Courses in Neuoscience

NEU 211. Behavioral Genetics. This course will take an interdisciplinary approach to examining variations in genotype and their behavioral correlates. We will study the biological principles of genetics and how they relate to personality traits, diseases, and disorders. Students will learn laboratory techniques for analyzing genetic variation and how each variation relates to behavioral predispositions.  Prerequisite: PSY 111/L, BIO 111/L, and BIO 112/L. 3 credits.

NEU 211L. Behavioral Genetics Laboratory. Corresponding laboratory for NEU 211.  Prerequisite: PSY 111/L, BIO 111/L, and BIO 112/L. 1 credit.

NEU 231. Neurobiology. This course takes an in-depth look at the biological and physiological processes that give rise to complexity of the nervous system and ultimately allow for complex function. It examines the biology of vertebrate nervous systems, with particular emphasis on the human nervous system. Topics include cellular and molecular biology of the neuron, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, nervous system development and plasticity, mechanisms of learning and memory, and sensory and motor systems.  Prerequisite: a C- (1.67) average in BIO 111/L and BIO 112/L. Corequisite: NEU 231L. 3 credits. [This course is cross-listed with BIO 231]

NEU 231L. Neurobiology Laboratory. Corresponding laboratory for NEU 231.  Prerequisite: a C- (1.67) average in BIO 111/L and BIO 112/L. Corequisite: NEU 231. 1 credit. [This course is cross-listed with BIO 231L]

NEU 232. Neuroanatomy of Disease. This course will examine, in depth, the neuroanatomical bases for selected disorders of the human central nervous system. The topics covered will include Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease and stroke. Current trends in prevention and treatment of the disorders will also be studied.  Prerequisite: BIO 111/L, BIO 112/L, and PSY 111/L. 3 credits. [This course is cross-listed with BIO 232]

NEU 285. Introduction to Psychopharmacology. This course surveys the most commonly used substances to treat mental disorders, such as antianxiety, antidepressant, antipsychotic, mood- stabilizer, psychostimulant, and cognitive enhancer medications. The course also discusses the brain and its most common neurotransmitters, how transmitting neurons send and receive electrochemical information, the pharmokinetics (metabolism and elimination) and pharmacodynamics (absorption, distribution, and effects) of each drug as well as the action sites, side effects, and mechanisms of each drug.  Prerequisite: PSY 111/L or 112, or junior-level Psychology major or minor. 3 credits. [This course is cross-listed with PSY 285]

NEU 299. Mind and Brain. This course serves to introduce students to the philosophical mind and the biochemical brain. We will explore arguments that they are one in the same, dichotomous, and where they may overlap. Using consciousness and its states as our basis, we will delve into questions about mind and matter and how they affect behavior. Students will also develop their skills in the written communication of arguments.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and PSY 111/L or BIO 112/L. 3 credits.

NEU 378. Behavioral Neuroscience. A study of the biological basis (substrates) of behavioral processes. The course focuses on the physiology of reflexes, sensation and perception, learning and memory, sleep, ingestive behaviors, emotion and psychopathology.  Prerequisites: PSY 111/L; PSY 211/L or 212/L; and junior-level neuroscience major or minor. 3 credits. [This course is cross-listed with PSY 378]

NEU 379. Behavioral Neuroscience Lab. Students will be introduced to methods used in the study of the nervous system and its influence on behavior. Lab work will include collecting, analyzing, and reporting data from physiological studies, as well as sheep brain dissection. In addition, students must complete an APA style proposal for an individual research project.  Prerequisites: PSY 111/L, 211/L, 212/L (with a minimum C- grade in all). Corequisite: NEU 378. 1 credit. [This course is cross-listed with PSY 379]

NEU 499. Advanced Seminar in Neuroscience. Readings, discussions, and reports on selected topics in neuroscience.  This course may be repeated for credit as topic changes. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. 1 credit.