Neuroscience

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  • CAS NE 392: 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.
  • 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 444: Neuroethology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 325 or CAS NE 203; or consent of instructor.
    Specialized natural behaviors reveal general principles of systems neuroscience. Examples include vocal learning in songbirds, sensory-motor integration in bats, and pattern generators in lobsters. Three hours lecture and literature discussion; three hours laboratory, including microchip programming and neural recordings. Also offered as CAS BI 444.
  • CAS NE 445: Cellular and Molecular Neurophysiology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 203 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 449: Neuroscience Design Lab
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 315 or CAS BI 325 or CAS NE 203; ; or consent of instructor.
    Design and build devices for neuroscience experiments. Interface sensors with computers using Arduino microprocessors. Guided exercises followed by independent design projects to quantify human sensory and motor performance, or emulate animal sensory-motor circuits. All levels of programming experience accepted. Also offered as CAS BI 449.
  • 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 IV
    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 IV
    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 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 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 528: Human Brain Mapping
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 336 or CAS PS 339 or CAS 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 530: Neural Models of Memory Function
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Computational models of neurobiological mechanisms for memory function and spatial navigation, with a particular emphasis on cellular and circuit models of the hippocampus and related cortical structures. Also offered as CAS PS 530.
  • CAS NE 535: Translational Research in Alzheimer’s Disease
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: (CASBI203 OR CASNE102) AND (CASBI325 OR CASNE203).
    An introduction to translational research focused on Alzheimer's disease, with particular emphasis on the search for new therapeutic targets, from observations of pathogenic phenotypes in patients to the development of appropriate animal and cellular models of the disease. Also offered as CAS BI 535.
  • CAS NE 544: Developmental Neuropsychology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Study of the neural mechanisms underlying behavioral development. Topics include the plasticity of the developing brain in response to deprivation or damage and mechanisms underlying specific syndromes (e.g., aphasia, dyslexia, learning disabilities, hyperactivity, autism, and Tourette's syndrome). Also offered as CAS PS 544.
  • CAS NE 545: Neurobiology of Motivated Behavior
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 315 or CAS BI 325 or CAS NE 203; or consent of instructor.
    Molecular and neuroendocrine mechanisms controlling reproductive and parental behaviors, ingestive behaviors and metabolism, and circadian rhythms, pain perception, and reward in vertebrates. Three hours lecture plus student-led discussions of relevant research papers. Also offered as CAS BI 545.
  • CAS NE 554: Neuroendocrinology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 315 or CAS BI 425.
    Studies how the two major integrative organ systems of animals, the endocrine and the nervous systems, interact to control physiological and behavioral aspects of reproduction, development, growth, biological rhythms, and homeostasis. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion. Also offered as CAS BI 554.