Neuroscience

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  • CAS NE 101: Introduction to Neuroscience
    An introduction to the biological basis of behavior and cognition. Includes theoretical and practical foundations rooted in psychology, biology, neuropharmacology, and clinical sciences (e.g., neurology and neuropsychiatry). Neuroethical dilemmas are highlighted and integrated when relevant to discussion topics. Carries natural sciences divisional credit without lab in CAS.
  • CAS NE 102: Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
    A cellular and molecular approach to nervous system function. Includes molecular and genetic basis of neurons; structure and function of ion channels, synapses, and glia; mechanisms of signal transduction; neuroendocrinology; and sensory systems and transduction. Project labs focused on anatomy and physiology of neurons.
  • CAS NE 191: Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience 1
    Undergraduate research in neuroscience.
  • CAS NE 192: Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience 2
    Undergraduate research in neuroscience.
  • CAS NE 202: Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS NE 101 or CAS PS 231; and sophomore standing or consent of instructor.
    Cognitive neuroscience seeks to understand the brain basis of cognition. This course introduces research methods and human neuroanatomy, and provides a survey of topics including learning and memory, attention, perception, language, social cognition, and executive function. Also offered as CAS PS 339.
  • CAS NE 203: Principles of Neuroscience with Lab
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: sophomore standing, and CAS BI 203 or CAS NE 102; or consent of instructor.
    Fundamentals of the nervous system, emphasizing synaptic transmission; hierarchical organization; automatic nervous system; mechanisms of sensory perception; reflexes and motor function; biorhythms; and neural mechanisms of feeding, mating, learning, and memory. Project labs focus on animal behavior, electrophysiology, and learning and memory. Lecture portion meets with CAS BI 325.
  • CAS NE 204: Introduction to Computational Models of Brain and Behavior
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS MA 123 and CAS MA 124; and sophomore standing, or consent of instructor.
    Introduction to important concepts in cognitive neuroscience and computational modeling of biological neural systems. Combines a systems-level overview of brain function with an introduction to modeling of brain and behavior using neural networks.
  • CAS NE 230: Behavioral Endocrinology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 108 or CAS BI 118 or CAS NE 102; and sophomore standing.
    Hormonal control of reproductive behaviors and social affiliation, aggression, fluid homeostasis and feeding, biological rhythms including seasonal reproduction, stress, learning and memory, psychiatric illness, and steroid abuse. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion. Also offered as CAS BI 230.
  • CAS NE 234: Psychology of Learning
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 101.
    Survey of theory and techniques in learning and their applications in different settings. Topics include problem solving, memory, reward and punishment, and reinforcement schedules as studied in animals, normal classrooms, and remedial settings. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. Also offered as CAS PS 234.
  • CAS NE 291: Undergr Ne Res
  • CAS NE 292: Undergr Ne Res
  • CAS NE 322: Experimental Psychology: Physiological
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 101 and CAS PS 211; or (CASMA115 and CASMA116).
    Laboratory course in physiological psychology. Emphasis on neuroanatomical mechanisms involved in behavior. Experiments are performed on rodents and resulting data are analyzed. Research reports required. Also offered as CAS PS 322.
  • CAS NE 323: Experimental Psychology: Learning
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 101 and CAS PS 211; or (CASMA115&CASMA116).
    Methodology, results, and interpretation of respondent and operant conditioning. Experimental analyses of selected topics in learning within the context of reinforcement theory. Required reports of instructor-planned and student-planned experiments using the albino rat. Courses include two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory work a week. Also offered as CAS PS 323.
  • CAS NE 330: Introduction to Computational Models of Vision
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS MA 123 ; CAS MA 124 ; CAS NE 204; ; sophomore standing, or consent of instructor.
    Explores the psychological, biological, mathematical, and computational foundations of visual perception. Mathematically specified neural and computational models elucidate the structure and dynamics of the mammalian visual system.
  • CAS NE 333: Drugs and Behavior
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 101; or consent of instructor.
    Comprehensive survey of drug influences on behavior; introduces a neuroscience approach to behavior. Several classes of drugs are discussed, including abused and addictive substances and psychoactive and therapeutic agents. Also offered as CAS PS 333.
  • CAS NE 337: Memory Systems of the Brain
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 231 or CAS BI 325 or CAS NE 203; or consent of instructor.
    Survey of investigations into the brain systems and neurobiological mechanisms of memory. Includes experimental studies of amnesia in humans and experimental models of amnesia in animals. Focus on evidence for multiple forms of memory and distinct brain systems that mediate them. Also offered as CAS PS 337.
  • CAS NE 338: Neuropsychology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 231 or CAS BI 325 or CAS NE 203.
    Survey of theoretical aspects and major empirical findings in human neuropsychology, including memory, language, spatial function, attention, emotion, and abstract thought. Emphasis is on the relation between brain disorders (resulting from head injury, stroke, degenerative disease, etc.) and abnormal behavior. Also offered as CAS PS 338.
  • CAS NE 340: Introduction to Computational Models of Skilled Decision and Action
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS MA 123 ; CAS MA 124 ; CAS NE 204; ; sophomore standing, or consent of instructor.
    Humans are facile skill learners. What brain circuits and learning mechanisms enable skilled selection of plans and enactment of the plans chosen? Integrates interdisciplinary efforts to understand brain functions well enough to allow accurate computer simulations of skill learning.
  • CAS NE 360: Introduction to Computational Neuroscience of Speech, Language, and Hearing
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS MA 226 or CAS NE 204; and junior standing; or consent of the instructor.
    Introduces the foundations of auditory perception including the mammalian auditory pathway, speech and language perception, links with speech production, auditory scene analysis, and music perception from a computational perspective. Laboratory computer assignments elucidate functional properties of these systems.
  • CAS NE 391: Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience III
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Research in neuroscience for students at the junior level. Students design and implement a research project with a faculty member.