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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 116: Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology with Integrated Science Experience 1 Lab
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CH 101; and acceptance into the Integrated Science Experience (ISE).
    Integration of general chemistry with biology and neuroscience, with an emphasis on how each discipline interacts experimentally. Laboratory focuses on projects relating to enzymes and their function. 3 lecture hours (meets with CAS NE 102 lecture), 3 hours lab.
  • CAS NE 191: Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Undergraduate research in a topic in neuroscience.
  • CAS NE 192: Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Undergraduate research in a topic 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 212: Introduction to MATLAB Programming for Research in Psychological & Brain Sciences
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS NE 101 or CAS PS 101; , one semester of calculus; or consent of instructor.
    Teaches computer programming concepts, core statistical concepts, and related skills via MATLAB. Process-simulation, data-analysis cycles, with examples from neuroscience, promote "constructive" understanding of descriptive and inferential statistics (e.g., linear regression models, model-specific anovas, confidence intervals). Briefly treats numerical integration. Also offered as CAS PS 212.
  • CAS NE 218: Fundamentals of Neuroscience with Integrated Science Experience II Lab
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS NE 116 and CAS CH 116, or consent of instructor.
    Integration of cell biology with organic chemistry and neuroscience, with emphasis on how each discipline interacts experimentally. Laboratory focuses on synthesizing compounds and testing in biological systems. 3 lecture hours (meets with CAS NE 203 lecture), 1 discussion hour, 4 hours lab, 2 hour lab discussion.
  • CAS NE 230: Behavioral Endocrinology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 108 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: Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Undergraduate research in a topic in neuroscience.
  • CAS NE 292: Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Undergraduate research in a topic in neuroscience.
  • 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 a virtual rat. Also offered as CAS PS 323.
  • CAS NE 327: Experimental Psychology: Perception
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 101; CAS PS 211 or CAS MA 115 & CAS MA 116; and CAS PS 222.
    Introduces psychophysical methods and their use in the study of perceptual processes: Students learn to think critically about the relation between theory and experiment, conduct perception experiments, and write experimental reports. Also offered as CAS PS 327.
  • CAS NE 328: Experimental Psychology: Memory & Cognition
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 211; CAS PS/NE 212 (preferred) or CASMA115 and CASMA116; CAS PS 336 or CAS PS 339/NE 202; or consent of instructor.
    An overview of standard experimental paradigms and computational modeling approaches used in the study of memory and cognition. Methods are illustrated in the laboratory where students perform experiments using themselves as subjects and analyze and model their data using computers. Also offered as CAS PS 328.
  • CAS NE 333: Drugs and Behavior
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 101; and junior or senior standing; 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.