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|Professor:||B. Hetzler (Psychology)|
|Associate professors:||L. Hilt (Psychology), J. Humphries (Biology) (on leave term(s) I, II, III), N. Wall (Biology, chair)|
|Assistant professor:||B. Piasecki (Biology)|
Neuroscience unites biology, chemistry, and psychology in a quest to understand the nervous system. Students participating in the program may include those interested in medicine, veterinary medicine, nursing, and graduate study in neuroscience. This program, however, also serves those whose primary interest is the elusive and alluring question of how the brain works. An important feature of our program is the wide range of laboratory facilities available, and students are encouraged to engage in neuroscience research in collaboration with the faculty.
Required for the interdisciplinary area in neuroscience
- The following core courses:
- BIOL 130: Integrative Biology: Cells to Organisms
- BIOL 150: Integrative Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems
- BIOL 242: Comparative Physiology
- CHEM 115 and 116: Principles of Chemistry
- PSYC 360: Brain and Behavior I
- PSYC 420: Clinical and Affective Neuroscience
- At least one course outside the student's major department from the following group:
- ANTH 140: Biological Anthropology
- BIOL 240: Morphogenesis of the Vertebrates
- BIOL 354: Molecular Biology
- BIOL 444 or CHEM 340: Biochemistry
- BIOL 453: Developmental Biology
- Chemistry 250 and 252: Organic Chemistry I and II (both courses must be taken to fulfill the requirement)
- MATH 107 or 117: Elementary Statistics or 207: Introduction to Probability and Statistics or BIOL 170: Integrative Biology: Experimental Analysis
- PSYC 290: Developmental Psychopathology
- PSYC 350: Psychopharmacology and Behavior
- PSYC 370: Perception
- PSYC 380: Learning and Conditioning
- BIOL 340/PSYC 580: Topics in Neuroscience
Courses - Neuroscience
MATH 107: Elementary StatisticsFor students in all disciplines. Provides the background needed to evaluate statistical arguments found in newspapers, magazines, reports, and journals and the logic and techniques necessary to perform responsible elementary statistical analysis. Topics include basic data analysis, one-variable regression, experimental and sampling design, random variables, sampling distributions, and inference (confidence intervals and significance testing). This course may not be taken on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis.
CHEM 115: Principles of Chemistry: Structure and ReactivityIntroduction to the basic principles of chemistry, emphasizing structures of chemical species (atoms, ions, and molecules), stoichiometry, the relationships between structure and reactivity, basic chemical models (gas laws, e. g.) and laboratory skills. This course will serve primarily to prepare students who have not had any previous (high school) coursework in chemistry for CHEM 116. Three lectures and one laboratory session each week. Students with high school chemistry should normally take 116 instead of this course. See the chemistry department's web page for placement examination information.
CHEM 116: Principles of Chemistry: Energetics and DynamicsIntroduction to the study of chemistry, for students who have taken high school chemistry or CHEM 115, emphasizing structural and quantitative models of chemical behavior. Topics include bonding, thermochemistry, equilibrium, kinetics, and related applications. Three lectures and one laboratory per week. Enrollment is determined by placement examination for students who have not completed CHEM 115. See the chemistry department's web page for placement examination information.
BIOL 130: Integrative Biology: Cells to OrganismsAn exploration of fundamental cellular processes in an evolutionary context including homeostasis, cell cycle, gene expression, energy transformation, inheritance, and multi-cellular development. Experimental approaches will be emphasized. Lecture and laboratory.
BIOL 150: Integrative Biology: Organisms to EcosystemsDevelopment, morphology, physiology, and ecology of plants, animals, fungi and unicellular organisms will be compared in evolutionary context. Phylogenic relationships, ecological interactions, and ecosystem processes will be explored. Lecture and laboratory.
BIOL 170: Integrative Biology: Experimental Design and StatisticsAn introduction to experimental and sampling design in the fields of biology and biochemistry, as well as methods of data analysis and interpretation. The connection between statistical analysis and experimental design will be emphasized. Topics include descriptive, exploratory, and confirmatory statistical analyses. Lecture and computer laboratory.
BIOL 200: Animal BehaviorA lecture and field-study course examining the principles and problems of animal behavior. Subjects include orientation, feeding, locomotion, communication, escape in time and space, biological rhythms, mate choice, and aspects of social behavior, examined from evolutionary, ontogenetic, physiological, ecological, and ethological perspectives. Lecture and laboratory.
BIOL 240: Morphogenesis of the VertebratesAn integrated lecture and laboratory course that undertakes the study of the structure and function of vertebrate organ systems through examination of morphology. Vertebrate ontogeny, phylogeny, and anatomy are addressed.
BIOL 242: Comparative PhysiologyA comparative study of the variety of solutions and adaptations diverse animals can make to similar problems — obtaining and transporting oxygen, maintaining water and salt balance, utilizing food, movement, and nervous and hormonal integration. Lecture and laboratory.
CHEM 250: Organic Chemistry IA study of the relationship between structure and function in organic compounds. Basic topics such as molecular orbital theory, conformational equilibria, stereochemistry, and nucleophilic substitution are covered. Students also learn to use instrumental analysis (NMR, IR, GC-MS) to identify and characterize compounds. One four-hour laboratory per week.
CHEM 252: Organic Chemistry IIA study of organic reactions and their mechanisms. The focus of the class is synthesis, both in the concrete sense of building molecules and in the abstract sense of pulling together disparate concepts to solve problems. Case studies from the polymer and pharmaceutical industries underline the relevance of the discipline to everyday life. One four-hour laboratory per week.
PSYC 290: Developmental PsychopathologyUsing developmental psychopathology theory, this course involves the examination of psychological disorders in children and adolescents. The course emphasizes the complex interplay of biological and psychological factors over the course of development that lead to different outcomes. Several topics are covered including ADHD, anxiety, autism, conduct disorder, eating disorders, depression, and self-harm.
BIOL 325: Cell BiologySurvey of the structure and function of eukaryotic cells, the basic functional unit of life. Correlation of cellular structures including organelles, proteins, and membranes with functions such as cellular communication, division, transport, movement, and secretory pathways will be analyzed. Lecture and laboratory.
BIOL 340: Topics in NeuroscienceA study of the nervous system from the perspectives of psychology and biology. Topics vary year to year and may include glial cells, neural development, and the evolution of nervous systems and neurotransmitter systems. Lecture only. May be repeated when topic is different.
Topic for Fall 2017: Microbes and the Brain
The gut-brain axis is a bidirectional communication network linking microbial organisms in the mammalian gastrointestinal track to specific neurological processes in the brain. Using primary research articles as a basis, this course will explore how psychological, environmental, and behavioral factors influence the physiological state of both the brain and the gut. Course format includes discussions, presentations, and writing assignments.