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NEUR200: Introduction to Neuroscience

In an evolutionary sense, the job of the nervous system is to produce, control, and coordinate behaviors that help an animal survive and reproduce. Neuroscience is the study of how the nervous system does that. NEUR 200 provides a broad introduction to neuroscience, always keeping the behavioral consequences in view.

Prerequisite: C- or higher in BSCI170 and BSCI171; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department; or freshman who have taken AP biology course and scored a 4 or 5 on the exam can enroll. 

NEUR305: Neural Systems and Circuits

This course examines the anatomy and neuronal circuits that give rise to mental activity: perception, planned action, and thought, emphasizing the cortical mechanisms involved. Modern experimental and analytical techniques will be described and students will interpret and critique primary literature.

Prerequisite: C- or higher in MATH135 or MATH140; C- or higher in NEUR200 or BSCI353 or PSYC309U or PSYC301

NEUR306: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience.

Students will gain an appreciation of neuroscience as the nexus of chemistry, physics, and biology. Additionally, they will gain an understanding of how: both individual and networks of neurons function as variable electrical circuits; our nervous systems transduce signals from the outside world and sets-off molecular cascades; the behavior of a neuron can be changed and or remain the same in response to changing variables. Techniques used to study the nervous system at a cellular and molecular level will be discussed.

Prerequisite: C- or higher in NEUR200 or BSCI330
Corequisite: Concurrent or previous enrollment in PHYS132 (or equivalent)