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NEUROSCI 202-0 – Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

Introduction to principles governing nervous system function at the cellular and molecular level. May not receive credit for both NEUROSCI 202 and BIOL SCI 302. Prerequisite: BIOL SCI 217.

NEUROSCI 206-0 – Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience

Introduction to the organization and function of brain systems and their role in generating behavior. Prerequisites: NEUROSCI 202 or NEUROSCI 311 or BIOL SCI 302 or BIOL SCI 311.

NEUROSCI 303-0 – Molecular Mechanisms of Neuropsychopharmacology

This advanced seminar course focuses on molecular mechanisms and aberrations of synaptic signal transduction and drugs that target them. May not receive credit for both NEUROSCI 303 and the former BIOL SCI 303. Prerequisites: NEUROSCI 202 or consent of instructor.

NEUROSCI 304-0 – Developmental Neurobiology

Embryology and cellular/molecular mechanisms of nervous system development. Topics include patterning of the early nervous system, neurogenesis, neuronal differentiation, wiring of neural circuits, activity and experience-dependent development and sex differences in early and late development. Prerequisites: BIOL SCI 215 and one of the following: NEUROSCI 202, NEUROSCI 311, BIOL SCI 302 or BIOL SCI 311.

NEUROSCI 311-0 – Biophysical Analysis of Neurons for ISP (Not a Group B Elective)

Neuronal ion channels, membrane properties, synaptic transmission, and transduction. Prerequisites: BIOL SCI 219 or BIOL SCI 301 or BIOL SCI 308 or BIOL SCI 361. ISP or Neuroscience Majors Only.

NEUROSCI 320-0 – Animal Behavior

Animal behavior from the neuroscience perspective. Neurobiological bases of foraging, communication, migration, predator-prey interactions, mating, and parental care. Prerequisites: 202 and 206, or BIOL SCI 302 or 311, or consent of instructor.

NEUROSCI 324-0 – Neurobiology of Biological Clocks and Sleep

This course will examine the general properties of sleep and circadian rhythms and will analyze how sleep and the circadian clock regulate a number of diverse activities at the level of the cell, the organ, as well as the organism. Prerequisite: 202 or consent of instructor.

NEUROSCI 326-0 – Neurobiology of Learning and Memory

Molecular and neural bases of memory. May not receive credit for both NEUROSCI 326 and the former BIOL SCI 326. Prerequisite: NEUROSCI 202 or NEUROSCI 311 or BIOL SCI 302 or BIOL SCI 311, or consent of instructor. This class is available to Neuroscience Majors or Biology Majors only.

NEUROSCI 350-0 – Advanced Neurophysiology Laboratory

Learn to record electrophysiological signals (action potentials, local field potentials, post synaptic potentials) from living neural systems using amplifiers and recording equipment commonly found in research labs around the world. Prerequisite: NEUROSCI 202 and 206, or BIOL SCI 302 or 311, and consent of instructor.

 

NEUROSCI 355-0 – Neurogenetics of Behavior Laboratory

A project-based laboratory to investigate the genetic roots of neurobiology and behavior in a simple model system. Prerequisite: 202 and 206, or BIOL SCI 302 or 311, and consent of instructor.

NEUROSCI 360-0 – Neuroscience of Brain Disorders

Survey of brain disorders, such as neurodegenerative diseases, schizophrenia, addiction and traumatic brain injury. Trace progress from the laboratory to the clinic, evaluate the state of knowledge and understand future directions. Prerequisites: 202 and 206, or BIOL SCI 302 or 311, or consent of instructor.

NEUROSCI 377-0 – Neurobiology of Sensation and Perception

Analysis of the key concepts underlying the neurobiological mechanisms of vision, hearing, taste, smell, touch and pain. The neural pathways leading to perception and processing of stimuli will also be discussed. Prerequisites: 202, or BIOL SCI 302 or 311, or consent of instructor.

NEUROSCI 398-0 – Senior Thesis Seminar

Instruction in writing a scientific thesis, discussion of student projects, instruction and peer feedback on thesis drafts, and continued independent research. Open to seniors pursuing departmental honors. Requires permission from the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Requires permission of the Neuroscience Director of Undergraduate Studies.

NEUROSCI 399-0 – Independent Study

Supervised laboratory on methods research with a faculty member. Requires permission of the Neuroscience Director of Undergraduate Studies.
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