BIO 3010 Principles of Neuroscience (4 credits w/ lab)
Principles of Neuroscience is a discussion and lecture based course designed to give an overview of the nervous system, with a broad focus ranging “from molecules to mind.” Where applicable, these topics will be presented with respect to relevant biomedical research techniques and human pathologies/behaviors. Student presentations will incorporate the mechanisms learned in the first part of the course with human behaviors and diseases. Includes a laboratory component that utilizes experiential learning to focus on technique development, problem-solving skills, and data analysis.
BIO 4200 Neurogenesis: Implications on Human Health and Disease (4 credit w/ Lab)
In this course, students will explore the mechanisms of neurogenesis- the birth of new and functional neurons in the adult nervous system, gain exposure to some exemplary scientific manuscripts that led to the discovery of Adult Neurogenesis, and discuss its implications on human health and disease through a survey of diseases including Alzheimers Disease, Down Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Epilepsy. The laboratory will focuses on student-driven scientific questions using a Zebrafish model of nervous system regeneration.
BIO 4210 Molecular Neurobiology (4 credit w/ Lab)
Bio 4210 is designed to provide in-depth training in the molecular mechanisms within the field of Neuroscience. The lecture portion will rely heavily upon review and discussion of current scientific manuscripts, thus enforcing the skills of critical analysis of literature while learning about research methodology. In the lab portion of this course, students are expected to maintain a laboratory notebook while creating their own research hypothesis and design, collecting data over multiple reproductions, and analyzing data.
BIO 42XX Neuroendocrinology (4 credit w/ Lab)
BIO 4250 Journal Club: Advanced Topics in Neuroscience (2 credits)
This is a capstone course with a flexible topic, dependent upon the expertise and interest of the professor. The course will include both written and oral presentation components, as well as discussion and critical analysis of primary literature.
PSY 3520 Sensation and Perception (4 credits)
This course introduces students to two closely related, though distinct processes. Sensation and perception are the processes by which we absorb information from environmental stimuli (sensation) and convert it into data that our brains and bodies use to modify behavior (perception). Students will learn about the neurobiology of sensory pathways, fundamentals of perceptual processing, and higher level meaning-making for our senses including: vision (seeing), audition (hearing), the chemical senses (taste and smell), and somatosensation (touch). Prerequisite: PSY 2500 or PSY 2600.
PSY 4610 Drugs and Human Behavior (4 credits)
Examines the basic principles of psychopharmacology and the effects of psychoactive drugs on human nervous system functioning, emotion, thought, and behavior. Historical and current patterns of drug use are explored, with an emphasis on drugs of abuse and their effects on individuals. The effects, applications, and abuse of several drug classifications are studied, including but not limited to stimulants, narcotics, hallucinogens, cannabinoids, depressants, and alcohol. Relationships and applications to several areas of psychology are discussed, as are general issues in prevention and treatment. Prerequisites: PSY 2600.