NEUR 6010 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000 or BIOL 4102 with a grade of C or higher
Description

Advanced exploration of cellular and molecular function in neurons and glia. Topics include excitable membranes and cells, ion channels and receptors, synaptic transmission and plasticity, neural development, and molecular bases of neurological diseases.

NEUR 6015 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000, BIOL 4102, NEUR 6010, or BIOL 6102, or equivalent
Description

Topics include excitable membranes and cells, ion channels, synaptic transmission and plasticity, ion channels and receptors, neural development, and axon guidance. An elective for graduate Neuroscience majors. 4.000 credit hours.

NEUR 6020 Cognitive Neuroscience
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000 or BIOL 4102, with grades of C or higher
Description

Covers the neural basis of cognition, learning, emotion, memory and language, as well as the methods used to investigate these topics.

NEUR 6030 Computational Neuroscience
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000, BIOL 4102, and MATH 2201 with grades of C or higher
Description

A project-based course focused on building and testing computational models of neurons, networks, and neural circuits that mediate animal behavior.

NEUR 6040 Neuroethology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000 or BIOL 4102, with a grade of C or higher
Description

The neural basis of natural animal behavior. This course covers sensorimotor coding of behavior in a diverse array of animals including bats, owls, electric fish, and songbirds. It provides a unique perspective for students who want to understand the general principles underlying neural control of behavior. Developmental, evolutionary, systems, and comparative approaches are emphasized. Students will read classic papers as well as cutting-edge primary literature.

NEUR 6050 Statistics for Neuroscience
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000 or BIOL 4102 with a grade of C or higher
Description

Three lecture and one laboratory hour per week. Introduction to research design, data analysis, and scientific communication as applied to neuroscience research questions. Topics include fundamentals of hypothesis testing and research design, descriptive data collection techniques, and data analysis and interpretation using correlation, regression, t-tests, and univariate design.

NEUR 6060 Neurophysiology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000 or BIOL 4102 with a grade of C or higher
Description

The physiology of nervous systems, including the physiological bases of excitability, synaptic transmission and integration, sensory and motor processing, and behavioral choice. Current experimental and computational approaches to neurophysiological questions will be discussed.

NEUR 6070 Sensory Neuroscience
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000 or BIOL 4102, or PSYC 4110 with a grade of C or higher
Description

The course will cover the neural basis of sensation and perception, from neural coding in the sense organs to central representation leading to perception. The neurobiology of vision, audition, somatosensation (touch and pain), and chemosensation (taste and smell) will be covered.

NEUR 6080 Clinical Neuroscience
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000 or BIOL 4102 with a grade of C or higher
Description

This course will examine the neurobiological basis of mental disorders such as depression and schizophrenia as well as the neurodegenerative conditions of Parkinsons and Alzheimers Diseases. Additional topics include psychoneuroimmunology, stress and coping, the role of genetics and epigenetics in neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders, and the role of gut microbes in health and disease.

NEUR 6100 Developmental Neurobiology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000 or BIOL 3800 with a grade of C or higher
Description

Introduction to the development of the nervous system. Covers the field of developmental neurobiology from neural induction to the modification of neuronal connections in the adult nervous system and uses a variety of model organisms to demonstrate the rules by which nervous systems develop.

NEUR 6110 Neural Plasticity
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000 or BIOL 4102 with a grade of C or higher
Description

Phenomenology and mechanisms of experience-dependent changes in the nervous system. The course will examine plasticity at many levels of analysis, from synaptic mechanisms to clinical strategies, and from molecular neuroscience to cognitive psychology.

NEUR 6115 Medical Neuroanatomy
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000 or BIOL 3840 with a grade of C or higher
Description

Human brain and spinal cord functional neuroanatomy and associated pathologies.

NEUR 6150 Drugs and the Nervous System
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NEUR 2000 or NEUR 3000, or PSYC 1100 and PSYC 2050, with grades of C or higher
Description

This course provides in-depth and advanced exploration of the neuronal and chemical mechanisms underlying psychoactive drug action as well as compulsive drug usage. The focus will be both on drugs of abuse as well as pharmacological interventions in neural/behavioral disorders.

NEUR 6200 Endocrinology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites CHEM 6600 or equivalent
Description

(Same as BIOL 6240.) Four lecture hours a week. Basic biochemistry and physiology of the endocrine system, including synthesis and secretion of steroid and protein hormones, mechanisms of hormone action, and endocrinology of reproduction.

NEUR 6250 Neuroscience of Memory
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000, BIOL 4102, or equivalent
Description

An introduction to the neural bases of memory. The course begins with a review of the historical background, experimental methods, and relevant principles of neuroscience. The Neuroscience of memory will then be reviewed at different levels of biological organization, including molecular/cellular, neural circuit, neural systems, and behavioral.

NEUR 6251 Neuroscience of Motivation and Emotion.
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Neur 3000 or Biol 4102 with a C or higher
Description

An examination of how the nervous system generates motivation and emotional states in diverse species, including humans. Topics include neural mechanisms of thirst and hunger, defense and fear, social behavior as well as disorders of emotion and motivation. For Neuroscience majors, this course in a neuroscience-elective (Area G2); for Biology majors, this course is an Area I elective. (Cross-listed with NEUR 4250.)

NEUR 6300 Introduction to Psychophysiology
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

(Same as PSYC 6140.) Three lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Laboratory course in the use of physiological techniques in understanding psychological phenomena. Includes applications of methodologies such as EMG, EEG, ERP, and MRI. Demonstrates how these measures inform scientists about the workings of the brain and peripheral nervous system in producing thinking and behavior.

NEUR 6310 Neurobiology Laboratory
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 4102, or equivalent, and consent of instructor
Description

(Same as BIOL 6180.) Two lecture and six laboratory hours a week. Laboratory techniques in neuroscience, including intra- and extracellular electrophysiology, computational methods, neuroanatomy, immunocytochemistry, and neuroethology.

NEUR 6320 Fundamentals of Bioinformatics
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3800 or written approval of instructor
Description

(Same as BIOL 6640, CHEM 6640, and CSC 6640.) Four lecture hours per week. A “hands-on” approach to bioinformatics using PCs, the internet, and computer graphics to analyze, correlate, and extract information from biological databases, emphasizing sequence and structure databases for proteins and nucleic acids, and introducing the computing skills necessary for bioinformatics. Topics include: sequences and three-dimensional structures of proteins and nucleic acids, the major databases, algorithms for sequence comparison, data mining, and prediction of structure and function.

NEUR 6330 Functional Neuroimaging
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

Foundations of physics principles applied to brain processes, different imaging modalities, and neuroimaging data analysis methods. Topics include physiological basis of functional neuroimaging, physics of different imaging modalities (fMRI, PET, EEG, MEG, fNIR, TMS), experimental design, neuroimaging data analysis, and applications in cognitive neuroscience. This course is appropriate for graduate students in physics, chemistry, biology, neuroscience, psychology, mathematics, statistics, and computer science with an interest in the use of functional neuroimaging.

NEUR 6340 Neurophysics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000 or BIOL 4102, and PHYS 2212K with grade of C or higher
Description

Course provides fundamental findings of physics of neuronal systems. The course covers such topics as introduction to biomechanics, membranes, transport, electroosmotic effects, ion pumping, cellular homeostasis, the Hodgkin-Huxley formalism, energetics of spiking, neural coding, and dynamics of neurons and neuronal networks. It also covers methods of recording of neuronal activity.

NEUR 6350 Numerical Methods for Neuroscience
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000 or MATH 2201 or MATH 2211, with a grade of C or higher
Description

This class develops hands-on practical skills in numerical problem solving for dynamical systems models applied to neuroscience. Students will design and test complex scientific calculations using various software tools, including the application of bifurcation analysis, phase plane analysis, and simulation tools.

NEUR 6360 Mathematical Biology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Grade of C or higher in MATH 2212 or MATH 2202
Description

This course provides an introduction to the use of continuous and discrete differential equations in the biological sciences. Biological topics will include single species and interacting population dynamics, modeling infectious and dynamic diseases, regulation of cell function, molecular interactions and receptor-ligand binding, biological oscillators, and introduction to biological pattern formation. There will also be discussions of current topics of interest such as Tumor Growth and Angiogenesis, HIV and AIDS, and Control of the Mitotic Clock. Mathematical tools such as phase portraits, bifurcation diagrams, perturbation theory, and parameter estimation techniques that are necessary to analyze and interpret biological models will be also covered. 3 credit hours.

NEUR 6370 Applied Dynamical Systems
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000 or either MATH 2201 or MATH 2211, all with a C or higher
Description

Introduction to discrete and continuous dynamical systems. Topics include: phase space; linear and nonlinear systems; structural stability; classification of equilibrium states, invariant manifolds; Poincar maps, fixed points and period orbits; stability boundaries; local bifurcations; homoclinic orbits; routes to chaos in dissipative systems; applications from physics, biology, population dynamics, economics.

NEUR 6400 Primate Behavior: Field and Laboratory
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3840 or PSYC 4110 or consent of the instructor
Description

(Same as PSYC 6116.) Two lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Nonhuman and human primate origins of cognition, language, mythology, rituals, tool use, nonverbal expressions, symbolism, sexuality, and aggression.

NEUR 6420 Hormones and Behavior
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000 or BIOL 3840 with grades of C or higher
Description

Interaction of nervous and endocrine systems in the control of animal behavior, including humans, with emphasis on the mechanisms that adapt behavior to the changing physical and social environments.

NEUR 6500 Philosophy of Science
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as PHIL 6130.) Varieties of scientific explanation; hypothesis formation and confirmation; paradigms, laws, and theories; the status of unobservable entities; holism and reductionism;science and values, nature and scope of scientific progress; limites of scientific explanation.

NEUR 6510 Philosophy and Cognitive Science
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as Phil 6340.) An interdisciplinary examination of the problems, theories, and research strategies central to the study of the human mind and of other cognitive systems. Basic readings will come from a variety of disciplines, including philosophy, neuroscience, and psychology. Topics of investigation may include perception, mental representation, language, modularity, consciousness, emotions, moral psychology, action, mental disorders, folk psychology, and animal minds.

NEUR 6520 Philosophy of Mind
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as PHIL 6330.) Topics such as theories of mind; the connection between mental and physical states; the relation between mind, language, and the world; and artificial intelligence.

NEUR 6530 Neuroethics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000 and one 2000 or 3000-level philosophy course
Description

Neuroethics considers ethical protocols for conducting neuroscientific research and addressing the ethical implications of emerging neuroscience technologies that allow, for instance, cognitive enhancement and direct manipulation of the brain.

NEUR 6540 Moral Psychology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000 and one 2000 or 3000-level philosophy course
Description

This course examines literature and explores various connections between scientific work and philosophical questions in moral psychology. The course also examines the rich historical literature in philosophy and psychology that sets the stage for the modern debates.

NEUR 6550 Ethical Theory
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Consent of the instructor
Description

(Same as PHIL 6700) Major Western theories, such as relativism, egoism, emotivism, utilitarianism, deontology, naturalism, intuitionism, virtue, ethics, existential ethics, and feminist ethics. 3 Credit Hours.

NEUR 6560 Advanced Biomedical Ethics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Consent of the instructor
Description

(Same as PHIL 6740.) Major moral problems in science and medicine, including abortion, death and euthanasia, treatment of the mentally ill, experimentation with human subjects, and genetic research. 3 Credit Hours.

NEUR 6570 Philosophy of Law
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Consent of the instructor
Description

(Same as PHIL 6820.) Topics such as theories of law, feminist legal theory, the nature of legal reasoning, legal obligation, law and justice, law and morality. 3 Credit Hours.

NEUR 6576 Neurovirology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000 or BIOL 3800 with grade of C or higher
Description

Following an introduction to basic neuroanatomy and neuroimmunology, individual lectures will focus on the diagnosis, treatment, and pathogenesis of several neurologic diseases of virus origin. These include encephalitis, meningitis, chronic inflammatory and demyelinating diseases, HIV/AIDS-associated dementia, peripheral neuropathies, retinitis, and transmissible spongiform encephalopathies caused by prions. The concept of virus latency within the nervous system will be emphasized, as will the possible contributions of viruses or prions toward the onset of Alzheimers disease.

NEUR 6600 Survival Skills in Academia
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as BIOL 6801 and PSYC 6801.) Guidance and direction for graduate students on how to accomplish many of the day-to-day tasks encountered by researchers and instructors throughout their careers in academia. Topics covered include how to write and publish scientific papers, grantspersonship, scientific ethics, posters and oral presentations, mentoring, and job interviewing.

NEUR 6610 Neurorobotics
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000 or BIOL 4102 with grade of C or higher
Description

This course will examine how the principles of neuroscience enable animals and humans to respond adaptively, and how the principles can be applied to create an autonomous, adaptively behaving robot. Students will apply these principles to create their own computational model of an animal or autonomous robot that can respond adaptively to challenges in its environment.

NEUR 6990 Internships in Neuroscience
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Consent of the instructor
Description

Students receive hands-on experience in activities that require knowledge and skills related to the field of Neuroscience. Specific topics available each semester will vary. May be taken for credit a maximum of two times.

NEUR 7400 Psychology of Animal Behavior
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as PSYC 7560.) Psychological, genetic, physiological, and ecological bases of animal behavior. Basic adaptive mechanisms and their importance for understanding human behavior.

NEUR 8000 Introduction to Neuroscience
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 4102, BIOL 6102, or NEUR 6010 with a grade of B or higher, or equivalent, or consent of instructor
Description

An advanced and comprehensive survey of neuroscience. Topics include cellular, molecular, developmental, systems, behavioral, and cognitive neuroscience.

NEUR 8010 Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Neuroscience
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NEUR 8000 with a B or higher, or equivalent, or consent of the instructor
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Advanced analysis of central concepts in cellular, molecular, and developmental neuroscience. Topics include: physiology, development and differentiation, signaling and synaptic transmission, synaptic plasticity, construction and modulation or circuits, neurogenesis/repair/regeneration, molecular bases of behavior, and neurodevelopmental and degenerative disease. May be cross-listed with BIOL 8010 and/or PSYC 8616.

NEUR 8020 Systems Neuroscience
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NEUR 8000 with a B or higher, or equivalent, or consent of the instructor
Description

Advanced analysis of how neurons are organized into systems that control behavior. Topics include functional neuroanatomy, sensory and motor systems, and the neural basis of motor learning.

NEUR 8031 Behavioral Neuroscience
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NEUR 8000 with a grade of B or higher, or equivalent, or permission of instructor
Description

Advanced analysis of functional neural systems involved in the regulation of behavior, emphasizing interactions between limbic, hypothalamic, and cortical brain systems. Topics include learning and memory, fear, aggression, homeostasis, and reward & reinforcement. Three lecture hours a week.

NEUR 8035 Psychological Research Statistics I
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 3010, or equivalent
Description

(Same as PSYC 8410.)
Statistical analysis of psychological data with an emphasis on the logic of basic analytic techniques. Includes discussion of data screening, hypothesis testing, bivariate measures of association, and simple between- and within-subjects analysis of variance.

NEUR 8040 Research Design and Analysis in Neuroscience
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

This course will train doctoral students in the design of neuroscience experiments and the statistical methodologies appropriate for analyzing these data. Topics include experimental design, parametric and non-parametric statistical analyses, as well as applied problem sets using neurobiobehavioral data. Concurrent laboratory component will cover data entry and analysis using SPSS. 4.000 Credit hours.

NEUR 8050 Skills for Professional Neurscientists
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites BIOL 8010 and BIOL 8020, or NEUR 8010 and NEUR 8020, or equivalents, or consent of instructor
Description

Four lecture hours a week. Topics include: introduction to the scientific method, critical analysis of Neuroscience Literature, and proposal writing.

NEUR 8100 Developmental Neuropsychology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NEUR 8400, PSYC 8620, or consent of instructor
Description

(Same as PSYC 8630.) Development of the central nervous system and brain; their relationship to behavioral development; and common CNS disorders in children.

NEUR 8200 Protein Structure and Function
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites CHEM 6610 or consent of instructor
Description

(Same as BIOL 8360 and CHEM 8360.) Discussion of the structure and function of proteins and of enzyme mechanisms. Topics include protein folding and motions, descriptions of enzyme catalysis at a molecular level, consideration of the energetics of biological processess, and enzyme kinetics.

NEUR 8210 Nucleic Acid Structure and Function
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites CHEM 6610 with grade of B or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

(Same as BIOL 8637 and CHEM 8370.) Topics include the structure of nucleic acids, mechanism and control of DNA and RNA synthesis, and interaction of proteins and drugs with nucleic acids.

NEUR 8230 Psychopharmacology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 8610, or consent of the instructor
Description

(Same as BIOL 8065 and PSYC 8640.) Biological bases of psychopharmacology, including the locus of action for psychoactive substances and the mechanisms by which these substances modify neural activity and cause a change in mood and behavior. Covers neurophysiology, neurochemistry, and pharmacology of classes of psychoactive drugs used to treat mental disorders, as well as those commonly abused that may or may not have therapeutic uses.

NEUR 8240 Advanced Neuroendocrinology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NEUR 8000 with a grade of B or higher, or equivalent, or consent of the instructor.
Description

This course aims to provide the student with an overview of Neuroendocrinology at the graduate level. Hormone synthesis and mechanisms of action, as well as advanced principles regarding how hormones interact with the nervous system to influence behavior will be emphasized. Class studies in the field plus current research and techniques will be included. Three lecture hours per week.

NEUR 8300 Functional Human Neuroanatomy
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3840 or PSYC 8610, or consent of the instructor
Description

(Same as BIOL 8040 and PSYC 8615) In-depth study of the neuroanatomy and function of the human central nervous system. Considers neuroanatomical techniques used to study the brain, neuroanatomical basis for the control of sensory and motor systems, as well as cortical, autonomic nervous system, and limbic system anatomy and function. Both normal brain anatomy and pathologies are covered.

NEUR 8310 Research Methods in Psychology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as PSYC 8010.) Types of research design including experimental designs, quasi-experimental designs, single-case designs, and case studies; related research issues including aspects of philosophy of science, measurement, reliability, internal and external validity, and artifacts.

NEUR 8320 Psychological Research Statistics II
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NEUR 8035 or PSYC 8410
Description

(Same as PSYC 8420.) Statistical analysis of psychological data with an emphasis on multiple and logistic regression and their interpretation. Statistical considerations when planning research such as power analysis are also discussed.

NEUR 8330 Psychological Research Statistics III
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NEUR 8320 or PSYC 8420
Description

(Same as PSYC 8430.) Advanced topics in the statistical analysis of psychological data including various forms of factor analysis, psychometric methods and theories, structural equation modeling and its use in theory construction, and multivariate analysis of variance.

NEUR 8340 Dynamical Foundations of Neuroscience
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites MATH 4010/6010, MATH 4275/6275, or PHYS 4180/6180 with grade of C or higher
Description

(Same as MATH 8515.) This course deals with computational and mathematical neuroscience with the emphasis on models of neurons and neural networks described in terms of dynamical systems, time continuous and discrete. Topics include biophysics and dynamics of single and coupled neurons, bifurcations and transitions between various types of neuronal activities; modeling of synapses, dendrites and axons; locomotion and small networks; neural coding in single cells and at the population level; dynamics of large networks, including spike computing with population codes; networks learning and behavioral changes.

NEUR 8350 Advanced Bioinformatics
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites NEUR 6320 or equivalent, ability to program in Java or C++ or equivalent, and consent of instructor
Description

(Same as BIOL 8630, CHEM 8630 and CSC 8630.) Advanced topics in bioinformatics, computer and internet tools, and their applications. Computer skills for the analysis and extraction of functional information from biological databases for sequence and structure of nucleic acids and proteins. Students will complete a computer-based bioinformatics project.

NEUR 8360 Informatics of Neural and Cardiovascular Systems
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites MATH 4010/MATH 6010 or MATH 6275 or MATH 4751/MATH 6751 with grades of C or higher
Description

(Same as MATH 8560). This course studies informatics in application to biological systems, the emerging fields of science that appeared at a cross-road of mathematics, biology, and medicine. It is designated for graduate students. Biological topics will include gating properites of ion channels, with particular application to cardiac diseases and cancer. The models of ion channels, neural and cardiac cells will be introduced. Electrical activity of biological cells will be analyzed with modern mathematical methods. The role of stochasticity in information processing by biological systems will be analyzed. Application of the mathematical modes for genetic diseases (epilepsy, arrhythmias) will be discussed.

NEUR 8370 Computational Methods and Modeling for the Life Sciences
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites MATH 6010 or MATH 6275 with a grade of C or higher
Description

(Same as MATH 8570.) Some familiarity with basic biological concepts will be assumed. Advanced computational methods for generating and analyzing deterministic dynamic models in the context of scientific data. Biological case studies may be drawn from many areas involving all scales of inquiry, from molecules to ecosystems.

NEUR 8380 Computational Neuroscience
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites MATH 2211, BIOL 4102, or NEUR 8010 with grades of B or higher, or equivalent, or consent of instructor
Description

Three lecture hours per week. Realistic modeling dynamics of neurons and neuronal networks with emphasis on testing data-driven hypotheses. Topics include modeling intracellular calcium dynamics, voltage dependent channels, synapses, activity of neurons, and synchronization regimes of neuronal networks. 3.000 credit hours.

NEUR 8385 Systems Biology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Grade of C or higher in MATH 6010 or MATH 6275
Description

This course provides an introduction to systems biology from mathematical modeling point of view. It will introduce biology students to mathematical modeling, and mathematical students to systems biology. Biological topics will include gene systems, protein systems, metabolic systems and signaling systems. Mathematical tools will include basic modeling concepts, approximation, static networks, linear vs. nonlinear systems and how to linearize nonlinear systems, and parameter estimation and optimization. Specific case studies will include integrative analysis of genome, protein, and metabolite data, systems biology in medicine and drug development, and synthetic biology.

NEUR 8390 Introduction to Modeling for the Life Sciences
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Instructor consent (a C or above in pre-calculus is beneficial)
Description

This is a discussion-based class based on reading assignments and in-class presentations. It prepares non-mathematically literate students for future collaboration with mathematical and computational modelers, without teaching mathematical technicalities. Students from more mathematical backgrounds will learn how to communicate technical ideas to non-mathematicians through collaborative group work. 

NEUR 8395 Advanced Mathematical Biology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This graduate level course extends mathematical methods and models of biological systems, covered in MATH 4010/6010 (BIO 6930) Mathematical Biology. The main focus will be on multidimensional and spatial models of biological systems. The topics will include the dispersal of biological populations and age structure on population growth; rates of spread of invading organisms and population persistence; branching random walks and chain reactions; stochastic and Markov models of biological systems; cellular automata models with deterministic and stochastic rules, related to the infectious disease transmission and control; the Game of Life, and pattern formation in biological networks of different nature.

NEUR 8400 Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Prerequisite:NEUR 8030, PSYC 8610 or PSYC 8618, or consent of instructor. (Same as PSYC 8620.) Topics include laterality, handedness, cerebral dominance, basic neuroanatomy, aphasia, neglect, amnesic syndromes, agnosia, alexia, split brain research, and recovery of function.

NEUR 8410 Advanced Cognitive Psychology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as PSYC 8540.) Empirical and theoretical bases for understanding the processes of thought, including attention, pattern recognition, learning, memory, language, and reasoning.

NEUR 8420 Principles of Cognitive Neuroscience
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Crosslisted with PSYC 8600. The integrated study of cognitive sciences and neurosciences (i.e. the neural systems underlying cognitive processes). The topics covered include basic neuroanatomy and physiology, neuroimaging methods, and the study of various mental processes linked to brain structure and function in normal human populations, with discussion of the potential relationships between neural circuitry and the formation of internal experience through the integration of sensation, perception, prediction, action, and evaluation.

NEUR 8500 History of Psychology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as PSYC 8500.) Broad historical basis of psychology as a science. An account of the historical development and contemporary status of various theoretical systems of psychology.

NEUR 8600 Responsible Conduct in Research
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

One lecture hour a week. Analysis, discussion, and review of requirements for the fulfillment of the responsible conduct in research (RCR) training, including ethics, publication, attribution of work, conflict of interest, and human and animal welfare. Course also entails taking and passing the Federal Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) on-line training. 1.000 Credit hours.

NEUR 8700 Seminar in Psychology
Credit Hours 1.0 - 3.0
Description

(Same as PSYC 9900.) Topics presented by special request.

NEUR 8705 Topics in Neuropsychology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 8620 with grade of B or higher
Description

(Same as PSYC 8910.) Intensive study of the relevant basic and applied literature relevant to a specific topic in neuropsychology, such as language, memory, reading, or executive function.

NEUR 8710 Concepts in Neurobiology
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Consent of the instructor
Description

(Same as BIOL 8110.) Two lecture hours a week. Lectures and discussions dealing with contemporary topics in neurobiology.

NEUR 8715 Brains and Behavior Seminar
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites Instructor Permission
Description

Current Research Topics in Neuroscience and Behavior.

NEUR 8720 Topics in Behavior and Neurobiology
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

(Same as BIOL 8950.) May be repeated if topics vary.

NEUR 8740 Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites Consent of instructor
Description

(Same as PSYC 8956.) May be repeated if topics vary.

NEUR 8750 Seminar in Philosophy of Science
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as PHIL 8130.) Basic philosophic issues and problems attending any reasonable adequate discussion of that nature, function and limits of natural science and its relationship to the social sciences. Includes such topics as the logic of hypothesis construction, testability, criteria of confirmation, physical laws and their role in scientific explanation, the nature of scientific theories, scientific realism, the completability of science, the social sciences, scientism, and the difference between philosophy and scince. May be repeated if topic varies. A maximum of six credit hours may be applied toward the degree.

NEUR 8760 Seminar in Philosophy of Mind
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as PHIL 8330.) Examination of issues in philosophy of mind. Topics may include: dualism, behaviorism, identify theories, functionalism, eliminative materialism, mental content, mental causation, consciousness, qualia, subjectivity. May be repeated once if topic varies.

NEUR 8761 Seminar in Moral Psychology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Consent of the instructor
Description

(Same as PHIL 8770.) An in-depth examination of select topics in moral psychology, such as moral intuitions, moral disagreement, agency and responsibility, virtues, altruism, etc. May be repeated if topic varies. 3 Credit Hours.

NEUR 8762 Topics in Neuroethics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Consent of the instructor
Description

(Same as PHIL 6790) Study of specific issues in neuroethics, such as cognitive enhancement, neuromarketing, neurolaw, neuroscience and free will, etc. 3 Credit Hours.

NEUR 8763 Seminar in Ethics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Consent of the instructor
Description

(Same as PHIL 8700) Topics such as Greek ethics, Kantian ethics, utilitarianism, feminist ethics, and religious ethics. May be repeated if topic varies. 3 Credit Hours.

NEUR 8764 Seminar in Bioethics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Consent of the instructor
Description

(Same as PHIL 8740) Examination of contemporary issues in bioethics. Topics may include: research ethics-human and non-human subjects; end-of-life decision making; eugenics and The Human Genome Project; reproductive-cloning, freezing embryos, artificial insemination; abortion-maternal/fetal relations, embryonic stem cell research; and health care disparity-race, gender, and income. May be repeated if topic varies. 3 Credit Hours.

NEUR 8770 Seminar in Philosophy and Cognitive Science
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as PHIL 8340.) An in-depth examination of specific issues concerned with the interdisciplinary study of mind, drawing on research from philosophy, neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, linguistics, computer science, and ethology. Topics may include: mental representation and language, sensation and perception, inference and reasoning, innateness and modularity, the emotions, learning and conceptual change, moral cognition and development, consciousness and self-consciousness, mental deficits and disorders, animal and computer models of cognition, folk psychology and reductive strategies in neurobiology; a careful reading of one or more recent influential books in philosophy or cognitive science.

NEUR 8780 Seminar in Neuroscience
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

Current research topics in neuroscience. Repeatable.

NEUR 8790 Topics in Neuroscience
Credit Hours 1.0 - 4.0
Prerequisites Consent of instructor
Description

This course provides in depth training on a subject matter in neuroscience. Includes learning to read and critique scientific literature. May be repeated if topics vary.

NEUR 8800 Master’s Research
Credit Hours 1.0 - 25.0
Description

Master’s research. Repeatable course.

NEUR 8810 Directed Laboratory Study
Credit Hours 2.0
Corequisites NEUR 8800, NEUR 9910, or NEUR 9999, or equivalent
Description

One lecture hour and one discussion hour per week. Students learn to discuss and present experimental design, research procedures, and scientific data through laboratory group meetings and individual discussion with faculty laboratory director.

NEUR 8990 Internships in Neuroscience
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Consent of the instructor
Description

Students receive hands-on experience in activities that require knowledge and skills related to the field of Neuroscience. Specific topics available each semester will vary. May be taken for credit a maximum of two times.

NEUR 9300 Neuropsychological Assessment
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NEUR 8400 or PSYC 8620, or consent of instructor
Description

(Same as PSYC 9140) Standardized batteries and additional neuropsychological tests for both standard and bedside testing. Actual test administration included.

NEUR 9910 Advanced Research
Credit Hours 1.0 - 25.0
Description

Advanced research in neuroscience. Directed research studies. Repeatable.

NEUR 9920 Advanced Directed Readings
Credit Hours 1.0 - 9.0
Description

Advanced directed readings in neuroscience. Directed readings in special areas. Repeatable.

NEUR 9999 Dissertation Research
Credit Hours 1.0 - 25.0
Description

Doctoral dissertation research.