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Course Schedule for NEUROSCIENCE - Spring 2015
Class
No.
Course ID Title Credits Type Instructor(s) Days:Times Location Permission
Required
Dist Qtr
1205 NESC-201-01 Principles of Neuroscience 1.00 LEC Church,William H.
Raskin,Sarah A.
TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 35
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Biology 182 and 183.
  NOTE: Psychology 261 is recommended for students who intend to major in neuroscience.
  NOTE: Prof. Raskin is the course coorddinator. Please contact her with any questions regarding the course.
  A team-taught introductory course in neuroscience that will examine the neuron and its biological interactions in animal nervous systems. Topics will include the anatomy, development, chemistry, and physiology of nervous systems.
1206 NESC-201-20 Principles of Neuroscience-Lab 0.25 LAB Swart,Charles C. R: 1:30PM-4:10PM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Biology 183L or permission of instructor.
  NOTE: Concurrent enrollment in NESC 201-01 required.
  A team-taught introductory course in neuroscience that will examine the neuron and its biological interactions in animal nervous systems. Topics will include the anatomy, development, chemistry, and physiology of nervous systems.
1753 NESC-201-21 Principles of Neuroscience-Lab 0.25 LAB Swart,Charles C. R: 6:45PM-9:25PM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Biology 183L or permission of instructor.
  A team-taught introductory course in neuroscience that will examine the neuron and its biological interactions in animal nervous systems. Topics will include the anatomy, development, chemistry, and physiology of nervous systems.
2118 NESC-320-01 Developmental Neuroscience 1.00 LEC Helt,Molly TR: 2:55PM-4:10PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Neuroscience 201 or Psychology 261
  This course will provide an overview of the developmental assembly of a complex nervous system. We will investigate the relations between developmental changes in the brain (morphology, neurochemistry, connectivity), and developmental changes in perceptual, cognitive, and social abilities (e.g., attention, executive function, empathy) throughout the lifespan. We will also address fundamental theoretical issues in the field of developmental neuroscience, such as the role of experience versus innate biological predisposition, the range of plasticity, and the functional degree of specialization in the brain. Part of this course will be devoted to gaining a better understanding of experimental methods utilized in the field of developmental neuroscience, in order to both critically analyze such studies, and, as a final paper, design your own study.
2036 NESC-350-01 Neuroethics 1.00 LEC Brunquell,Philip MW: 11:30AM-12:45PM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Neuroscience 201 or Psychology 261
  This course provides a broad overview of the major theories and practice of neuroethics. Both clinical and research issues will be addressed by asking the students to reason through a series of decision-making scenarios. The concept of personhood, particularly as it relates to those with dementia and the persistent vegetative state, will be emphasized. Whether neuroscience research should aim to make individuals "better" than normal as opposed to remaining focused on the amelioration and reversal of disease will be discussed. Students will also consider whether ethical decision-making should allow room for intuition and spirituality or be governed primarily by a set of commonly accepted precepts.
1754 NESC-362-01 Neuroethology 1.00 LEC Swart,Charles C. MW: 1:15PM-2:30PM TBA WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Neuroscience 201 or Psychology 261
  This course will explore the control of animal behavior by the nervous system from an evolutionary perspective. Topics to be covered include motor control (orientation, navigation, pursuit and escape behavior), communication systems (mate searching, territoriality, and social interactions), resource location and ingestion, circadian and other rhythmic behaviors and learning and memory. Examples will be drawn from a wide variety of vertebrate and invertebrate animals as appropriate to the topic. For select topics special attention will be paid to experimental design and data analysis. Text readings and selected primary research articles will guide discussion of each topic. In addition to exams and quizzes, students will write several short essays and one term paper during the course of the semester.
1751 NESC-388-01 Current Issues in Neuroscience 0.50 LEC Church,William H. T: 1:30PM-2:45PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Prerequisite: Senior Neuroscience major or permission of instructor.
  This half-credit course considers current neuroscience research on topics ranging from clinical research to molecular biology. Students will attend presentations by neuroscience researchers and read and discuss pertinent research literature prior to each presentation. Some special scheduling arrangements will be necessary for activities outside of the regular class meeting time.
1225 NESC-399-01 Independent Study 0.50 - 2.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor are required for enrollment.
1230 NESC-419-01 Research Neurosci-Lib 0.50 - 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Students will conduct library research projects under the direction of a faculty member. Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor are required for enrollment.
1226 NESC-425-01 Research Neurosci-Lab 0.50 - 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Students will conduct original laboratory research projects under the direction of an individual faculty member. Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor are required for enrollment.
1227 NESC-466-01 Teaching Assistant 0.50 - 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor are required for enrollment.
1228 NESC-490-01 Research Assistant 0.50 - 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor are required for enrollment.
1229 NESC-499-01 Senior Thesis Part 2 2.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and the approval of the instructor are required for each semester of this yearlong thesis. The research culminates in a thesis, an oral presentation, and a poster at the undergraduate Science Symposium. (2 course credits are considered pending in the first semester; 2 course credits will be awarded for completion in the second semester). Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
2261 NESC-816-01 Neural Engineering 1.00 SEM Blaise,J. Harry TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  This introductory course uses an integrative and cross-disciplinary approach to survey basic principles and modern theories and methods in several important areas of neural engineering. Course topics include: neural prosthetics, neural stimulation, neurophysiology, neural signal detection, and analysis and computational neural networks. The practicalities of the emerging technology of brain-computer interface as well as other research topics in neural engineering will be discussed. Students will also have the opportunity to perform hands-on computer simulation and modeling of neural circuits and systems.
2262 NESC-862-01 Neuroethology 1.00 LEC Swart,Charles C. MW: 1:15PM-2:30PM TBA WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  This course will explore the control of animal behavior by the nervous system from an evolutionary perspective. Topics to be covered include motor control (orientation, navigation, pursuit and escape behavior), communication systems (mate searching, territoriality, and social interactions), resource location and ingestion, circadian and other rhythmic behaviors and learning and memory. Examples will be drawn from a wide variety of vertebrate and invertebrate animals as appropriate to the topic. For select topics special attention will be paid to experimental design and data analysis. Text readings and selected primary research articles will guide discussion of each topic. In addition to exams and quizzes, students will write several short essays and one term paper during the course of the semester.
2259 NESC-865-01 Cognitive/SocialNeuroscience 1.00 SEM Raskin,Sarah A. TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM TBA Y WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  This course examines the way in which brain function influences mental processes and overt action. We will consider a range of cognitive and social functions, primarily from the perspective of neuroscience and draw on such related disciplines as cognitive psychology, social psychology, and computational analysis as needed. The functions to be reviewed include perception, attention, memory, thinking, emotional processing, group behavior, stereotyping and empathy. We will apply these to consider topics such as substance abuse, discrimination, child development, and mental illness.
2260 NESC-874-01 Minds and Brains 1.00 SEM Lloyd,Dan MW: 8:30AM-9:45AM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  The neurosciences have made striking progress in recent years toward understanding the brains of animals and human beings. Through readings in philosophy and science we will consider what contribution this explosion of neuroscientific data can make to our understanding of the mind.
1945 BIOL-120-01 Genes Clones & Biotechnl 1.00 LEC Fleming,Robert J. MWF: 10:00AM-10:50AM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 60
  This course will focus on the fundamental concepts of genetics and human reproduction upon which current biotechnologies are based. Topics will include patterns of heredity, the molecular biology of gene structure and function, the manipulation and analysis of DNA, genes and disease, mutation, reproduction and embryonic development. The application of this knowledge as it is used in genetic screening, gene therapy, forensic medicine, embryo cloning, the production of transgenic organisms, and other biotechnologies will be discussed. In addition, the social, legal, and ethical ramifications of these technologies will be considered. Not creditable to the biology major.
1367 BIOL-183-01 Cellular Basis of Life 1.25 LEC Archer,E. Kathleen TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 32
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Chemistry 111 or Permission of Instructor
  In this introductory level course, we will examine cells as the fundamental unit of life, discussing features common to all cells, and exploring specializations that confer unique properties to different cell types. The laboratory will provide the opportunity to explore biological concepts through observation, experimental design, and analysis.
1942 BIOL-183-02 Cellular Basis of Life 1.25 LEC Dunlap,Kent D. MWF: 10:00AM-10:50AM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 32
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Chemistry 111 or Permission of Instructor
  In this introductory level course, we will examine cells as the fundamental unit of life, discussing features common to all cells, and exploring specializations that confer unique properties to different cell types. The laboratory will provide the opportunity to explore biological concepts through observation, experimental design, and analysis.
1943 BIOL-183-03 Cellular Basis of Life 1.25 LEC Guardiola-Diaz,Hebe M. TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 32
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Chemistry 111 or Permission of Instructor
  In this introductory level course, we will examine cells as the fundamental unit of life, discussing features common to all cells, and exploring specializations that confer unique properties to different cell types. The laboratory will provide the opportunity to explore biological concepts through observation, experimental design, and analysis.
1368 BIOL-183-20 Cellular Basis of Life 1.25 LAB O'Donnell,Michael A. T: 1:30PM-4:10PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 24
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Chemistry 111 or Permission of Instructor
  NOTE: Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 183-01, 183-02 or 183-03 required.
  In this introductory level course, we will examine cells as the fundamental unit of life, discussing features common to all cells, and exploring specializations that confer unique properties to different cell types. The laboratory will provide the opportunity to explore biological concepts through observation, experimental design, and analysis.
1369 BIOL-183-21 Cellular Basis of Life 1.25 LAB O'Donnell,Michael A. W: 1:15PM-3:55PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 24
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Chemistry 111 or Permission of Instructor
  NOTE: Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 183-01, 183-02 or 183-03 required.
  In this introductory level course, we will examine cells as the fundamental unit of life, discussing features common to all cells, and exploring specializations that confer unique properties to different cell types. The laboratory will provide the opportunity to explore biological concepts through observation, experimental design, and analysis.
1370 BIOL-183-22 Cellular Basis of Life 1.25 LAB Fournier,Claire T. W: 6:30PM-9:30PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 24
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Chemistry 111 or Permission of Instructor
  NOTE: Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 183-01, 183-02 or 183-03 required.
  In this introductory level course, we will examine cells as the fundamental unit of life, discussing features common to all cells, and exploring specializations that confer unique properties to different cell types. The laboratory will provide the opportunity to explore biological concepts through observation, experimental design, and analysis.
1371 BIOL-183-23 Cellular Basis of Life 1.25 LAB Fournier,Claire T. R: 1:30PM-4:10PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 24
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Chemistry 111 or Permission of Instructor
  NOTE: Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 183-01, 183-02 or 183-03 required.
  In this introductory level course, we will examine cells as the fundamental unit of life, discussing features common to all cells, and exploring specializations that confer unique properties to different cell types. The laboratory will provide the opportunity to explore biological concepts through observation, experimental design, and analysis.
1948 BIOL-227-01 Cell Biology 1.25 LEC Foster,Lisa-Anne TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA Y NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 24
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Biology 182L and Biology 183L, or Permission of Instructor.
  A study of cell structure and function, emphasizing molecular components, metabolism, organelles, motility, and growth and division. The molecular biology of cells and the regulation of cellular processes are emphasized. Laboratory exercises will include light microscopy, molecular cellular experiments, and other experiments in cell biology.
1949 BIOL-227-20 Cell Biology 1.25 LAB Foster,Lisa-Anne T: 1:30PM-4:10PM TBA Y NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 24
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Biology 182L and Biology 183L, or Permission of Instructor.
  A study of cell structure and function, emphasizing molecular components, metabolism, organelles, motility, and growth and division. The molecular biology of cells and the regulation of cellular processes are emphasized. Laboratory exercises will include light microscopy, molecular cellular experiments, and other experiments in cell biology.
1950 BIOL-319-01 Animal Physiology 1.25 LEC Dunlap,Kent D. TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 24
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Biology 182L and Biology 183L, or Permission of Instructor.
  This course examines the physiological mechanisms underlying four fundamental functions—movement, sensation, feeding, and reproduction. How do physiological systems operate to enable organisms to live in drastically different habitats? What are the common cellular and molecular mechanisms shared by diverse animals? The laboratory will consist of several preparations examining developmental, sensory, endocrine, and muscle physiology, followed by more detailed, independent investigations of one of these preparations.
1951 BIOL-319-20 Animal Physiology 1.25 LAB Dunlap,Kent D. R: 1:30PM-4:10PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 24
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Biology 182L and Biology 183L, or Permission of Instructor.
  This course examines the physiological mechanisms underlying four fundamental functions—movement, sensation, feeding, and reproduction. How do physiological systems operate to enable organisms to live in drastically different habitats? What are the common cellular and molecular mechanisms shared by diverse animals? The laboratory will consist of several preparations examining developmental, sensory, endocrine, and muscle physiology, followed by more detailed, independent investigations of one of these preparations.
1962 ENGR-316-01 Neural Engineering 1.00 SEM Blaise,J. Harry TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Open to all junior and senior life science and physical science majors.
  This introductory course uses an integrative and cross-disciplinary approach to survey basic principles and modern theories and methods in several important areas of neural engineering. Course topics include: neural prosthetics, neural stimulation, neurophysiology, neural signal detection, and analysis and computational neural networks. The practicalities of the emerging technology of brain-computer interface as well as other research topics in neural engineering will be discussed. Students will also have the opportunity to perform hands-on computer simulation and modeling of neural circuits and systems.
1076 HFPR-201-01 Topics in Health Care 1.00 SEM Draper,Alison J. MW: 8:30AM-9:45AM TBA GLB  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Health Fellows Program.
1077 HFPR-202-01 Health Care Research 2.00 SEM Draper,Alison J.
McGuire,Maryann
TBA TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Health Fellows Program.
2197 PHIL-374-01 Minds and Brains 1.00 SEM Lloyd,Dan MW: 8:30AM-9:45AM TBA Y NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 24
  The neurosciences have made striking progress in recent years toward understanding the brains of animals and human beings. Through readings in philosophy and science we will consider what contribution this explosion of neuroscientific data can make to our understanding of the mind.
1993 PSYC-255-01 Cognitive Psychology 1.00 LEC Casserly,Elizabeth D. TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 49
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Psychology 101.
  The study of knowledge and how people use it, for example, in recall and recognition, controlling attention and dealing with distractions, solving real-world problems, and spoken or written communication. We will emphasize how each piece of our mental abilities fits together with other skills such as perception and language, along with the ways in which our minds and thoughts can diverge from what we subjectively experience of them. (1.25 course credits with optional laboratory)
1994 PSYC-255-20 Cognitive Psychology Lab 0.25 LAB Casserly,Elizabeth D. R: 1:30PM-4:10PM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Psychology 255, or concurrent enrollment.
  A hands-on introduction to the methods used in behavioral cognitive science research. We will briefly explore a survey of methods and the process used to create a "program of research" rather than isolated experiments. Students will then develop a big-picture question and research program of their own, designing, executing, and analyzing two experiments with related motivations and methods. The relationship between experimental design and the research report paper will also be emphasized.
1157 PSYC-261-01 Brain and Behavior 1.00 LEC Raskin,Sarah A. TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 49
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Psychology 101 or Biology 140 or Biology 181 or Biology 182 or Biology 183.
  A basic study of the structure and function of the mammalian nervous system with a comprehensive analysis of the biological bases of major classes of behavior. Specific topics include: neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, sensory and motor system functioning, motivated behaviors, learning and memory, emotions, sex, and language. Enrollment in laboratory limited. (1.25 course credits with optional laboratory) The course is designed for declared or intended psychology and neuroscience majors.
1194 PSYC-261-20 Brain & Behavior Laboratory 0.25 LAB Ruskin,David N. W: 1:15PM-3:55PM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Psychology 261-01 or concurrent enrollment.
  A diverse laboratory experience focused on the nervous system. Topics may include neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, sensory and motor system functioning, motivated behaviors, learning and memory, emotions, cognition, and language. Laboratory can be taken concurrent or subsequent to PSYC 261. The course is designed for declared or intended psychology neuroscience majors.
1118 PSYC-293-01 Perception 1.00 LEC Mace,William M. MWF: 10:00AM-10:50AM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 49
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Psychology 101.
  An introduction to current understanding of how organisms maintain contact with their environments through perception. Emphasis is on vision, but other modalities are also treated. (1.25 credits with optional laboratory)
1155 PSYC-293-20 Perception Laboratory 0.25 LAB Mace,William M. T: 1:30PM-4:10PM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Psychology 293, or concurrent enrollment.
  The perception laboratory provides students with an opportunity to experience and manipulate perceptual effects, to learn necessary concepts and basic methodology. Students will learn how to manipulate computer graphics to make displays, design and execute psychophysical procedures, analyze psychophysical data, and write experimental reports. Topics include perception of size, depth, color, proportion, binocular vision, apparent motion, and "biological motion."
1874 PSYC-339-01 Developmental Psychopathology 1.00 SEM Helt,Molly TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA Y SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Psychology 261, or Psychology 270 or Psychology 273, or Psychology 295.
  This course studies the development in humans and animals of selected psychopathological disorders such as schizophrenia, depression, anxiety disorders, and somatoform disorders. The use of drugs and their neurochemical bases at different stages of the disorders will be explored. Clinical case studies and films will be used throughout the course to illustrate each of the disorders discussed. -Averna
1998 PSYC-365-01 Cognitive/SocialNeuroscience 1.00 SEM Raskin,Sarah A. TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM TBA WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Psychology 255, 256, or 261, or Neuroscience 201.
  This course examines the way in which brain function influences mental processes and overt action. We will consider a range of cognitive and social functions, primarily from the perspective of neuroscience and draw on such related disciplines as cognitive psychology, social psychology, and computational analysis as needed. The functions to be reviewed include perception, attention, memory, thinking, emotional processing, group behavior, stereotyping and empathy. We will apply these to consider topics such as substance abuse, discrimination, child development, and mental illness.
2091 PSYC-464-01 Neuropsychopharmacology 1.00 SEM Brunquell,Philip MW: 10:00AM-11:15AM TBA Y WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Psychology 261 or Neuroscience 201.
  This seminar will examine how drugs act upon, amplify, and modify neural functions, ultimately affecting mood and behavior. It will provide an introduction to the principles of pharmacology and neurochemistry. An in-depth study of the brain and behavioral mechanisms of drugs of abuse, such as cocaine, heroin, LSD, and alcohol, and the neurobiology of addiction. Additionally, we will examine the effects of prenatal exposure to these drugs.