Neuroethics
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Neuroethics Concentration

The concentration in neuroethics offers students the opportunity to study ethical issues arising from recent scientific and medical advances in conjunction with advanced training in neuroscience. The curriculum helps students develop their skills in critical, analytical, and imaginative thinking and to make well-founded ethical decisions. Students will become familiar with the basic theories of current neuroscience, as well as the philosophical issues raised by these theories.

The degree is intended for students interested in doctoral work in neuroscience, cognitive science, or bioethics. It also can help students who will work on medical and scientific research projects in government or the private sector.

This concentration is offered jointly by the Department of Philosophy  and the Neuroscience Program .

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Degree Requirements

Total credits: 36

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Students pursuing this degree must successfully complete 36 credits of graduate coursework in one of the concentrations which follow. Students must submit a curriculum worksheet that has been approved by their concentration head and the director. All students complete their work in the program with a project or thesis.

Concentration in Neuroethics (NETH)

The MAIS concentration in neuroethics is a joint program of the interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program and the Department of Philosophy. It offers students a unique opportunity to study key ethical issues arising from advances in neuroscience research and technologies. The degree is sutiable for students interested in doctoral work in neuroscience, cognitive science, clinical bioethics, or the study of law. It also can serve as an entry point for employment into government or private sector industries of ethic and policy related brain science issues.

The degree is intended for students interested in doctoral work in neuroscience, cognitive science, or bioethics. It also can help students who will work on medical and scientific research projects in government or the private sector.

Admission to the Neuroethics Program is open to students with an undergraduate degree in many fields. Applicants should demonstrate proficiency in at least two of the following academic areas as evidenced by 18 or more credits of undergraduate or graduate coursework.

  • Biology

  • Bioengineering

  • Chemistry

  • Ethics/Philosophy

  • Medical Education

  • Neuroscience

  • Psychology

Students in the MAIS program in neuroethics must complete 32 course credits consisting of a proseminar, five core courses and six electives that match the educational objectives of the student. In addition, students are required to write a thesis or complete a two-semester project, for a total of 36 credits.

Required Course of Proseminar

MAIS 796 MAIS ProSeminar 1
Total Credits 1

Core Courses in Ethics and Neuroscience

PHIL 640 History of Ethical Theory 3
PHIL 642 Biomedical Ethics 3
NEUR 602 Cellular Neuroscience 3
NEUR 612 Neuroethics 3
NEUR 709 Neuroscience Seminars 1
Total Credits 13

Electives

Students may choose to specialize in cognitive neuroethics or public neuroethics. All students are encouraged to plan their coursework in consultation with the neuroethics concentration head.

Specialization in Cognitive Neuroethics
Select 18 credits from the courses below or other relevant course chosen in consultation with an advisor. 18
BIOL 572
Human Genetics  
Health Communication  
Chemistry and the Brain  
Molecular Neuropharmacology  
Introduction to Neuroimaging  
Research Methods  
Cognitive Neuroscience  
Introduction to Neurobiology  
Mammalian Neurobiology  
Psychometric Methods  
Total Credits 18
Specialization in Public Neuroethics
Select 18 credits from the courses below or other relevant course chosen in consultation with an advisor. 18
Health Communication  
Science Communication  
Science and the Public  
Philosophical Foundation of Neuroscience  
Molecular Neuropharmacology  
Environmental Ethics  
Research Ethics  
Special Topics in Contemporary Philosophy (when the topic is related to neuroethics)  
Advanced Seminar in Philosophy (when the topic is related to neuroethics)  
Current Issues in Cognitive Science  
Introduction to Neurobiology  
Cognitive Neuroscience  
Cognitive Bases of Behavior  
Biological Bases of Human Behavior  
Total Credits 18

Proposal

MAIS 797 Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal 1
Total Credits 1

Project or Thesis

Students cap their study by writing a master's thesis or completing a two-semester project in an area of neuroethics. The project may involve student observation and involvement in scientific research, clinical work, or policy setting.

Select one from the following: 3
Interdisciplinary Studies Project (take 3 credits)  
Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (take 3 credits)  
Total Credits 3
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