Neuroscience

Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience

CAS NE 392 (Var credits)

Research in neuroscience for students at the junior level. Students design and implement a research project with a faculty member.

2017SPRGCASNE392 K2, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD
2017SPRGCASNE392 Q1, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD

Senior Independent Work

CAS NE 401 (4 credits)

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.

Senior Independent Work

CAS NE 402 (4 credits)

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.

Senior Honors Seminar in Psychology and Neuroscience

CAS NE 404 (4 credits)

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.

2017SPRGCASNE404 A1, Jan 24th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 3:30 pm 6:15 pm

Cellular and Molecular Neurophysiology

CAS NE 445 (4 credits)

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.

2016FALLCASNE445 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 12:00 pm 1:00 pm BRB 121
2016FALLCASNE445 B1, Sep 9th to Dec 9th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 2:00 pm 5:00 pm SCI 446

Neuroscience Design Lab

CAS NE 449 (4 credits)

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.

Developmental Neurobiology

CAS NE 455 (4 credits)

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.

2016FALLCASNE455 A1, Sep 9th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 10:00 am 12:00 pm PRB 148
F 10:00 am 12:00 pm SOC B59

Molecular Biology of the Neuron

CAS NE 481 (4 credits)

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.

2016FALLCASNE481 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 1:00 pm 2:00 pm SCI 115
2016FALLCASNE481 B1, Sep 12th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 3:00 pm 4:00 pm LSE ARR

Human Functional Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases

CAS NE 499 (4 credits)

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.

2017SPRGCASNE499 A1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 5:00 pm 6:45 pm

Sensory Neurobiology

CAS NE 520 (4 credits)

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.

2016FALLCASNE520 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 11:00 am 12:30 pm LSE ARR
2016FALLCASNE520 B1, Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 4:00 pm 5:00 pm LSE ARR

Animal Models in Behavioral Neuroscience

CAS NE 521 (4 credits)

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.

2017SPRGCASNE521 A1, Jan 19th to Apr 27th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 12:30 pm 3:15 pm

Biology of Neurodegenerative Diseases

CAS NE 525 (4 credits)

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.

2016FALLCASNE525 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MF 9:00 am 10:00 am PSY B41
W 9:00 am 11:00 am PSY B45
2017SPRGCASNE525 A1, Jan 20th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MF 9:05 am 9:55 am
W 9:05 am 11:00 am

Human Brain Mapping

CAS NE 528 (4 credits)

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.

2016FALLCASNE528 A1, Sep 9th to Dec 9th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 1:00 pm 4:00 pm PSY 210

Neuroplasticity: Enabling the Brain to Heal Itself

CAS NE 529 (4 credits)

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.

2016FALLCASNE529 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 2:00 pm 5:00 pm PSY 153

Neural Models of Memory Function

CAS NE 530 (4 credits)

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.

2017SPRGCASNE530 A1, Jan 19th to Apr 27th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 3:30 pm 6:15 pm

Translational Research in Alzheimer’s Disease

CAS NE 535 (4 credits)

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.

2016FALLCASNE535 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MF 2:00 pm 3:00 pm CGS 321
W 2:00 pm 4:00 pm CGS 321

Neuroethology

CAS NE 542 (4 credits)

The purpose of this course is to link neurobiology to behavioral ecology and the properties of the sensory stimulus environment. Examples include vocal learning in songbirds, sensory-motor integration in bats, and marine odor plume navigation in lobsters and sharks. Students choose and develop a research topic in the second half of the course. Three hours lecture; one hour discussion. Also offered as CAS BI 542.

2017SPRGCASNE542 A1, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 9:30 am 10:45 am
W 2:30 pm 3:20 pm

Developmental Neuropsychology

CAS NE 544 (4 credits)

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.

2016FALLCASNE544 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 10:00 am 1:00 pm PSY 210

Neurobiology of Motivated Behavior

CAS NE 545 (4 credits)

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.

2016FALLCASNE545 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 2:00 pm 3:30 pm PSY B49
2016FALLCASNE545 B1, Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 3:30 pm 5:00 pm BRB 121

Perception and Quantitative Physiology of the Auditory System

CAS NE 560 (4 credits)

Introduction to the mammalian auditory system from a systems prospective. The class follows how sound propagates into the ear, how mechanical energy is transformed into a neural code, how that code is transformed through the mammalian auditory pathway from the cochlea to the cortex, and how auditory sensation and perception are related to this chain of neural processing. Anatomy and physiology cover the structure and function of the middle ear, cochlea, brainstem, midbrain, thalamus, and cortex. Perceptual topics include basic sensitivity, spatial hearing, pitch perception, auditory scene analysis, attention, and speech perception. Implications for hearing impairment and prosthetic hearing devices are covered. Associated discussion sessions cover recent research findings from general-interest, high-impact publications.