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Neuroscience Major

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UNDERGRADUATE NEUROSCIENCE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

Introductory course:

NSCI 110 - Exploring Neuroscience. Neuroscience survey, including cellular and molecular functioning of neurons, anatomical and functional organization of the nervous system, and diseases of the nervous system. With lab. Prerequisites: PSYC 001, BCOR 011, BCOR 012.

 

Advanced Core Neuroscience courses:

BIOL 261 – Neurobiology.  Focus on molecular and cellular aspects of the nervous system. Electrical signaling, synaptic transmission, signal transduction, neural development, plasticity and disease. Prerequisite: BCOR 103. Cross-listing: ANNB 261.

CSD 281 – Cognitive Neuroscience.  The structure and organization of the human central nervous system as related to higher cognitive and linguistic behaviors. Pre/co requisites: a college level Human Biology course, such as BIOL 004.

NSCI 225 – Human Neuroanatomy. Functional anatomy of the human nervous system and its cells. Focus on both peripheral and central nervous system. Lectures and laboratory (gross and microscopic anatomy). Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor.

NSCI 270 - Diseases of the Nervous System. Senior level, seminar-type capstone course in which students bring together information learned in other courses for an in-depth study of disease states of the nervous system. Pre/co-requisites: NSCI 110 and senior standing.

PSYC 221 – Physiological Psychology.  Structure and function of mammalian nervous system, emphasizing neurological correlates of sensory experience and perception. Individual laboratory experience. Prerequisite: PSYC 109 and PSYC 121 or NSCI 110.

 

Optional Advanced Courses for the Neuroscience Major:

Behavioral/Cognitive

CSD 101 – Speech and Hearing Science. Structure and function of the respiratory, phonatory, articulatory, and hearing systems, coupled with models of speech and hearing as part of human communication.

CSD 208 – Cognition & Language. Study of cognition and language in terms of mental representation models; contemporary models of memory, as well as capacity theories of language comprehension and production. Prerequisite: PSYC 109, 161 or instructor permission. Cross-listed: PSYC 208.

PSYC 205 – Learning. Analysis of theory and research on the basic learning process and behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC 109.

PSYC 220 – Animal Behavior.  Behavior of animals under controlled experimental conditions and in their natural environments. Consideration of evolution, development, function, and control of behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC 109 or BCOR 102.

PSYC 222 – Selected Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience.  Selected topics examining the role of the central nervous system in determining behavior, including innate behaviors, arousal, motivation, learning, and memory. Prerequisite: PSYC 121 or PSYC 221.

PSYC 265 – Infant Development. Biological, cognitive, and social aspects of infant development in context; opportunities to evaluate and design research and apply knowledge to parenting, prevention, and social policy. Prerequisites: PSYC 109, 161 (may be taken concurrently), or comparable.

Cell/Molecular

BCOR 103 – Cell & Molecular Physiology.  Explores the fundamental processes of life. Topics include cellular metabolism; structure and function of organelles; cell cycle; signal transduction; biology of cancer. Pre/co-requisites: BIOL 001, 002 or BCOR 011, 012, CHEM 031, 032. (CHEM 141, BCOR 101 recommended).

BIOL 266 – Neurodevelopment. Current topics in developmental neurobiology through lectures and discussions of primary literature. The course is designed for advanced undergraduate life science majors. Pre/co-requisites: BCOR 101, 103.

PSYC 223 – Psychopharmacology.  Effects of drugs (both medical and recreation) on behavior. Topics such as drug effects on learning, memory, motivation, perception, emotions, and aggression. Prerequisites: PSYC 109, 121 or 222.

PHRM 290 – Topics in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology.  Focuses on basic principles, drug interactions with receptors, membranes, synapses, neurotransmitters, macromoles, cytoskeleton, ion channels and pumps, and mechanisms of drug resistance. Prerequisites: Introductory course in organic chemistry, background in physiology or health sciences.

STAT 256 – Neural Computation. (Cross listed with CS 256.) Introduction to artificial neural networks, their computational capabilities and limitations, and the algorithms used to train them. Statistical capacity, convergence theorems, back propagation, reinforcement learning, generalization. Prerequisites: MATH 124 (or 271), STAT 153 or equivalent, computer programming.

Research

BIOL 262 – Neurobiology Techniques.  Extensive study of laboratory methods used in modern research on the function of the nervous system. Techniques from electrophysiology, cell biology, biochemistry and genetics. Pre/co-requisites: BCOR 103, BIOL 261

CSD 262 – Measurement of Communication Processes.  Introduction to the scientific method and measurement principles used in group and single-case research on communication and as applied to persons with communication disorders. Prerequisites: CMSI 080, 101; STAT 111 or 141.

NSCI 197, 198, 297, 298 Undergraduate Research.  Individual research under faculty guidance. Enroll following program guidelines. Pre/co-requisites: Junior or senior standing, Program Director permission required.

No more than 6 hours of category iii may be counted towards the major.

HON 2XX may substitute for NSCI 197, 198, 297, or 298 but requires NS director's permission.

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