Neuroscience and Behavior (NEURO)

NEURO-100 Introduction to Neuroscience and Behavior

Fall and Spring. Credits: 4

This comprehensive survey course explores the brain and the biological basis of behavior. We will examine the anatomy of the nervous system and the unique properties of the cells that make up the brain. We will discuss the mechanisms by which individual brain cells communicate with each other, and how small networks of cells underlie more complex processes such as perception, learning, and behavior. In labs, students will perform experiments that expand upon and reinforce these ideas through hands-on exercises.

Applies to requirement(s): Math Sciences
K. Colodner
Restrictions: This course is limited to first-year students.
Coreq: NEURO-100L.

NEURO-295 Independent Study

Fall and Spring. Credits: 1 - 4

The department
Instructor permission required.

NEURO-309 Topics in Neuroscience and Behavior

NEURO-309SE Topics in Neuroscience and Behavior: 'The Philosophy and Science of Emotion'

Spring. Credits: 4

This course, rooted in an analytical philosophical approach, is an interdisciplinary investigation of emotions. The course goals are to understand emotions, how different academic disciplines approach the study of emotions, and how these perspectives can inform each other. Are emotions primarily bodily responses? Feelings? Thoughts? What role does culture play in shaping emotions? What functions do emotions serve? What can neuroscience tell us about emotions? We will read and critically analyze material from different disciplines including philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, anthropology and evolutionary theory.

Crosslisted as: PHIL-350SE
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Writing-Intensive
L. Sizer
Prereq: 8 credits in Philosophy or Neuroscience and Behavior, or 4 credits in each.
Notes: Assignments include in class presentations and several short and longer papers.

NEURO-324 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

Spring. Credits: 4

This course will explore cellular and molecular mechanisms of nervous system development and function through lectures, laboratory exercises, and the critical analysis of primary literature. Topics include synapse formation and synaptic transmission, neuronal-glial interactions, the molecular basis of behavior, and applied genetic engineering techniques.

Applies to requirement(s): Math Sciences
K. Colodner
Prereq: NEURO-100 and BIOL-230 (or BIOL-220).
Notes: This course meets the 300-level laboratory-based course requirement for the Neuroscience and Behavior major.

NEURO-330 Biology of Neurological Diseases

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

Biology of Neurological Diseases will explore the molecular and cellular basis of neurological diseases. We will investigate the biological mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease. We will focus on animal models used to investigate pathogenic mechanisms and the biology underlying therapeutic strategies. This class will rely heavily on primary research articles and in-class discussions.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
K. Colodner
Prereq: BIOL-210, BIOL-220 or BIOL-230, and PSYCH-250 or NEURO-100.

NEURO-395 Independent Study

Fall and Spring. Credits: 1 - 8

The department
Instructor permission required.