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Course Descriptions

Neuroscience Course Listings - Spring 2013

BIOLOGY 220 – Neurobiology
5 credits
Pederson, Cathy

Prerequisites:  Biology 170 and 180
This course introduces biology majors and minors to the intricacies of the nervous system.  The course begins with the basics of neuronal communication and then moves to the organization of the nervous system (particularly the brain) into various systems as well as the visual, auditory, and motor systems.  Laboratories will focus on the anatomy and current understanding of the mammalian brain.  To this end, laboratories will include dissection of mammalian brains, interpretation of MRIs and an independent project.

PHIL 203R 01 and 02: Mysteries of Self & Soul
4 credits
Reed, Don

Prerequisite:  none
In this course students will explore the relationships between their answers to four classic problems: (1) How does your mind relate to your body? (2) Do you have free will, or are your actions and choices determined? (3) Will you survive the death of your body? And (4) is possession by a demon or other spirit possible? The two initial prompts for our considerations will be movies such as The Matrix and The Exorcist and texts from the history of philosophy and psychology.  Students will also read a book by a well known neuroscientist about findings from studies of the brain and will reflect on what these findings mean for the four questions listed above. Evaluations will be based on daily quizzes, periodic tests, and a final exam.

PSYC 207:  Experimental Design
5 credits
Anes, Michael

Prerequisite: Psychology 107 or another statistics course.
This laboratory course gives you hands-on experience with the basic principles of research in psychology: the logic and methodologies of collecting data in a scientific manner, and the concepts and techniques of applying statistics to collected data in order to draw conclusions. We will cover a variety of methodologies, emphasizing how you can use each of them yourself. As part of this course, you will design and implement a number of studies that involve collecting, analyzing, and interpreting original data, as well as reporting your findings. Each study will illustrate a different type of analytic tool or procedure, but the specific questions to be addressed in these studies will be determined by you.

PSYC 311: Behavioral Neuroscience
5 credits
Woehrle, Nancy

Prerequisites:  Psychology 107 or another statistics course and Psychology 110.
This course provides the student with a solid background in the biological basis of behavior.  Topics covered in lectures include the study of neurons, gross and fine neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, sensory systems, and the physiological basis of motivation (thirst, hunger, sex, and sleep), emotions, learning, memory, brain damage, and psychopathology.  Final grade is based on four tests, in different formats, a final exam, and laboratory reports on weekly 3-hour laboratory sessions.

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