Neuroscience

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  • 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. Also offered as CAS PS 340.
  • 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
    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.
  • CAS NE 392: Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience
    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.
  • CAS NE 401: Senior Independent Work
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of NE Director of Undergraduate Academic and Research Affairs, and College Honors Committee.
    Laboratory research project chosen and performed under supervision of an affiliated neuroscience faculty member. Research lab must be chosen and the project approved by the program and College by the time of registration. Grade is determined by laboratory participation, written report, and oral presentation.
  • CAS NE 402: Senior Independent Work
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of NE Director of Undergraduate Academic and Research Affairs, and College Honors Committee.
    Laboratory research project chosen and performed under supervision of an affiliated neuroscience faculty member. Research lab must be chosen and the project approved by the program and College by the time of registration. Grade is determined by laboratory participation, written report, and oral presentation.
  • CAS NE 404: Senior Honors Seminar in Psychology and Neuroscience
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS NE 401.
    Prepares honors students in Psychological & Brain Sciences and Neuroscience to write and present their Senior Independent Work projects, and enhances the honors experience through engagement in honors community discussions of current research. Also offered as CAS PS 404.
  • CAS NE 445: Cellular and Molecular Neurophysiology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 203 or CAS BI 315 or CAS BI 325 or CAS NE 203; or consent of instructor.
    Cellular and molecular basis of neural excitability and synaptic transmission. The molecular understanding of ion channels is extrapolated to higher brain functions such as learning, memory, and sleep. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Also offered as CAS BI 445.
  • CAS NE 455: Developmental Neurobiology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 203 or CAS BI 325 or CAS NE 203; or consent of instructor.
    Fundamental principles of developmental neurobiology, stressing molecular mechanisms that underlie early neural development, differentiation, process outgrowth, and behavior. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion. Also offered as CAS BI 455.
  • CAS NE 481: Molecular Biology of the Neuron
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 203 or CAS NE 102.
    Topics include electrical properties of neurons, a survey of neurotransmitters, molecular structure and function of receptors, synaptic transmission, intracellular signaling, and the molecular biology of sensory transduction. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion. Also offered as CAS BI 481.
  • CAS NE 491: Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Research in neuroscience for students at the senior level. Students design and implement a research project with a faculty member. A minimum of 12 hours per week in lab or field work, not including preparation or evaluation time. Research topic must be defined at the time of registration. Course grade is determined by laboratory performance and written report.
  • CAS NE 492: Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Research in neuroscience for students at the senior level. Students design and implement a research project with a faculty member. A minimum of 12 hours per week in lab or field work, not including preparation or evaluation time. Research topic must be defined at the time of registration. Course grade is to be determined by laboratory performance and written report.
  • CAS NE 499: Human Functional Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS NE 202 and CAS NE 203; and a passing grade on a test of basic neuroanatomy learned in these two courses, or consent of instructor.
    In depth exploration of applied human neuroanatomy, through clinical cases. A study of lesion localization and their effects on functional systems through computer simulations and an in-clinic shadowing experience alongside clinical neurology faculty for direct observation of applied neuroanatomy.
  • CAS NE 520: Sensory Neurobiology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 325 or CAS NE 203; or consent of instructor.
    A broad survey of sensory system function in model organisms and humans, focusing on fundamental principles of neural processing. Topics include basic cellular transduction, neural coding, and links between neural activity and sensory perception. Also offered as CAS BI 520.
  • CAS NE 521: Animal Models in Behavioral Neuroscience
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing and either CAS PS 231 or CAS NE 101. Strongly recommended: CAS NE 102 and either CAS PS 337 or PS 338.
    Examines the modern behavioral approaches and wide range of species across the animal kingdom used to model human behavior and neural function. Lectures present background material, and students lead discussion of primary research articles. Also offered as CAS PS 521.
  • CAS NE 525: Biology of Neurodegenerative Diseases
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS NE 102 or CAS BI 203; ; and (CASNE203 OR CASBI325).
    An in-depth look at molecular mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases and their impact and relevance in clinical diagnosis and treatment. Topics include the molecular pathways of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's, and Creuztfeldt-Jacob Disease, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Also offered as CAS BI 525.
  • CAS NE 526: Neural Control of Movement
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 325 or CAS NE 203; or consent of instructor.
    In-depth examination of the neural mechanisms underlying body movement, with attention to current research techniques and applications to neuroprosthetics. Surveys literature that has shaped our understanding of brain regions including the primary and supplementary motor cortices, brain stem, basal ganglia, and cerebellum.
  • CAS NE 528: Human Brain Mapping
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 336 or CAS PS 339/NE 202.
    Localization in the brain of human mental functions and the study of their neural mechanisms. Topics include methods (fMRI, PET, TMS, ERP), memory, perception, recognition, attention, and executive processes. Also offered as CAS PS 528.
  • CAS NE 529: Neuroplasticity: Enabling the Brain to Heal Itself
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing and either CASPS231 or CASNE101; or consent of instructor
    Review of neurophysiological mechanisms underlying the astounding reorganizational capacity of the brain. Critical examination of ways to promote this plasticity: early childhood experiences, positive thinking, meditation, exercise, visualization, physical therapy, computerized re-training, and sensory and motor prostheses. Also offered as CAS PS 529.