Courses

BIO 200/201 Animal Physiology [every FALL]
Animal physiology focuses on the functions of animals, including humans, required for survival (movement, respiration, circulation, etc.), neural and hormonal regulation of these functions, and the adjustments made to challenges presented by specific environments. Prerequisites: BIO 132/133 and CHM 111 or CHM 118. Laboratory (BIO 201) is optional but strongly recommended. Normally offered every fall.

NSC 230 Experimental Methods in Neuroscience [SPRING; next offered in 2021]
A laboratory course exploring anatomical research methods, neurochemical techniques, behavioral testing, design of experiments and data analysis. Prerequisites: CHM 111 or 118, and PSY 130 or NSC 125 or NSC 210 (can be taken concurrently). Normally offered every semester.

NSC 318 Systems Neurobiology [SPRING; next offered in 2021]
Systems neurobiology is the study of how networks of neurons function, and how these networks mediate sensation, movement, and higher-order functions such as attention, decision-making, language, and emotion. Course material focuses primarily on the neuroanatomy and functional organization of the vertebrate brain. Students demonstrate their mastery of course material through group work, discussions of the primary literature, and short writing projects. Prerequisites: NSC 210 and BIO 200 or BIO 202, or permission of the instructor. Normally offered alternate years.

NSC 328 Research in Systems Neurobiology [SPRING; not offered in 2020-21]
Understanding how organisms sense the external world, how they move around their environment, and why they exhibit complex behaviors requires studying nervous system function at many levels of biological organization — from genes to whole animals, and everything in between. In this course, you will gain experience with methods that enable neuroscientists to ask questions at the systems level. Students will begin the semester reading and discussing relevant literature and developing research proposals. The second part of the semester will focus on testing student-generated hypotheses about neural system function. Prerequisites: BIO 132 or equivalent and NSC 230. Enrollment limit of 12. Normally offered alternate years.

NSC 313 Seminar in Organismal Neuroscience, Topic: Neuroethology [SPRING; offered regularly]
This seminar approaches studying the nervous system by examining the mechanisms that have evolved to solve problems encountered by animals in their natural environment. Topics covered include behaviors related to orientation and migration, social communication, feeding and reproduction. Final project requires students to research and communicate a topic in neuroethology to a general audience via audio/video Podcasts. Prerequisites: NSC 230 or BIO 363 and either BIO 200, NSC 210 or permission of the instructor. BIO 362 is recommended but not required. Normally offered alternate years.

NSC 302 Brains, Behavior, and Evolution: Panama Field Course [J-TERM; offered intermittently]
Through study of diverse animals in the setting of the tropical rainforest, students will deepen their appreciation of how brain and behavior adapt to diverse ecological niches. Preferred preparation: A 200-level course in Biology and a 200-level course in Neuroscience. Enrollment limit of 10. Application required. Apply through Lewis Global Studies Center