WORKSHOP~ Workshops may be taken Pass/No Credit only. Students may take no more than nine workshops for credit toward graduation. Workshops can be used as elective credit only.
INTRODUCTION TO NEUROSCIENCE~ Introduction to neuroscience is a laboratory-based course designed to orient students to the many approaches to neuroscience. In addition to covering the development, evolution, anatomy, and physiology of the nervous system, students will learn about cell and molecular, cognitive and behavioral, computational, and philosophical approaches to the study of the brain. The lecture component of the course emphasizes finding, using, and criticizing primary sources in each domain of neuroscience. The lab component comprises two major original research projects designed, carried out, summarized, and presented by students based on topics that interest them in the lecture component. Students must register for a NEUR 22700 lab. Prerequisite: CHEM (120 or 12000)and PSYC (101 or 10100). CHEM 120 or 12000 is not mandatory, you may ASK instructor for permission. PSYC 101 or 10100 is mandatory.
CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR NEUROBIOLOGY~ This course is a study of the microscopic parts of the nervous system: the molecular, cellular and developmental aspects of what is arguably the most complex biological system ever studied. We will cover the basic plan of the nervous system, the cellular components of the nervous system (neurons and glia), the electrical properties of neurons, neurotransmitters and synaptic transmission. We will also study the embryonic development of the nervous system, including neurogenesis, axonal pathfinding, neuronal cell death and synapse elimination. In addition, we will discuss primary scientific papers describing fundamental breakthroughs in cellular and molecular neuroscience. Also listed as BIOL (330 or 33000). Prerequisites: BIOL (230 or 23000) or NEUR (227 or 22700).
NEUROSCIENCE CAPSTONE~ Students in this course will design and execute original research related to the discipline of neuroscience. The student must submit a project proposal to his or her neuroscience faculty advisor outlining the research problem, the methods to be used and anticipated results prior to beginning the project. The student will submit a final report to the sponsoring faculty member and a public presentation. Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission.