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Course Schedule for NEUROSCIENCE - Fall 2017
Class
No.
Course ID Title Credits Type Instructor(s) Days:Times Location Permission
Required
Dist Qtr
1085 NESC-301-01 Intro Neursci Method-Lab 1.00 LEC Church,William H.
Dunlap,Kent D.
Swart,Charles C.
MW: 1:15PM-3:55PM LSC - B01 NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 12
  NOTE: 12 seats are reserved for Juniors. If seats remain available, please contact the course coordinator permission to enroll.
  NOTE: Prof. Church is the course coordinator. Please contact him with any questions regarding the course.
  A laboratory course that will introduce the student to current methods and techniques used in neuroscience research. The course consists of three-week rotations in the laboratories of staff members. Among the topics to be covered will be radioligand binding assays, neurochemical assays, electrophysiology, psychobiological techniques, experiments in perception, and methods in cognitive science. This course is normally taken in the junior year.
3177 NESC-362-01 Neuroethology 1.00 LEC Swart,Charles C. MW: 10:00AM-11:15AM LIB - 103 Y WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  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.
3669 NESC-362-20 Neuroethology Lab 0.25 LAB Swart,Charles C. F: 1:15PM-3:55PM LSC - B01  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  The field of neuroethology examines discrete behaviors of a diverse animals with the goal of an intimate understanding of the neural control of natural animal behavior. In this lab we will use a variety of laboratory techniques to explore the anatomy and physiology underlying repeatable behaviors in several model research animals. I will work with the students to design experiments based on our discussion of the scientific literature. Potential lab exercises will include experiments on the visual system including electroretinography and tract tracing, recording rhythmic activity generated during locomotion, video recording and analysis of avoidance behavior, field observation of territorial behavior, and memory assays among others. Experimental design, data analysis and scientific writing will be stressed.
3551 NESC-364-01 Neuropsychopharmacology 1.00 SEM Martinez,Luis A. TR: 2:55PM-4:10PM AAC - 231 Y WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  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.
2632 NESC-388-01 Current Issues in Neuroscience 0.50 LEC Masino,Susan A. T: 1:30PM-2:45PM MC - 309 Y NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Prerequisite: Senior Neuroscience major, and a C- or better in Neuroscience 201, or permission of instructor.
  NOTE: Please contact Roxanne Porter for a permission number.
  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.
2144 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.
2145 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.
2152 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.
2146 NESC-498-01 Senior Thesis Part 1 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. (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.
3707 NESC-548-01 Focus Mind: Psychol Attention 1.00 SEM Grubb,Michael A. TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM SH - N129  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  More than 100 years ago, William James famously declared, “Everyone knows what attention is. It is the taking possession by the mind, in clear and vivid form, of one out of what seem several simultaneously possible objects or trains of thought.” And while James’ conception of attention resonates with a colloquial understanding of the term that’s still in use today, empirical treatment of attention in the psychological and neuroscientific literature suggests that consensus on what attention is and what attention does has not yet been reached. Using primary sources, scholarly reviews, and popular science pieces, we will work toward a more nuanced understanding of what attention is and delve deeply into what it means to selectively focus the mind in a world full of distraction.
3576 NESC-800-01 Graduate Sem in Neurosciene 0.50 SEM Raskin,Sarah A. TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 5
  This half-credit seminar will cover current topics in neuroscience, including issues in research methodology, ethics in research and public policy issues. In addition, time will be spent reviewing the literature and methodology of the theses of enrolled students. The course will be structured like a journal club with students preparing a discussion of one to two articles each week to be shared. Many of the articles may be drawn from the background literature of the thesis topic. Students will also attend presentations by neuroscience researchers and read and discuss pertinent research literature prior to each presentation.
3676 NESC-834-01 Current Issues in Cognition 1.00 SEM Casserly,Elizabeth D. TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM LSC - 137 WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 1
  This seminar will explore current “hot topics” in cognitive research. For example, we’ll investigate how our minds interface with our bodies (How do we learn new skills like swinging a bat or doing gymnastics? How do people control the movement of artificial limbs or wheelchairs?) and how the different “pieces” of cognition interact (Can how well we hear impact memory? How does lack of sleep change the way we pay attention?). In class and in writing, we will analyze behavioral, neurological, and philosophical research in cognition and evaluate the impact of these issues for psychologists and for people’s lives in the “real world.”
3258 NESC-862-01 Neuroethology 1.00 LEC Swart,Charles C. MW: 10:00AM-11:15AM LIB - 103 WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 5
  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.
3699 NESC-864-01 Neuropsychopharmacology 1.00 SEM Martinez,Luis A. TR: 2:55PM-4:10PM AAC - 231 Y WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  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.
2939 NESC-951-01 Independent Research 0.50 - 2.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 5
  Under the guidance of a faculty member, graduate students may do an independent research project on a topic in neuroscience. Written approval of the graduate adviser and the program director are required. Contact the Office of Graduate Studies for the special approval form.
2940 NESC-953-01 Thesis Part I 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 5
  First credit of a two semester, two credit thesis in Neuroscience. Written approval of the graduate adviser and the program director are required. Contact the Office of Graduate Studies for the special approval form.
2941 NESC-954-01 Thesis Part II 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 5
  A continuation of NESC 953. Second credit of a two semester, two credit thesis in Neuroscience. Written approval of the graduate adviser and the program director are required. Contact the Office of Graduate Studies for the special approval form.
2942 NESC-956-01 Thesis 2.00 IND TBA TBA TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 5
  Two credit thesis in Neuroscience. Written approval of the graduate adviser and the program director are required. Contact the Office of Graduate Studies for the special approval form.
2300 BIOL-182-01 Evolution of Life 1.25 LEC Dunlap,Kent D.
Schneider,Craig W.
O'Donnell,Michael A.
MWF: 10:00AM-10:50AM LSC - AUD NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 84
  NOTE: Students with questions about this course or enrollment should contact Professor Dunlap.
  This course will provide an introduction to life on Earth from an evolutionary perspective. Through lecture and discussion, we will examine evolutionary principles, inheritance, biodiversity, physiological adaptations, and ecology. The laboratory will provide the opportunity to explore biological concepts through observation, experimental design, and analysis.
2301 BIOL-182-02 Evolution of Life 1.25 LEC Blackburn,Daniel G.
Schneider,Craig W.
O'Donnell,Michael A.
MWF: 11:00AM-11:50AM LSC - AUD NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 84
  NOTE: Students with questions about this course or enrollment should contact Professor Blackburn.
  This course will provide an introduction to life on Earth from an evolutionary perspective. Through lecture and discussion, we will examine evolutionary principles, inheritance, biodiversity, physiological adaptations, and ecology. The laboratory will provide the opportunity to explore biological concepts through observation, experimental design, and analysis.
2302 BIOL-182-20 Evolution of Life 1.25 LAB Fournier,Claire T. T: 1:30PM-4:10PM LSC - 325 NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  This course will provide an introduction to life on Earth from an evolutionary perspective. Through lecture and discussion, we will examine evolutionary principles, inheritance, biodiversity, physiological adaptations, and ecology. The laboratory will provide the opportunity to explore biological concepts through observation, experimental design, and analysis.
2303 BIOL-182-21 Evolution of Life 1.25 LAB Fournier,Claire T. W: 6:30PM-9:10PM LSC - 325 NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  This course will provide an introduction to life on Earth from an evolutionary perspective. Through lecture and discussion, we will examine evolutionary principles, inheritance, biodiversity, physiological adaptations, and ecology. The laboratory will provide the opportunity to explore biological concepts through observation, experimental design, and analysis.
2304 BIOL-182-22 Evolution of Life 1.25 LAB O'Donnell,Michael A. T: 9:25AM-12:05PM LSC - 325 NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  This course will provide an introduction to life on Earth from an evolutionary perspective. Through lecture and discussion, we will examine evolutionary principles, inheritance, biodiversity, physiological adaptations, and ecology. The laboratory will provide the opportunity to explore biological concepts through observation, experimental design, and analysis.
2305 BIOL-182-23 Evolution of Life 1.25 LAB Fournier,Claire T. R: 1:30PM-4:10PM LSC - 325 NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  This course will provide an introduction to life on Earth from an evolutionary perspective. Through lecture and discussion, we will examine evolutionary principles, inheritance, biodiversity, physiological adaptations, and ecology. The laboratory will provide the opportunity to explore biological concepts through observation, experimental design, and analysis.
2679 BIOL-182-24 Evolution of Life 1.25 LAB O'Donnell,Michael A. W: 1:15PM-3:50PM LSC - 325 NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  This course will provide an introduction to life on Earth from an evolutionary perspective. Through lecture and discussion, we will examine evolutionary principles, inheritance, biodiversity, physiological adaptations, and ecology. The laboratory will provide the opportunity to explore biological concepts through observation, experimental design, and analysis.
2718 BIOL-182-25 Evolution of Life 1.25 LAB O'Donnell,Michael A. R: 9:25AM-12:05PM LSC - 325 NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  This course will provide an introduction to life on Earth from an evolutionary perspective. Through lecture and discussion, we will examine evolutionary principles, inheritance, biodiversity, physiological adaptations, and ecology. The laboratory will provide the opportunity to explore biological concepts through observation, experimental design, and analysis.
2719 BIOL-182-26 Evolution of Life 1.25 LAB Fournier,Claire T. R: 6:30PM-9:10PM LSC - 325 NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  This course will provide an introduction to life on Earth from an evolutionary perspective. Through lecture and discussion, we will examine evolutionary principles, inheritance, biodiversity, physiological adaptations, and ecology. The laboratory will provide the opportunity to explore biological concepts through observation, experimental design, and analysis.
3733 BIOL-182-27 Evolution of Life 1.25 LAB Fournier,Claire T. M: 1:15PM-3:55PM LSC - 325 NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  This course will provide an introduction to life on Earth from an evolutionary perspective. Through lecture and discussion, we will examine evolutionary principles, inheritance, biodiversity, physiological adaptations, and ecology. The laboratory will provide the opportunity to explore biological concepts through observation, experimental design, and analysis.
2392 BIOL-224-01 Genetics 1.00 LEC Fleming,Robert J. MWF: 11:00AM-11:50AM LSC - 133 NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 45
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Biology 182L or Biology 183L, or permission of instructor.
  A study of the basic principles of genetics including the transmission and organization of the genetic material in prokaryotes and eukaryotes, the molecular biology of nucleic acids and information transfer, mutation and mutagenesis, and gene regulation. Laboratory will include techniques of genetic analysis in plants, fungi, and Drosophila. Selected experiments in cytogenetics, molecular genetics, and the genetics of bacteria and bacteria phage. This course may be taken without laboratory by registering for only Biology 224-01.
3641 BIOL-317-01 Biochemistry 1.25 LEC Guardiola-Diaz,Hebe M. TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM LSC - AUD NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 48
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Chemistry 212L, Biology 182L and Biology 183L.
  A study of the molecular reactions that sustain life. Topics include biomolecule structure and function, enzyme kinetics, bioenergetics, and integration and regulation of metabolic pathways. The laboratory exercises include chromatography, electrophoresis, spectroscopy and bioinformatic analysis.
3642 BIOL-317-20 Biochemistry 1.25 LAB Guardiola-Diaz,Hebe M. W: 1:15PM-3:55PM LSC - 334 NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 24
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Chemistry 212L, Biology 182L and Biology 183L.
  A study of the molecular reactions that sustain life. Topics include biomolecule structure and function, enzyme kinetics, bioenergetics, and integration and regulation of metabolic pathways. The laboratory exercises include chromatography, electrophoresis, spectroscopy and bioinformatic analysis.
3643 BIOL-317-21 Biochemistry 1.25 LAB Guardiola-Diaz,Hebe M. T: 1:30PM-4:10PM LSC - 334 NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 24
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Chemistry 212L, Biology 182L and Biology 183L.
  A study of the molecular reactions that sustain life. Topics include biomolecule structure and function, enzyme kinetics, bioenergetics, and integration and regulation of metabolic pathways. The laboratory exercises include chromatography, electrophoresis, spectroscopy and bioinformatic analysis.
3394 BIOL-319-01 Animal Physiology 1.25 LEC Dunlap,Kent D. TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM LSC - AUD NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 24
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Biology 182 and Biology 183, or Biology 140 and Physics 141, 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.
3395 BIOL-319-20 Animal Physiology 1.25 LAB Dunlap,Kent D. R: 1:30PM-4:10PM LSC - 316 NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 24
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Biology 182 and Biology 183, or Biology 140 and Physics 141, 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.
2099 PSYC-261-01 Brain and Behavior 1.00 LEC Raskin,Sarah A. MWF: 11:00AM-11:50AM MECC - 270 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.
2098 PSYC-261-20 Brain & Behavior Laboratory 0.25 LAB Swart,Charles C. R: 1:30PM-4:10PM LSC - B01  
  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. The course is designed for declared or intended psychology neuroscience majors. Laboratory can be taken concurrent or subsequent to PSYC 261.
2861 PSYC-265-01 Drugs and Behavior 1.00 LEC Gockel,Jason A. TR: 6:30PM-7:45PM MECC - 270 NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 49
  NOTE: 10 seats are reserved for sophomores, 10 seats for juniors.
  A broad overview of the use and abuse of psychopharmaceuticals. We will study the classification of psychoactive drugs, their history, and the methodological research techniques used on humans and animals. The course emphasizes physiological mechanisms of drug actions, drug effects on psychological functioning including therapeutic and toxic effects. -- Hartman
3581 PSYC-334-01 Current Issues in Cognition 1.00 SEM Casserly,Elizabeth D. TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM LSC - 137 WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Psychology 255 or Psychology 293, or permission of instructor
  This seminar will explore current “hot topics” in cognitive research. For example, we’ll investigate how our minds interface with our bodies (How do we learn new skills like swinging a bat or doing gymnastics? How do people control the movement of artificial limbs or wheelchairs?) and how the different “pieces” of cognition interact (Can how well we hear impact memory? How does lack of sleep change the way we pay attention?). In class and in writing, we will analyze behavioral, neurological, and philosophical research in cognition and evaluate the impact of these issues for psychologists and for people’s lives in the “real world.”
2896 PSYC-364-01 Neuropsychopharmacology 1.00 SEM Martinez,Luis A. TR: 2:55PM-4:10PM AAC - 231 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.