental design, and data analysis. Students also complete a series of three lab rotations before beginning their dissertation projects. The program includes a weekly lunch and lecture series with speakers from across the country, providing all students with an extended network in the scientific community.

Why pursue a Ph.D. in Neurobiology?

The program faculty is highly interactive diverse. There are multiple opportunities for cross-lab research and mentoring.

The program is enriched by the UTSA Neurosciences Institute, which hosts annual research symposia, podcasts from world-renowned neuroscientists, and activities that promote research collaboration.

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 School Application: Yes

Test Scores: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from a recent (no more than five years old) administration of the examination.

Resume: Professional Résumé or Curriculum Vitae.

Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required from academic or professional sources familiar with the applicant’s background, attesting to the student’s academic and personal attributes for success in the program and potential for contributing substantially to a field of study related to the degree.

Statement of Purpose: Yes, a written personal statement/essay describing research interests and purpose for pursuing the Ph.D. in Neurobiology.

Minimum TOEFL/IELTS score (for International Applicants): International students must have a minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL Internet-based test, 600 on the TOEFL paper-based test, or 7 on the IELTS.

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

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

Research taking place in the Neurobiology (Ph.D.) program

Program faculty employ a wide range of research approaches and techniques that span the spectrum of the field, from molecular to cognitive neuroscience. Our highly interactive and diverse faculty maintain research programs with strengths in motivation, reward, and addiction, electrical signaling, computational neurobiology, language and auditory processing, neurodegeneration, CNS patterning and cell fate, and learning and memory.

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: Todd Troyer, Ph.D.
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Telephone: (210) 458-5487

Degree Website: Ph.D. in Neurobiology

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Funding Opportunities

  • The department offers competitive stipend support throughout a student’s tenure in the program. In addition, all tuition and fees will be paid. Entering students are 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 participation in the neurobiology Ph.D. program is considered a full-time activity. 

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