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2018-2019 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jul 24, 2021
2018-2019 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Neural Engineering (NE) Track

Neural engineering is an exciting new field, which applies engineering techniques to understand, repair, replace, enhance, or otherwise exploit the properties of neural systems. The neural engineering track is designed to prepare the students for the fundamental understanding of both neuroscience and engineering principles.

This graduate track has a specific menu of courses to satisfy the “Life Science” and “Track Courses” requirement for the Ph.D.

Life Science Requirements:  neural track students are required to take one cellular level and one systems level neuroscience course to fulfill their life science requirement. 

For molecular neuroscience, choose between 1) NROSCI 2100  and NROSCI 2101  (Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology I and II, 8 credits) and 2) CMU 03-762 (Advanced Cellular Neuroscience, 4 credits); both are offered in the Fall.

For systems neuroscience, choose between 1) NROSCI 2102  (Systems Neurobiology, 6 credits) and 2) CMU 03-763 (Systems Neuroscience, 4 credits); both are offered in the Spring. 

Students without a biology background need to take basic biology courses (eg. BIOENG 2520 , Fall) before taking these advanced neuroscience courses. Students who have taken graduate-level equivalent neuroscience courses can petition to take other more advanced life science courses. These courses are typically taken at the first year. Students without a biology background will need to take remedial biology courses (eg. BIOENG 2520 , Fall) before taking NROSCI 2100 , NROSCI 2101  and NROSCI 2102 .


Track Courses Requirement:  please select at least three track courses from the following courses:


Elective Courses Requirement:  a minimum of 6 credits are required in this category. By taking the track-specific life science courses, (total of 14, or 12 or 10 credits, depending on which option you take) the students in this track would satisfy the 6 life science credits with extra credits that can be counted as elective credits.  Any additional graduate level courses approved by the advisor can be considered as electives.

Center for Neural Basis of Cognition (  the majority of NE track students are members of CNBC and participate in the CNBC graduate training program (  All three of the CNBC core courses can be considered track or elective courses.  If you are in CNBC, you must satisfy both BIOENG and CNBC requirements before graduation.

For more information, please contact the Track Coordinator, Professor Tracy Cui.  A list of faculty doing research in the area of neural engineering can be found at the Neural Engineering Program Web site (

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