FAU 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.
The Integrative Biology and Neuroscience (IBNS) 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 IBNS 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 and Scripps Florida.
Students now have the opportunity to learn from an international team of investigators at the cutting edge of brain research. MPFI, in collaboration with FAU, University of Bonn (Bonn, Germany), and the Center for Advanced European Studies and Research (Bonn, Germany), is extending education in brain research with an all-new International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Brain & Behavior. The program offers students a world-class, competitive doctoral program while giving them the opportunity to learn, train and work in multiple countries.
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.
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.
The brain arguably represents the only object on earth with complexity that is greater than the sum of its parts. Neuroscience incorporates diverse aspects of science including biology, psychology, chemistry, physics, computer science and medicine. Furthermore, our understanding of the brain influences nearly all aspects of society ranging from art, to criminal justice to health care. The Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience and Behavior, under the newly-named co-directors, Drs. Alex Keene and Bob Stackman, provides comprehensive training in the foundations of modern neuroscience. Graduates from this program are prepared for diverse careers including medical school or other health care related fields, graduate school, clinical counseling and education.
The Neuroscience and Behavior undergraduate degree is jointly administered by the Department of Psychology and the Department of Biological Sciences. The degree provides undergraduate preparation for students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in all areas of neuroscience and/or behavioral biology, or in pursuing professional degrees. A minimum of 120 total credits (including degree and university mandated courses) is required. In addition to course work, qualified students have the opportunity to partake in world-class neuroscience research via Directed Independent Study or special research courses at FAU campuses, or in collaboration with The Scripps Research Institute or Max Planck Florida Institute of Neuroscience.
The B.S. in Biology degree is recommended for students planning to be professional biologists in industry or governmental service or pursue graduate work in the biological sciences. Students interested in the following areas should pursue the B.S. degree in Biology: premed/pre professional, marine biology, ecology, zoology, molecular biology, microbiology or biotechnology. Please check with the Department of Biological Sciences if you have further questions. Students working towards the B.S. in biology can choose an area of emphasis in neuroscience and behavior. The B.A. degree is intended to provide maximum flexibility for students pursuing study in interdisciplinary areas such as environmental science or secondary school teaching.
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.
The FAU Max Planck Honors Program provides honors students with exclusive enrichment opportunities, including courses taught or co-taught with Max Planck scientists. The Program empowers students to work with world-class faculty researchers through a summer research program, and will include the possibility of directed independent research and an honors thesis with program faculty. Cutting-edge neuroscience training courses will include technologies such as 2-photon imaging, super resolution microscopy, electron microscopy, electrophysiology and optogenetic technology. Students will learn to think critically, propose research questions, design experiments, collect and analyze data, interpret results, communicate research findings, and gain appreciation for the ethical standards of the field. Completion of the program will prepare students for continuation of their education in a graduate program and/ or for the highly competitive STEM job market.
Summer Research Experiences in Jupiter
The John Nambu Memorial Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program offers full-time research opportunities with stipend support for FAU undergraduates sponsored by the Jupiter Life Science Initiative. Established in the memory of the late Dr. John Nambu, Professor in the Biological Sciences Department, the program provides undergraduates an opportunity to perform cutting-edge research in neuroscience and behavior-oriented labs on the FAU Jupiter and Boca Raton campuses. These scholarships 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. Several labs, including those of Drs. Ken Dawson-Scully, Tanja Godenschwege, Kailiang Jia, Greg Macleod, Rod Murphey, Bob Stackman, Alex Keene, Randy Blakely, Lucia Carvelli, and Erik Duboué (among others) are seeking undergraduate students this summer to perform research focused on neuroscience and behavior. Please explore our web site to find if one of these professors’ research interests you. The successful 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.