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Neuroscience Courses

NEU/BIO 200 Introduction to Neuroscience (Alternate years) - 3 credits

This introductory course covers many aspects of neuroscience including synaptic transmission, psychopharmacology, sensory systems, cognition, learning and basis of neurological disease. Prerequisites: BIO 121 and 122, or BIO 123 and 124, or PSY 100 or permission of the instructor.

NEU/PSY/BIO 220 Sensation and Perception (Alternate years) - 3 credits

An in-depth study of sensory systems including vision, taste, olfaction, audition and somatic senses. This course fulfills only the 3 credit SCI requirement. Lecture (three hours) may be taken without the laboratory, but NEU 221 lab is required for Neuroscience majors.  Prerequisite: PSY 100 or BIO 121 or BIO 124.

NEU/PSY/BIO 221 Sensation and Perception Laboratory (Alternate years) - 1 credit

The laboratory section for Sensation and Perception allows students to understand the research methods used in historical and modern investigations of perception, often by serving as subjects in their own experiments.  This laboratory does not fulfill the SCI requirement.  Laboratory 3 hours.

Prerequisite: PSY 100 or BIO 121 or BIO 124; Co-requisite: NEU/PSY/BIO 220.

NEU/BIO 330 Neuropharmacology (Alternate years) - 3 credits

An in-depth study of the pharmacological aspects of neuroscience with an emphasis on clinical applications. Prerequisite: NEU 200 or PSY 229.

NEU 340 Neuroscience Methods (Alternate years) - 4 credits

This laboratory course introduces students to several of the methods currently used by neuroscientists including electrophysiological, histological and molecular techniques. The lecture component explores both classical and current literature in Neuroscience. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. Prerequisites: BIO 236 or BIO 231 and NEU 200 or PSY 229.

NEU/BIO 348 Diseases of the Nervous System (Alternate years) – 3 or 4 credits

Our brains control everything that makes us human, including how we think, feel, learn, and how we perceive the outside world. When the brain is damaged by disease or injury or fails to form correctly during development, the results can be catastrophic. This course will examine selected diseases of the nervous system at both the clinical and the molecular level and assess current treatments. Diseases to be discussed may include Alzheimer, schizophrenia, neural tube defects, autism, and spinal cord injuries. Readings from the primary literature and laboratory activities will complement the lecture material. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. Lecture may be taken without the laboratory. Prerequisite: BIO 235 and 236, or BIO 231 and 239.

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