This introductory course will explore a range of topics and issues in the study of neuroscience. Specifically, the course will focus on the relationship between neuroscience, the arts and humanities. The course will treat the humanities and sciences as partners working together on the same problems. Usually, three topics are covered per semester. Examples of topics covered include the neuroscience of emotions, play behavior, film, visual and artistic perspective, space and time. Other topics may be covered. Assignments will include weekly quizzes, class discussion and a thesis paper. No prerequisite. NEUR 105 is a non-majors introductory course geared towards first-year and sophomore students, although others may take it. Anyone who plans to major or concentrate in neuroscience will need to take NEUR 112/212. NEUR 105 can be paired with NEUR 112/212 in order to satisfy the natural science distribution requirement. This course is repeatable for credit one time for a maximum of one unit. However, this course taken twice or with a NEUR special topic does not satisfy the natural sciences diversification.
This course begins with a definition of neuroscience as an interdisciplinary field, in the context of the philosophy of science. After covering the basics of cellular neurophysiology, the course examines the development and organization of the human nervous system in terms of sensory, motor, motivational, emotional and cognitive processes. The neurological and biochemical bases of various brain and behavioral disorders also are examined. It is strongly recommended that BIOL 115 or 116 is taken as a prerequisite or corequisite or have an AP score of 5 in biology. No prerequisite.
This course introduces students to the basic experimental design and data analysis approaches used when conducting research in neuroscience. It will provide you with an understanding of the ways in which neuroscientists design studies, analyze data and communicate the results of their investigations of the brain and its relationship to behavior. You will be exposed to the style and language of scientific writing through reading and critiquing primary sources of scientific information. We will also discuss ethical considerations in using human and non-human research subjects, the appropriate use of common parametric and non-parametric statistical tests, effective graphical representation of data, and factors that affect the analysis and interpretation of data such as small sample size, reliability, statistical rigor and chance. Prerequisite: NEUR 212 or permission of instructor.
Behavioral Neuroscience of Adolescence will examine the emerging scientific human and animal research findings of how the brain changes during adolescence. Coverage will include associated psychological and social functioning, including cognition, multi-tasking, emotional processing, sleep and some pathologies. With an emphasis on the vulnerability and resiliency of the adolescent brain, we will examine appetitive behaviors (e.g., drug use, gambling), risky decision making, changes in and management of daily mood and the onset of some psychiatric disorders in social and cultural contexts. We will connect these to the structural, functional and chemical changes in the brain during the second decade of life. While implications for clinical treatments will also be discussed, the primary emphasis will be normal development and some diseases that emerge in adolescence. Prerequisite: NEUR 212 or PSYC 100.
Can ants count? Can gorillas "converse" about the past or the future? Do crows use tools? Can dogs read human faces to detect our mood or follow our gaze for guidance or direction? These are the types of questions we will be considering in this seminar on animal cognition. We will examine how various cognitive abilities evolved in non-human animals and the purpose these abilities serve in their lives. Additionally, we will explore the implications of animal cognition for our own cognitive abilities. General topics we will discuss include memory, learning, conceptual abilities, spatial cognition, numerical competence, planning, social intelligence, communication and language, animal culture, and self awareness and theory of mind in non-human animals. This course can be used as an elective towards the neuroscience major or concentration. This course can be used in conjunction with another NEUR course to fulfill the natural science distribution requirement. No prerequisite.
This course is designed to facilitate our learning about the connections and interactions among neuroanatomy, brain function and psychological phenomena. We do this by studying neuropsychological disorders, as well as the basic psychological processes such as perceptions and memory. Through readings, discussions and class presentations, we will learn some of the basic principles of the brain's organization and function, as well as its ability to recover function after damage. In addition, we will learn about the nature, causes and treatment of specific neuropsychological disorders such as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, closed head injuries, Tourette's syndrome and stroke-induced aphasia. Further, we will learn about neuropsychological assessment and the current level of research and discovery in the neuropsychology of specific disorders through student presentations. This course is cross-listed with psychology for diversification purposes. Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or 101 or NEUR 112/212. This course is offered at least every other year.
Comparative psychology is the study of behavior and mental processes of organisms, including humans. Until Darwin published his theory of evolution, it was commonly accepted that a huge gulf exists between human and nonhuman animals. In this course we will examine human and animal behavior and mental activity from an evolutionary perspective -- that is, from a perspective in which humans are part of the continuum of life forms that inhabit the planet. We will consider the notion that, in contrast to the usual anthropocentric view of behavior and mental processes, many of the same evolutionary, ecological and biological principles explain both human and animal behavior. Prerequisite: NEUR 112/212 or PSYC 100 and 150. This course is offered at least every other year.
This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the physiological phenomena responsible for psychological experiences. The main focus of the course is a detailed study of the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system. This is followed by a study of the sensory and self-regulatory systems, a study of higher cognitive processing. With each new topic, the relevant anatomical and physiological systems will be discussed as they relate to the behavior under scrutiny. Thus the biological underpinnings of sleep, mood, learning and memory, motivation, and other topics will be studied. Prerequisite: PSYC 100, 110, or NEUR 112/212. This course typically is offered every year.
This course focuses on the ways in which the brain gathers, processes and interprets information from the external environment in order to construct an internal representation that the organism perceives to be "reality." The goal is to provide students with an understanding of the evolution, structure and function of various sensory systems as well as an understanding of how the brain interprets incoming sensations and turns them into perceptions that allow organisms to act on their environment. Prerequisite: NEUR 112/212 or PSYC 100 and 150. This course typically is offered every year.
This course explores the biological mechanisms of the actions and effects of both legal and illegal psychoactive drugs. The course begins with a brief discussion of the history of psychopharmacology, followed by an in-depth examination of the biological basis of drug action in the brain. We will discuss the basis of drug classification and of specific drugs, including illicit drugs such as cocaine, amphetamines, and heroin as well as legal psychoactive drugs such as caffeine, nicotine and alcohol. The course ends with a discussion of the action of drugs used in the treatment of mental disorders such as schizophrenia (antipsychotics) and depression (antidepressants). This course is cross-listed with psychology for diversification purposes. PSYC/NEUR 305 is recommended but not required. Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or NEUR 112/212. Offered as our schedule permits.
This combined discussion and laboratory course aims to develop abilities for asking sound research questions, designing reasonable scientific approaches to answer such questions, and performing experiments to test both the design and the question. We consider how to assess difficulties and limitations in experimental strategies due to design, equipment, system selected, and so on. The course provides a detailed understanding of selected modern research equipment. Students select their own research problems in consultation with one or more neuroscience faculty members. This course is designed both for those who plan to undertake honors research in their senior year and for those who are not doing honors but who want some practical research experience. A student can begin the research in either semester. If a year of credit is earned, it may be applied toward the research methods course requirement for the major in neuroscience. This course is repeatable for up to 1.50 units of credit. Prerequisite: BIOL 109Y-110Y, NEUR 112/212, and permission of instructor.
Credit: 0.5 QR
This methods course teaches students the skills necessary for conducting research in biopsychology and neuroscience. Students will gain first-hand experience with a number of concepts and measurement techniques as well as an understanding of the ways in which biopsychologists and neuroscientists investigate the brain and its relationship to behavior. Students will learn to design experiments; collect, analyze and present data using computer software packages; and write a scientific paper. Prerequisite: NEUR 112/212 or PSYC 200 and permission of instructor. Offered as our schedule permits.
Credit: 0.5 QR
This is a laboratory methods course that focuses on research methods used in physiological psychology and behavioral neuroscience. The emphasis of the course will be on designing, conducting and presenting research, as well as on mastering specific laboratory techniques. The primary goal is to examine the relationships between brain chemistry and behavior. To this end, students will design and implement of projects that examine these relationships using animal subjects. The course also will focus on data analysis and experimental design. Prerequisite: PSYC 100 and 150 or NEUR 112/212 and one of the following: NEUR 305 or 347 or permission of instructor. Typically is offered every other year.
Credit: 0.5 QR
This methods course teaches students the skills necessary for conducting research in sensation and perception. It will give students first-hand experience with a number of concepts and measurement techniques as well as an understanding of the ways in which sensory neuroscientists investigate how the brain gathers, processes, and interprets information from the external environment to construct an internal representation of reality. Students will learn to design experiments; collect, analyze, and present data using computer software packages; and write a scientific paper. Prerequisite: NEUR 112/212 or PSYC 200 and prerequisite or corequisite in either PSYC 301, NEUR 305, or 307 and permission of instructor. Typically offered every other year.
This capstone seminar is required of all students who plan to graduate with a neuroscience concentration or major. The seminar is intended to bring together the knowledge acquired from courses required for, or relevant to, the concentration and major. During the course of the semester, each student will submit a critique of a published article and write an integrative paper with the assistance of the instructor. Oral presentations are given in conjunction with each of these exercises. Prerequisite: NEUR 112/212, junior standing and completion of two of the three required basic science courses for the concentration.
Students conduct independent research under the supervision of one of the faculty members affiliated with the Neuroscience Program. This course is restricted to juniors or seniors who are neuroscience majors or have taken (or are concurrently enrolled in) courses required for the neuroscience concentration. Prerequisite: permission of instructor and neuroscience director, along with demonstrated special interest. Because students must enroll for individual studies by the end of the seventh class day of each semester, they should begin discussion of the proposed individual study preferably the semester before, so that there is time to devise the proposal and seek departmental approval before the registrar’s deadline.
This program for senior honors students culminates in the completion of a senior honors research project. The research is expected to be on a topic of particular relevance to the student's postgraduate plans. Students must select a research advisor from the faculty members in the Neuroscience Program. They are expected to have completed a thorough bibliographic search of the literature, written a short review paper, and formulated some tentative hypotheses during the spring semester of their junior year. Prerequisite: The student must have a 3.33 overall GPA and a 3.5 GPA in the neuroscience core courses and must have completed at least 5 units toward the major. Permission of neuroscience director.
See course description for NEUR 497Y.
ANTH 111: Introduction to Biological Anthropology
ANTH 323: Bioarchaeology of Sub-Saharan Africa
ANTH 421: Neanderthals
BIOL 115: Energy in Living Systems
BIOL 116: Information in Living Systems
BIOL 243: Animal Physiology
BIOL 261: Animal Behavior
BIOL 263: Molecular Biology
BIOL 266: Cell Biology
BIOL 321: Evolutionary Developmental Biology
BIOL 358: Neurobiology
BIOL 359: Experimental Neurobiology
CHEM 109: Neurochemistry
CHEM 121: Introductory Chemistry
CHEM 122: Chemical Principles
CHEM 123: Introductory Chemistry Lab I
CHEM 124: Introductory Chemistry II
CHEM 126: Introductory Chemistry Lab II
CHEM 231: Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 232: Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 233: Organic Chemistry Lab I
CHEM 234: Organic Chemistry Lab II
CHEM 256: Biochemistry
CHEM 335: Chemical Kinetics and Thermodynamics
CHEM 341: Instrumental Analysis
CHEM 370: Advanced Lab: Computational Chemistry
CHEM 371: Advanced Lab: Biochemistry
CHEM 401: Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar
MATH 111: Calculus I
PHIL 210: Modern Philosophy
PHIL 245: Philosophy of Natural Science
PHIL 260: Philosophy of Mind and Brain
PHIL 262: Philosophy of Perception
PSYC 200: Statistical Analysis in Psychology
PSYC 301: Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 303: Learning and Motivation
PSYC 306: Psychology of Language
PSYC 310: Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC 402: Research Methods in Cognition
SCMP 118: Introduction to Programming
STAT 106: Elements of Statistics