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Undergraduate Neuroscience Courses

Undergraduate Neuroscience Courses

BIO 203-E Fundamentals of Biology: Cellular and Organ Physiology

The fundamentals of cell and organ physiology in mammalian and non-mammalian organisms. The structure and function of cell membranes and the physiology of cell to cell signaling, cellular respiration, and homeostasis of organs and organisms are examined with an emphasis on the comparative physiology of vertebrates and invertebrates.
Prerequisite: Level 3 or higher on the mathematics placement examination or BME 100
Pre- or Corequisites: CHE 123 or 129 or 131 or 141; MAT 125 or higher or AMS 151
3 credits
Instructor:  William Collins

BIO 208-H Cell, Brain, Mind

An introduction to the human brain and how it is the target of diseases, drugs, and psychological disturbances. The course explores these topics through a knowledge of basic cell neurobiology. The implications of brain science for human behavior in society are also considered. Not for major credit.
Prerequisite: BIO 101 or 150
Advisory Prerequisite: High school chemistry
3 credits
Instructor: S. Yazulla

BIO 317 Principles of Cellular Signaling

Basic principles of cellular signaling and maintenance of cellular and organismic homeostasis through intra and intercellular signaling mechanisms. Emphasis is on relationships between nuclear events and ongoing processes of the cell. The roles of membrane receptors and second-messenger pathways in mediating such diverse events as bacterial chemotaxis, protozoan locomotion, and secretion are discussed.
Prerequisites: C or higher in BIO 202 and 203
3 credits
Instructor: W. Collins

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BIO 328 Mammalian Physiology

The course covers basic principles of mammalian physiology. The subject matter includes cellular physiology, introduction to peripheral and CNS sensory and motor function, immune system, endocrine system, skeletal and smooth muscle physiology, cardiovascular function, respiration, renal physiology and reproduction. May not be taken for credit in addition to HBY 350.
Prerequisite: BIO 203
Advisory Prerequisite: CHE 132 or 142
3 credits
Instructor: D. McKinnon

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BIO 334 Principles of Neurobiology

The ionic basis of nerve potentials, the physiology of synapses, sense organs and effectors, and the integrative action of the nervous system are discussed.
Prerequisites: BIO 203; CHE 131 or 141
3 credits
Instructor: Leslie (Craig) Evinger

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BIO 335 Neurobiology Laboratory
Laboratory exercises designed to illustrate principles learned in BIO 328. Topics include compound action potentials; synaptic transmission; isometric and isotonic skeletal muscle contraction; neural, hormonal, and ionic control of cardiac function; and human respiration. One hour of lecture, one hour of recitation and one three-hour laboratory per week.
Prerequisites: CHE 132 or 133
Pre- or Corequisite: BIO 328
3 credits
Course Director: M. Kernan

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BIO 338 From Synapse to Circuit: Self-organization of the Brain
Exploration of basic neural and synaptic mechanisms and the operation of representative brain circuits, using both theoretical approaches and experimental evidence. Particular attention is given to Hebb's Rule, its cellular basis, its consequences for circuit selforganization, and its limits. A solid background in a mathematical, physical, or biological science is desirable, but most relevant background material is covered in the course.
Prerequisite: BIO 203 or CHE 132 or PHY 122
Advisory Prerequisite: BIO 334
3 credits
Instructor: P. Adams

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BIO 339 Molecular Development of the Nervous System
An introduction to the molecular events that underlie development and plasticity of both the peripheral and central nervous systems, with a focus on neuronal mechanisms. Molecular and genetic approaches to the analysis of neural induction, neuronal differentiation, neuronal death and survival, neurotrophic factors, synapse formation and plasticity are presented.
Prerequisite: BIO 202
Advisory Prerequisite: BIO 203 or 325
3 credits
Instructor: J. Levine

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BIO 446 Readings in Neurobiology and Physiology
Tutorial readings in the biological sciences. These courses may be repeated, but not more than two credits may be used toward biology major requirements. Limit of one topic per semester.
Prerequisites: Written permission of instructor and undergraduate studies committee
1-2 credits, S/U grading

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BIO 486 Research in Neurobiology and Physiology
In these courses, the student works under the supervision of a faculty member in developing an individual project that makes use of the knowledge and techniques acquired in previous courses. The student prepares an appropriate report on the project. Any of the courses may be taken for more than two semesters, but no more than four credits of research and internship may be used for biology major requirements. Limit of one topic per semester.
Prerequisite: Written permission of instructor and undergraduate studies committee. See this page for suggestions on how to get started.

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