Academic Programs

StudentsFAU Jupiter campus offers undergraduate and graduate courses in several programs through the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College.

Graduate Programs

Integrative Biology and Neuroscience at FAU & MPFI Ph.D.
The Integrative Biology and Neuroscience (IBAN) program is a Ph.D. in Integrative Biology with an emphasis in Neuroscience. Comprehending the full function of the brain, in health and disease, requires the understanding of sub-cellular processes in single neurons, signal integration by the brain and cognitive function. The neuroscience faculty in the IBAN Program will tackle many of the cutting edge questions in neuroscience through the integration of multiple disciplines, different model systems and a broad spectrum of technologies. Faculty will provide the formal course work and the staff of excellent core facilities will provide practical workshops in advanced methods that will be available for all neuroscience students. The first year curriculum includes classroom and laboratory instruction in cellular, molecular, and systems neuroscience, courses in scientific communication and statistics, and laboratory rotations with select faculty from MPFI, FAU, Scripps Florida, and Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies.

Integrative Biology Ph.D.
Integrative Biology is a multidisciplinary doctoral program of the Department of Biological Sciences of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science with the participation of other departments and colleges at Florida Atlantic University. Integrative Biology refers to cross-disciplinary, multilevel approaches to education and research in biology and other science areas. Achieving an understanding of biological phenomena through scientific inquiry is becoming increasingly cross-disciplinary. The program takes advantage of current faculty strengths in biological sub-disciplines such as ecology & environmental sciences, marine biology, neuroscience as well as molecular, cellular and developmental biology to provide academic leadership and mentor graduate students. The course of study for individual students will be built around core courses in Integrative Biology, Scientific Communication, and Statistics. The course of study will also include elective courses relevant to the student’s research interests, seminar courses and dissertation research.

Masters Degrees in Biology
The Biology Department of Florida Atlantic University offers two Masters degrees: M.S. and M.S.T. The program is tailored to the needs and interests of the student, in five areas: Biotechnology, Microbiology, Ecology, Marine Biology, and Environmental Sciences. Students may enroll on a full or part-time basis; all receive guidance from a faculty advisor. Normally, the degree is completed within two years full-time or four years part-time. A Masters degree in biology prepares students for graduate study in Ph.D., health profession programs, teaching, research, or careers in business or government.

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science with Major in Neuroscience and Behavior
The Department of Psychology and the Department of Biological Sciences jointly administer the Neuroscience and Behavior major. The major provides undergraduate preparation for students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in all areas of neuroscience and/or behavioral biology, or in pursuing professional degrees in medicine or veterinary medicine. The student elects an emphasis in Behavioral Neuroscience, Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience, or Ethology and Comparative Psychology. Qualified students are strongly encouraged to become involved in neuroscience-related research projects (normally via a Directed Independent Study or special research course). A minimum of 120 total credits (including degree and university mandated courses) are required.

Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Biology
This degree is recommended for students planning to be professional biologists in industry or governmental service or for graduate work in the biological sciences. Students interested in the following areas should pursue the BS degree in Biology: Premed/Pre Professional, Marine Biology, Ecology, Zoology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology or Biotechnology. The current Bachelor of Science in Biology (BS) consists of a three tier system. All students who are interested in the BS degree in Biology must complete all of the courses in Tier I. A total of 27 credits must be completed between Tiers II and III. (A minimum of 12 credits must be completed from Tier II). Please check with the department of biological sciences if you have further questions. Students working towards the BS in Biology can choose from the below areas of emphasis.

Honors Program in Biological Sciences
The Department of Biological Sciences has developed the Introduction to Honors Program in order to guide students through the process of getting involved in research. This program will help students who are interested in research but who do not know how to, identify appropriate resources to gain a meaningful research experience. We provide guidance and facilitate the process of finding a research mentor by bringing researchers to talk to the students. We also cover other topics such as Ethics in Science, Intellectual Property, how to keep a lab notebook, etc.

Summer Research Experiences in Jupiter

The John Nambu Memorial Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program
These are exciting and once-in-a-lifetime chances to perform research in sophisticated neuroscience labs while expanding your scientific expertise, networking, critical thinking skills, reasoning and troubleshooting abilities. Six labs, including those of Drs. Ken Dawson-Scully, Tanja Godenschwege, Kailiang Jia, Greg Macleod, Rod Murphey and Bob Stackman are each seeking an additional undergraduate student in the summer to perform research focused on neuroscience. Please explore our web site to find if one of these professors’ research interests you. The successful six undergraduate candidates will work full-time in the lab and spend at least one hour per week with the fellow undergrads in the program and a faculty mentor delving deeper into the scientific experience. Juniors are especially encouraged to apply. Contact Dr. Cathy Trivigno for more information.




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