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Course Schedule for NEUROSCIENCE - Fall 2014
Class
No.
Course ID Title Credits Type Instructor(s) Days:Times Location Permission
Required
Dist Qtr
3240 NESC-120-01 Nervous Connections 1.00 LEC Swart,Charles C. MWF: 11:00AM-11:50AM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 49
  Recent scientific research indicates that a worm has 302 neurons, snails have long-term memory, and elephants can hear through their feet. This course will draw on current research in neuroscience to explain why information about other animals is relevant to our lives. Selected readings, lectures and class discussions will provide a basic understanding of the human nervous system and how research on animal systems has yielded this knowledge. Laboratory exercises will introduce the students to nervous system anatomy and function through dissection and experimental techniques. A basic understanding of biology and chemistry will be helpful, but this course has no pre-requisites. First-year students are given preference.
3317 NESC-120-20 Nervous Connections Lab 0.25 LAB Swart,Charles C. M: 1:15PM-3:55PM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 22
  Concurrent enrollment in Neuroscience 120 Lecture is required.
  This is an optional lab component that can be taken in conjunction with the Neuroscience 120 lecture. The laboratory exercises will introduce students to nervous system anatomy and function through dissection and experimental techniques.
1055 NESC-301-01 Intro Neursci Method-Lab 1.00 LEC Guardiola-Diaz,Hebe M.
Blaise,J. Harry
Swart,Charles C.
TR: 1:30PM-4:10PM TBA 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. Guardiola-Diaz 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.
3377 NESC-315-01 Functional Neuroanatomy 1.00 LEC Brunquell,Philip MW: 8:30AM-9:45AM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Neuroscience 201 or Psychology 261
  This course provides an overview of the central, peripheral, and autonomic components of the human nervous system. Cellular, sub-cellular as well as organ-system aspects of nervous system functioning will be explored. Throughout the semester, basic scientific principles will be correlated with clinical case studies. References to the history of neurology will illustrate how our current concepts of nervous system functioning have evolved. The information covered in this course is critical for anyone interested in pursuing a career in either the basic or applied neurosciences.
2976 NESC-388-01 Current Issues in Neuroscience 0.50 LEC Raskin,Sarah A. 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.
2163 NESC-399-01 Independent Study 0.50 - 2.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor are required for enrollment.
2164 NESC-419-01 Research Neurosci-Lib 0.50 - 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  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.
2165 NESC-425-01 Research Neurosci-Lab 0.50 - 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  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.
2173 NESC-466-01 Teaching Assistant 0.50 - 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor are required for enrollment.
2166 NESC-490-01 Research Assistant 0.50 - 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor are required for enrollment.
2167 NESC-498-01 Senior Thesis Part 1 2.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  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.
2366 BIOL-182-01 Evolution of Life 1.25 LEC O'Donnell,Michael A.
Smedley,Scott R.
Schneider,Craig W.
MWF: 10:00AM-10:50AM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 84
  NOTE: Students with questions about this course or enrollment should contact Professor O'Donnell.
  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.
2367 BIOL-182-02 Evolution of Life 1.25 LEC O'Donnell,Michael A.
Smedley,Scott R.
Schneider,Craig W.
MWF: 11:00AM-11:50AM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 84
  NOTE: Students with questions about this course or enrollment should contact Professor O'Donnell.
  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.
2368 BIOL-182-20 Evolution of Life 1.25 LAB Fournier,Claire T. T: 1:30PM-4:10PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 24
  NOTE: Students with questions about this course or enrollment should contact Professor O'Donnell.
  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.
2370 BIOL-182-21 Evolution of Life 1.25 LAB Fournier,Claire T. W: 6:30PM-9:10PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 24
  NOTE: Students with questions about this course or enrollment should contact Professor O'Donnell.
  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.
2371 BIOL-182-22 Evolution of Life 1.25 LAB O'Donnell,Michael A. R: 9:25AM-12:05PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 24
  NOTE: Students with questions about this course or enrollment should contact Professor O'Donnell.
  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.
2373 BIOL-182-23 Evolution of Life 1.25 LAB Fournier,Claire T. R: 6:30PM-9:10PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 24
  NOTE: Students with questions about this course or enrollment should contact Professor O'Donnell.
  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.
3101 BIOL-182-24 Evolution of Life 1.25 LAB O'Donnell,Michael A. T: 9:25AM-12:05PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 24
  NOTE: Students with questions about this course or enrollment should contact Professor O'Donnell.
  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.
3360 BIOL-182-25 Evolution of Life 1.25 LAB O'Donnell,Michael A. W: 1:15PM-3:55PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 24
  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.
3361 BIOL-182-26 Evolution of Life 1.25 LAB Fournier,Claire T. R: 1:30PM-4:10PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 24
  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.
3397 BIOL-211-01 Electron Microscopy 1.25 LEC Blackburn,Daniel G. TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 8
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Biology 182 or Biology 183 and consent of instructor
  Electron microscopes are sophisticated research instruments that allow examination of specimens at very high magnification (up to 250,000x). Thus, they provide valuable information about cell structure and function and serve as diagnostic tools in human medicine. In this course, students learn how to prepare specimens for electron microscopic study, to use EMs to examine and digitally photograph them, and to interpret the resultant images. The theory behind these techniques will be considered, as will application of electron microscopy to research questions and clinical issues.
2553 BIOL-224-01 Genetics 1.00 LEC Fleming,Robert J. MWF: 11:00AM-11:50AM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 45
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Biology 182L and 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.
2551 BIOL-317-01 Biochemistry 1.25 LEC Guardiola-Diaz,Hebe M. TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA 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.
2552 BIOL-317-20 Biochemistry 1.25 LAB Guardiola-Diaz,Hebe M. W: 1:15PM-3:55PM TBA 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.
3425 BIOL-317-21 Biochemistry 1.25 LAB Staff,Trinity W: 9:00AM-11:40AM TBA 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.
3152 BIOL-456-01 Biology of Communication 1.25 LEC Dunlap,Kent D. MW: 11:30AM-12:45PM TBA WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 16
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Biology 319L or Neuroscience 201.
  This integrative course will examine the development, neurobiology, physiology, ecology, and evolution of communication in vertebrate animals, including humans. We will discuss how communication signals (e.g., bird songs, human speech, olfactory communication chemicals) are generated by animals, how these signals travel through the environment and are perceived by other animals, and how, in turn, they modify the behavior of the receiving animal. Human disorders such as deafness will be examined as a means of understanding plasticity in communication systems. Emphasis will be on reading and discussing articles from the primary literature. The laboratory section will include both lab and field experiments in which we record and analyze signals, examine hormonal effects on communication behaviors, and observe behavioral responses to playbacks of communication signals. This course includes a community learning component.
3153 BIOL-456-20 Biology of Communication 1.25 LAB Dunlap,Kent D. R: 1:30PM-4:10PM TBA WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 16
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Biology 319L or Neuroscience 201.
  This integrative course will examine the development, neurobiology, physiology, ecology, and evolution of communication in vertebrate animals, including humans. We will discuss how communication signals (e.g., bird songs, human speech, olfactory communication chemicals) are generated by animals, how these signals travel through the environment and are perceived by other animals, and how, in turn, they modify the behavior of the receiving animal. Human disorders such as deafness will be examined as a means of understanding plasticity in communication systems. Emphasis will be on reading and discussing articles from the primary literature. The laboratory section will include both lab and field experiments in which we record and analyze signals, examine hormonal effects on communication behaviors, and observe behavioral responses to playbacks of communication signals. This course includes a community learning component.
2104 PSYC-261-01 Brain and Behavior 1.00 LEC Raskin,Sarah A. MWF: 11:00AM-11:50AM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 50
  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.
2103 PSYC-261-20 Brain & Behavior Laboratory 0.25 LAB Swart,Charles C. W: 1:15PM-3:55PM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  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.
3309 PSYC-265-01 Drugs and Behavior 1.00 LEC Gockel,Jason Alan MW: 6:30PM-7:45PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 50
  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
2453 PSYC-339-01 Developmental Psychopathology 1.00 SEM Helt,Molly WF: 1:15PM-2:30PM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  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
3333 PSYC-434-01 Current Issues in Cognition 1.00 SEM Casserly,Elizabeth D. WF: 2:40PM-3:55PM TBA WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  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.”
2545 PSYC-464-01 Neuropsychopharmacology 1.00 SEM Brunquell,Philip MW: 10:00AM-11:15AM TBA WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  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.