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Course Schedule for NEUROSCIENCE - Fall 2018
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Course ID Title Credits Type Instructor(s) Days:Times Location Permission
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3777 NESC-101-01 The Brain 1.00 LEC Church, William MWF: 12:00PM-12:50PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 39
  NOTE: 15 seats reserved for first year students
  Recent developments in neuroscience have revolutionized our views of familiar human experiences such as locomotion, substance abuse, mental illness, sleep, and memorization. Through highly enjoyable and selected readings, presentations by visiting faculty, demonstrations and other activities, we will explore the foundations of this field as well as recent discoveries. The overall objective of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of neuroscience, enabling them to make important decisions that may affect their lives.
1045 NESC-301-01 Intro Neursci Method-Lab 1.00 LEC Lloyd, Dan
Church, William
Swart, Chris
MW: 1:15PM-3:55PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 12
  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.
3592 NESC-320-01 Developmental Neuroscience 1.00 LEC Helt, Molly TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 29
  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.
3593 NESC-325-01 Hormones and Social Behavior 1.00 SEM Martinez, Luis TR: 2:55PM-4:10PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Neuroscience 201 or Psychology 261
  This course will examine how hormones act within the brain to ultimately influence the expression of social behaviors. We will address how hormones drive the development and function of specific brain areas, with a particular focus on sex differences in these processes. We will consider a wide range of behaviors with implications for our social lives, including sexual attraction, bonding/affiliation, aggression, and social cognition, within the context of both normative and disease states. Although this course will be approached from the human perspective, discussions will be informed by primary research conducted in both human and non-human models. Consequently, course materials will draw upon primary research articles as well as assigned readings from the text.
2878 NESC-362-01 Neuroethology 1.00 LEC Swart, Chris MW: 10:00AM-11:15AM TBA WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 17
  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.
2515 NESC-388-01 Current Issues in Neuroscience 0.50 LEC Martinez, Luis T: 1:30PM-2:45PM TBA 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.
2090 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.
3594 NESC-401-01 Neurochemistry 1.00 LEC Cancelled Y WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Neuroscience 201, Chemistry 211, or permission of instructor.
  An interdisciplinary course investigating the chemical processes involved in central nervous system functioning and communication. Emphasis will be placed on the chemical aspects of synthesis, metabolism, and release of neurotransmitters. The role of neurochemistry in behavioral and neurological disease states will be evaluated. Current research topics in this area will also be presented.
2091 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.
2098 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.
2092 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.
3153 NESC-800-01 Graduate Sem in Neurosciene 0.50 SEM Raskin, Sarah 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.
3595 NESC-801-01 Neurochemistry 1.00 LEC Cancelled Y WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  An interdisciplinary course investigating the chemical processes involved in central nervous system functioning and communication. Emphasis will be placed on the chemical aspects of synthesis, metabolism, and release of neurotransmitters. The role of neurochemistry in behavioral and neurological disease states will be evaluated. Current research topics in this area will also be presented.
3260 NESC-848-01 Focus Mind: Psychol Attention 1.00 SEM Grubb, Michael WF: 2:40PM-3:55PM TBA SOC  
  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.
3583 NESC-862-01 Neuroethology 1.00 LEC Swart, Chris MW: 10:00AM-11:15AM TBA WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  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.
2753 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.
2754 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.
2755 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.
2756 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.
2227 BIOL-182-01 Evolution of Life 1.25 LEC Dunlap, Kent
Schneider, Craig
O'Donnell, Michael
MWF: 10:00AM-10:50AM TBA 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.
2228 BIOL-182-02 Evolution of Life 1.25 LEC Blackburn, Daniel
Schneider, Craig
O'Donnell, Michael
MWF: 11:00AM-11:50AM TBA 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.
2229 BIOL-182-20 Evolution of Life 1.25 LAB Fournier, Claire T: 1:30PM-4:10PM TBA 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.
2230 BIOL-182-21 Evolution of Life 1.25 LAB Fournier, Claire M: 1:15PM-3:55PM TBA 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.
2231 BIOL-182-22 Evolution of Life 1.25 LAB O'Donnell, Michael T: 9:25AM-12:05PM TBA 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.
2232 BIOL-182-23 Evolution of Life 1.25 LAB Fournier, Claire R: 1:30PM-4:10PM TBA 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.
2557 BIOL-182-24 Evolution of Life 1.25 LAB O'Donnell, Michael W: 1:15PM-3:50PM TBA 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.
2585 BIOL-182-25 Evolution of Life 1.25 LAB O'Donnell, Michael R: 9:25AM-12:05PM TBA 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.
2586 BIOL-182-26 Evolution of Life 1.25 LAB Fournier, Claire W: 6:30PM-9:10PM TBA 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.
2312 BIOL-224-01 Genetics 1.00 LEC Fleming, Robert MWF: 11:00AM-11:50AM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 45
  Prerequisite: C- or better in 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.
3207 BIOL-317-01 Biochemistry 1.25 LEC Guardiola-Diaz, Hebe 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.
3208 BIOL-317-20 Biochemistry 1.25 LAB Guardiola-Diaz, Hebe W: 1:15PM-3:55PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  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.
3209 BIOL-317-21 Biochemistry 1.25 LAB Guardiola-Diaz, Hebe T: 1:30PM-4:10PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  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.
2998 BIOL-319-01 Animal Physiology 1.25 LEC Dunlap, Kent TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA 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.
2999 BIOL-319-20 Animal Physiology 1.25 LAB Dunlap, Kent M: 1:30PM-4:10PM TBA 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.
2055 PSYC-261-01 Brain and Behavior 1.00 LEC Raskin, Sarah MWF: 11:00AM-11:50AM 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.
3778 PSYC-261-02 Brain and Behavior 1.00 LEC Swart, Chris MWF: 12:00PM-12:50PM 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.
2054 PSYC-261-20 Brain & Behavior Laboratory 0.25 LAB Swart, Chris R: 1:30PM-4:10PM 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. The course is designed for declared or intended psychology neuroscience majors. Laboratory can be taken concurrent or subsequent to PSYC 261.
2700 PSYC-265-01 Drugs and Behavior 1.00 LEC Gockel, Jason TR: 6:30PM-7:45PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 49
  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