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Course Descriptions - Major Requirements

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Requirements for a Major in Neuroscience:

Core  
Biology 107: Biology Laboratory                            

107: Biology Laboratory is a series of lab topics which explore biological processes through observation and experimentation. (See course schedule for a description of the topics offered.) (1 hr)

 

Biology 112: Organismal Biology II

112: 112. Organismal Biology II studies the structure and function of various organ systems in vertebrates. Examples from invertebrates are frequently used to emphasize diversity, adaptability, and evolution. Co-requisite: 107. (3 hr)

 

Biology 226: Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology

226: Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology focuses on cell structure and function, membrane structure and function, cellular energy, photosynthesis, glycolysis, cellular respiration, DNA, gene activity, the regulation of gene activity, recombinant DNA, and biotechnology. Prerequisite: 112,107 or 121 or 122. (3 hr)

 

Biology 368: Advanced Neuroscience

368: Advanced Neuroscience emphasizes basic neurophysiology,
neurochemistry, synaptic function, coordinated organismal functions, and common neurological disorders. Laboratory emphasizes neuroanatomy. Prerequisite: 112, 226, 107. (4 hr)

 

Chemistry 111: General Chemistry I

111: General Chemistry I serves as foundation courses for the
areas of physical, analytical, inorganic, organic, and biochemistry. Emphasis will be placed on the topics of atomic structure, periodicity, stoichiometry, bonding, thermochemistry, kinetics, equilibria and electrochemistry. The companion laboratories focus on standard and instrumental laboratory methodologies with experiments chosen to illustrate key topics from lecture. (4 hr)

 

Chemistry 112: General Chemistry II

112: General Chemsity II serve as foundation courses for the
areas of physical, analytical, inorganic, organic, and biochemistry. Emphasis will be placed on the topics of atomic structure, periodicity, stoichiometry, bonding, thermochemistry, kinetics, equilibria and electrochemistry. The companion laboratories focus on standard and instrumental laboratory methodologies with experiments chosen to illustrate key topics from lecture. (4 hr)

 

Psychology 101: Introduction to Psychology

101: Introduction to Psychology presents basic concepts in the scientific study of behavior including motivation, sensation and perception, learning, cognition, development, social, and personality. (3 hr)

 

Psychology 151: General Experimental Psychology

151: General Experimental Psychology emphasizes fundamental concepts of research. Students conduct classic psychological experiments in perception, cognition, physiological, learning, and social psychology and write lab reports in APA (American Psychological Association) style. Includes a lab. Prerequisite: 101. (4 hr)

 

Psychology 232: Behavioral Statistics

232: Behavioral Statistics deals with experimental design, statistical
analysis, and the mathematics of probability as they are related to the scientific analysis of behavior. (3 hr)

 

Psychology 281: Physiological Psychology

281: Physiological Psychology studies the basic principles of brain
organization and function. Emphasis is placed on understanding the
relationships between brain activity and behavior. Prerequisite: 101. (3 hr)

 

Neuroscience 201: Topics in Neuroscience

201: Topics in Neuroscience is a seminar-style course team taught each semester by the neuroscience faculty, explores in detail a particular topic in the field through reading and discussion of recent published reports. Neuroscience majors must take the course three times. (1 hr)

 

Neuroscience 305: Cognitive Neuroscience

305: Cognitive Neuroscience is a junior level introduction to human
cognition from neuroscientific and evolutionary perspectives. Students will begin by learning the historical and philosophical antecedents of the field. Students will then develop an understanding and appreciation for cognition and research methodology in the field; topics include perception, attention, memory, language, brain organization and plasticity, and the problem of consciousness. Prerequisites: Biology 112 and Psychology 281. (3 hr)

 

Neuroscience 308: Neuroscience Practicum

308: Neuroscience Practicum is a “real world” introduction to current
research topics in the discipline. Students conduct several laboratory projects in this course. They also attend the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience or a regional neuroscience conference and report on their experience. Prerequisite: junior standing and permission of instructor. (1 hr)

 

Neuroscience 407:Neuroscience Reseach I

Neuroscience 408: Neuroscience Research II

Neuroscience 409: Neuroscience Research III

407, 408, 409: Neuroscience Research I, II, III a three semester sequence of courses in an independent study program designed to provide opportunities to practice inquiry and discovery while intensively investigating a fundamental problem in neuroscience. In the first semester, students search the current scientific literature related to their topic and prepare a review paper and a research proposal. During the senior year, the students conduct an original investigation and produce both a scientific paper and an oral presentation. They also present a poster at the Annual Science Poster Session. (I = 3 hr) (II & III = 2 hr)

 

   
Choose 3 of the following:  
Neuroscience 386: Neuropharmacology

386: Neuropharmacology provides basic explanations concerning how drugs act in the brain. The primary focus will be at the cell/molecular level with a lesser focus on the effects at the organismal level. Prerequisites: Biology 107, 112, 226, Chemistry 111, 112. (4 hr)

 

Psychology 361: Sensation and Perception

361: Sensation and Perception surveys the relationship between the various sensory modalities and behavior. The emphasis is on the interaction between such variables as basic sensory neurophysiology, environmental factors, personal experiences, and the ultimate process of perception. Includes a lab. Prerequisite: 101, 151. (4 hr)

 

Psychology 381: Advanced Psychobiology

381: Advanced Psychobiology explores the relationship between
physiological and psychological response. Central control of neuromuscular, autonomic and endocrinological systems is examined and topics such as emotions and the effects of psychoactive drugs are covered. Includes a lab. Prerequisite: 101,151. (4 hr)

 

Biology 336: Cellular Physiology

336: Cellular Physiology studies the cellular processes involved in
membranes, bioenergetics, control systems, neurochemistry, muscles, and glands. Laboratory emphasizes basic techniques used in cell biology and biochemistry. Prerequisite: 112, 226, 107 and Chemistry 111, 112. (4 hr)

 

Biology 375: Molecular Biology

375: Molecular Biology studies the biochemical and molecular interactions within living cells with special emphasis placed on protein structure, gene structure and expression, gene regulation, and genetic engineering. Lecture and laboratory experiences are involved. Prerequisite: 112, 107, 226 and Chemistry 111, 112. (4 hr)