Graduate Courses in the PhD Program

 (Please be advised due to many variables courses are subject to change; courses may be removed or added on a yearly basis)



Introductory survey course of research in complex systems and brain sciences at Florida Atlantic University, aimed at first semester graduate students.

ISC 6937

Introduction to Dynamical Systems and Chaos

This course provides an introduction to nonlinear dynamical system theory. Topics of discussion are one-, two- and higher dimensional flows, oscillator theory, maps, attractors, bifurcations, chaos. Many examples will be presented from the areas of current research in physics, chemistry, biology and neuroscience. Prospective students will be expected to have an elementary knowledge of calculus and a passing familiarity with ordinary differential equations (ODEs). Homework problems will be selectively discussed in class, occasionally as a presentation by the students.

MAP 6211

Methods in Complex Systems

Experimental design and statistical analysis of linear and nonlinear systems. Presents the classical statistical analysis and inference of linear systems that have a small number of noninteracting pieces and how those statistical methods and analysis procedures are different for nonlinear complex systems with many pieces that interact strongly with each other, such as fractals and chaos.

ISC 6450

Neuroscience I

This course is intended for Graduate Students and is the first of a two-part dequence (6 credits total) which covers in depth the principles of neural science, including structure and function of cells in the nervous system, neurotransmitter systems, functional neuroanatomy, sensory processes, higher brain function, neural development and cellular mechanisms of learning and memory. Senior Undergraduates interested in taking this course should consult the instructors.

PSB 6345

Neuroscience II

This course continues on from Neuroscience I with Functional Neuroanatomy. The Senses -- Vision, Hearing, Somatosensory, Smell and Taste are covered in this course. The course concludes with lectures on Neural Development and the Cellular Mechanisms of Learning and Memory. If time permits, a few special topics such as Neuroimmunology and Neural Networks will be given by the instructor or guest lecturers. Neuroscience I is a pre-requisite for this course.

PSB 6346

Cognitive Neuroscience

An interdisciplinary survey of the neural basis of cognitive functions such as perception, attention, memory and language.

ISC 5465

Brainstem Mechanisms of Behavior

A survey of the field of mathematical biology, including dominance of the slow manifolds. A discussion of aspects of brainstem anatomy and physiology pertinent to behavior. Class work is supplemented by extensive lab work where students learn techniques such as electroencephalographic recording from freely moving animals, horseradish peroxidase (HRP) injection and staining and mounting of tissue for light microscopy.

ISC 6440

Principles of Neurobiological Signal Processing

A study of neural function, cortical electrogenesis, and theories of origin of the EEG, covering practical issues relating to EEG recording and basic methods of EEG analysis. Autocovariance, cross-covariance, Fourier analysis, autoregressive modeling, and digital filtering are some of the techniques covered.

ISC 6466


An introduction to Synergetics, the theory of self-organizing structures, will be given along examples from biology, chemistry and physics. Deterministic and stochastic models will be studied, e.g. Laser equations, Navier-Stokes model, Ginzburg-Landau systems, Fokker-Planck theory, master equation. Prerequisite: Introduction to Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos.

ISC 6464

Seminar in Human Perception

A study of the development of theoretical models of perception with an emphasis on human information-processing capacities.

EXP 6208

Machine Perception and Cognitive Robotics

A survey of various tools and methods in machine perception.  Students will find data and neural networks to perform tasks with that data.  This will include coding in MATLAB, PYTHON, and the use of other technological tools such as Docker, and Jupyter Notebook.

EXP 6930

Neuroimaging in Cognitive Neuroscience

Covers a variety of imaging techniques in Neuroscience.

ISC 6930 / PSB 6930