Required Coursework

Predoctoral and postoctoral trainees appointed on the Training Program in Neurobehavioral Genetics are required to participate in (3) courses. Predoctoral trainees will be expected to register, while postdoctoral trainees will be expected to audit. 

Course NumberCourse NameFrequency
NS215Current Research Topics in Neurobehavioral GeneticsOffered every Winter Quarter;
Trainees are expected to enroll/audit (2) consecutive years
NS240Phenotypic Measurement of Complex TraitsOffered every other Fall Quarter;
Trainees are expected to enroll/audit (1) year during the period of their appointment
MIMG C234Ethics and Accountability in Biomedical ResearchOffered every Spring Quarter;
Trainees are expected to enroll/audit (1) year during the period of their appointment

To confirm if a course is being offered, please check the Schedule of Classes published by the UCLA Registrar's Office.


NS215 (Current Research Topics in Neurobehavioral Genetics) is focused on the following:

  1. Keeping abreast of the latest findings in a broad range of topics in neurobehavioral genetics
  2. Developing and enhancing oral presentation skills for presentation and discussion of scientific papers

Every other week, a team of 1-2 predoctoral trainees and 1 postdoctoral trainee will be expected to prepare a presentation based on assigned readings related to an upcoming Integrative Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics seminar (see calendar here).

This course is offered every Winter Quarter.


NS240 (Phenotypic Measurement of Complex Traits) revolves around an Integrative approach to understanding gene to behavior pathways by examination of levels of phenotype expression across systems (cell, brain, organism), across species (invertebrate, fly, mouse, human), and throughout development across varying environmental milieus. Although a background in human genetics is not required, it will be helpful.

This course is offered every other Fall Quarter.


MIMG C234 (Ethics and Accountability in Biomedical Research) covers topics of scientific integrity and ethics.

Per NOT-OD-10-019, r
eflection on responsible conduct of research should recur throughout a scientist’s career: at the undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, predoctoral, postdoctoral, and faculty levels.  Institutional training programs and individual fellows/scholars are strongly encouraged to consider how to optimize instruction in responsible conduct of research for the particular career stage(s) of the individual(s) involved. Instruction must be undertaken at least once during each career stage, and at a frequency of no less than once every four years.

This course is offered every Spring Quarter.