Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Neurosciences Program


The Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Neurosciences Program is designated as one of Colorado State University’s Centers of Research and Scholarly Excellence. Students interested in the cellular and molecular aspects of nervous system function and systems neuroscience are encouraged to apply.

  • This is an interdisciplinary program with multiple department collaboration.
  • This program is offered on-campus only.

No formal degree is offered through the program, but a transcript endorsement indicating the student has successfully completed the requirements of the interdisciplinary Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Neurosciences Program will become part of the student’s official record. At the end of the first year in residence, each student must select an advisor and the department through which he or she will work toward the Ph.D. degree.

Students can apply and be admitted directly to the program, or they can be admitted into one of the participating departments (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Chemical & Biological Engineering, Computer Science, Environmental & Radiological Health Sciences, Health and Exercise Science, Human Development and Family Studies, Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology, Occupational Therapy, or Psychology) and participate in program activities. Students admitted directly into the Program participate in laboratory rotations and may select from the laboratories of all participating faculty, regardless of their departmental affiliation, provided that the degree-offering department approves of the research topic for the Ph.D. In some instances where the degree-granting department is not the home department of the research advisor, assignment of a co-advisor from the home department will be necessary. The co-advisor will serve as a member of the student advisory committee.

Next Steps


Coursework, credit requirements, and more information is available in the Colorado State University general catalog. Please contact your department representative with program-related questions.

Student Employment

Graduate students interested in employment positions (GTA, GRA, GSA appointments and hourly positions) should contact their advisor to inquire about opportunities.

Financial Aid