Neuroscience Courses

NEUR 110N | Introduction into Brain Diseases

 Instructor:  Richard Bridges, Neuroscience & Biology
 Credits: 3
 Days & Times: Spring, T/R 3:30-4:50
 Pre-requisites: None, H.S. Biology recommended






Course Description: Bad things happen to good brains! Communities, families, caregivers and patients are too often confronted with injuries and disorders that affect the brain, such as traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, or Alzheimer’s disease. Meant for both non-science and science majors, this Gen. Ed. Natural Science survey course explores the symptoms, underlying causes, current efforts in research and treatments for a variety of brain diseases, as well as what these disorders can teach about normal brain function.

NEUR 280 | Fundamentals of Neuroscience I

 Instructor: Michael Kavanaugh, Neuroscience
 Katie Holick, Neuroscience & Pharmacy
 Credits: 3
 Days & Times: Fall, T/R 2-3:20
 Pre-requisites:





Course Description: Before we tackle the hard problem, the mind and consciousness, we have to understand the easy problem: how the brain works! This course focuses on the molecular and cellular underpinnings of brain function. Topics range from the basis of neuronal signaling to sensory systems organization, to mechanisms involved in learning, memory, and complex behaviors. Neuroscience, Pre-Med, Psychology, and Human Biology majors should be especially interested in this course.

NEUR 281 | Fundamentals of Neuroscience II

 Instructor:  Katie Holick, Neuroscience & Pharmacy
 Credits: 3
 Days & Times: Spring, T/R 1-2:20
 Pre-requisites: NEUR 280






Course Description: How does our brain help us 'sense' the world around us and aid us in responding appropriately? This course will focus on a foundational understanding of the sensory systems, cognitive processing, perception, and memory. Specific topics include: the organization of sensory systems, the control of movement; mechanisms for learning, memory, and complex behaviors. In addition, disease states as a result of disruption of homeostasis of these processes will also be discussed. Neuroscience, Pre-Med, Psychology, and Human Biology majors will enjoy this course and find it relevant to their future professions.

NEUR 380 | Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience

 Instructor:  Beverly Piggott, Neuroscience & Biology
 Credits: 3
 Days & Times: Fall, MWF 1:00-1:50
 Pre-requisites: NEUR 280






Course Description: What really happens at the cellular and molecular levels that allows the brain to control who we are and everything we do? This course explores subcellular organization, various forms of cellular communication, mechanisms of learning and memory, energy metabolism, axonal growth and guidance, synapse dynamics, as well as how all of these may be altered in disease and injury. The course will be especially valuable to Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Cellular & Molecular and Human Biology majors.

NEUR 391/381 | Neural Systems of Behavior and Cognition

 Instructor:  Nathan Insel, Neuroscience & Psychology
 Credits: 3
 Days & Times: T/R 1:00-2:20
 Pre-requisites: NEUR 280






Course Description: How does the brain compute behavior and cognition? This class explores the bridge between brain and behavior by examining interactions taking place at multiple levels of the nervous system, from individual cells, to circuits of neurons, to large-scale networks of circuits. A wide range of behaviors and cognitive processes will be considered, from basic reflexes to topics like planning, attention, emotion, and language. The course should be valuable for any student interested in Neuroscience or Psychology.

NEUR 441 | CNS Diseases

 Instructor:  Sarah Certel, Neuroscience & Biology
 Richard Bridges, Neuroscience & Biology
 Credits: 3
 Days & Times: Fall, T/R 11:00-12:20
 Pre-requisites: NEUR 280 or PSYX 250N or Consent of   Instructor





Course Description: At some point in our lives, each of us will be affected by neurological disease. Every student should take this course to gain a basic understanding of the underlying neural, molecular, and cellular basis of CNS diseases including Alzheimer’s, ALS, and neurodevelopment disorders. In addition, we will discuss emerging technologies that have the potential to revolutionize neurological and psychiatric treatment. This course should be of particular interest to Neuroscience, Pre-Med, Psychology, and Human Biology majors.

NEUR 458 | Neuroscience Research Techniques Lab

 Instructor:  Jesse Hay, Neuroscience
 Sarah Certel, Neuroscience & Biology
 Kasper Hansen, Neuroscience & Biology
 Credits: 4
 Days & Times:  Fall, T/R 8:00-9:20
 Pre-requisites:




Course Description: Why is NEURO 458 a required course? This laboratory course will allow you to gain critically relevant technical and communication skills used in contemporary neuroscience research. Topics covered include disease-modeling behavioral assays, electrophysiology, and neuronal cell culture and imaging techniques. Students will gain knowledge-based and hands-on, career-transferrable skills in experimental design, data collection, statistical analysis, and written and oral communication. We are excited to offer NEUR 458 as a capstone course for Neuroscience majors.

NEUR 491 | Neuroanatomy

 Instructor:  Katie Holick, Neuroscience & Pharmacy
 Credits: 3
 Days & Times:  Spring
 Pre-requisites: NEUR 280-281






Course Description: Have you ever wondered what structures of the brain carry out such a vast set of complex functions? This neuroanatomy course will outline the fundamental relationship between the structure and function of the central and peripheral nervous systems using both preserved specimens and advanced technology such as virtual reality (VR). Neuroscience, Pre-Med, Psychology, and Human Biology majors will find this course directly related to their future professions.

NEUR 491 | Neuropharmacology

 Instructor:  Richard Bridges, Neuroscience & Biology
 Katie Holick, Neuroscience & Pharmacy
 Credits: 3
 Days & Times: Fall, T/R 8:00-9:20
 Pre-requisites: BIOB 160N or NEUR 280 or PSYX 250N AND   CHMY 121N or 141N or Consent of Instructor




Course Description: Ever wonder how drugs used to treat disorders like epilepsy, depression, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease actually work within the nervous system? This course will provide students a better understanding of the chemical signaling systems in the brain, how these systems change in disease, and how drugs modulate their activity. The course should be of particular interest to Neuroscience, Pre-Med, Psychology, Chemistry, Biochemistry and Human Biology majors.