NEUR 2500 Introduction to Neurobiology and Behavior
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites BIOL 1104K, BIOL 1108K, or BIOL 2108K, and CHEM 1212K, all with grades of C or higher
Description

Two lecture hours per week. An introduction to the neural basis of behavior in animals, emphasizing animal models and clinical approaches to demystify how the nervous system works. An Area F elective for Neuroscience Majors.

NEUR 3000 Principles of Neuroscience
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 2108K and CHEM 1212K with a C or better
Description

4 lecture hours per week. Comprehensive basis for understanding brain research, major discoveries in neuroscience, and the methods employed for those achievements. Topics include the neural basis of learning and memory, sensory perception, motor control, neurological diseases, drug action, and behavior. Required for Neuroscience majors.

NEUR 3010 Neuroscience Laboratory
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

Pre- or corequisites: NEUR 3000 and MATH 2211, MATH 2212, MATH 2201, or MATH 2202, or any comparable higher-level math, with grades of C or higher. Two lecture and six laboratory hours a week. Laboratory techniques in neuroscience, including intra- and extracellular electrophysiology, computational methods, molecular and cellular neuroscience, neuroanatomy, immunocytochemistry, and neuroethology. Required for Neuroscience majors. 4.000 credit hours.

NEUR 3020 The Scientific Method in Neuroscience-CTW
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000 with a grade of C or higher
Description

Provides experience in research design, data analysis and written scientific communication needed for advanced neuroscience courses. Assignments emphasize the studentÂ’s ability to express critical thinking through writing. Required for Neuroscience majors. Serves as one of two Critical Thinking through Writing (CTW) courses required of all Neuroscience majors. 4.000 credit hours.

NEUR 3690 Honors Readings
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites Consent of the instructor and Honors Program director
Description

Discussion and readings on selected topics.

NEUR 4010 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000 with a grade of C or higher
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 Neuroscience majors. 4.000 credit hours.

NEUR 4020 NEUR 4020 Cognitive Neuroscience
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000
Description

Covers the neural basis of cognition, learning, emotion, memory and language and the methods used to investigate these areas of research. 4.000 Credit Hours.

NEUR 4030 Computational Neuroscience
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000, MATH 2201, MATH 2202, PHYS 2211K, and PHYS 2212K with grades of C or better
Description

A project-based course giving maximal exposure to model building and hypothesis testing. Each student will keep an electronic laboratory journal of simulation results, describing the scientific question, the model used, the specific simulations, including all parameter values, the results, analysis and interpretation. Each student will make 4 presentations of their work, one in each area covered during the course. An elective for Neuroscience majors.

NEUR 4040 Neuroethology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000 or BIOL 4102, or equivalent, with a grade of C or higher
Description

Four lecture hours per week. The neural basis of behavior from an ethological perspective. The course will cover discoveries, techniques, and concepts underlying neuroethological research. Developmental, evolutionary and comparative approaches are emphasized. An elective for Neuroscience majors. 4.000 credit hours.

NEUR 4050 NEUR 4050: Statistics for Neuroscience
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000 or equivalent (BIOL 4010) with a grade of C or higher
Description

This course provides an advance review of descriptive and inferential statistics as applied to neuroscience research questions. Topics include hypothesis-testing statistics, complex (multi-factor) designs, correlation, regression, multivariate methods and some non-parametric treatments. An elective for Neuroscience majors. 3.000 Credit Hours.

NEUR 4100 Developmental Neurobiology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3800 or equivalent with a grade of C or higher
Description

Four lecture hours per week. 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. An elective for Neuroscience majors. 4.000 credit hours.

NEUR 4110 Physiological Psychology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 3510 and PSYC 3530 and PSYC 1101 or PSYC 1100 with grades of C or higher, or equivalents
Description

Explores the relations between biological and mental processes. Nervous system functions in the control of behavior are emphasized. The anatomy, physiology, and chemistry of the nervous system are reviewed, and the scientific analysis of the relations of these biological processes to psychological phenomena is presented. Evidence from research involving both the physiological manipulation of animal models and the accidental and pathological alterations of humans included. An elective for Neuroscience Majors. 3.000 credit hours.

NEUR 4115 Medical Neuroanatomy
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3840 with a grade of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

Four lecture hours per week. Human brain and spinal cord functional neuroanatomy and associated pathologies. Elective for Neuroscience majors. 4.000 credit hours.

NEUR 4150 Drugs and the Nervous System
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 1100 and PSYC 2050 with grades of C or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

This course provides an 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. An elective for Neuroscience majors. 3.000 credit hours.

NEUR 4200 Neuroscience of Memory
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000 or BIOL 4102
Description

3 lecture hours per week. 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 system, and behavioral. An elective for Neuroscience Majors. 3.000 Credit Hours.

NEUR 4340 Neurophysics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000, and PHYS 2212K with grade of B or higher, or equivalent, or consent of instructor
Description

Three lecture hours per week. 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. 3.000 Credit Hours.

NEUR 4350 Neur 4350, Numerical Methods for Neuroscience, 3 credit hours
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites MATH 4010 (Mathematical Biology) or MATH 4610 (Numerical Analysis) or MATH 4275 (Applied Dynamical Systems)
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. Students will undertake three projects to demonstrate such calculations.

NEUR 4360 NEUR 3
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Grade of C or higher in MATH 2212 or MATH 2202
Description

000 Credit Hours. 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 an 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 also be covered.

NEUR 4370 NEUR 4370: Applied Dynamical Systems
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites MATH 3260 and MATH 3435
Description

An 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. 3.000 Credit Hours.

NEUR 4420 Hormones and Behavior
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3840 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

Four lecture hours per week. 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. An elective for Neuroscience majors. 4.000 credit hours.

NEUR 4576 Neurovirology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites 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 Alzheimer’s disease. 4.000 Credit hours.

NEUR 4700 Neural Plasticity
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites NEUR 4010 or BIOL 4102, or equivalent, with a grade of C or higher
Description

Four lecture hours per week. 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. An elective for Neuroscience majors. 4.000 credit hours.

NEUR 4770 Neur 4770 Moral Psychology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000 or BIOL 4102 and one 2000 or 3000-level philosophy course, or consent of instructor
Description

3 lecture hours per week.
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. 3.000 Credit Hours.

NEUR 4780 Neur 4780
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites One 2000 or 3000-level philosophy course, or consent of instructor
Description

Neuroethics. 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. 3 credit hours.

NEUR 4870 Honors Thesis: Research
Credit Hours 3.0 TO 6.0
Prerequisites Consent of instructor and Honors Program director
Description

Readings or research preparatory to honors thesis or project.

NEUR 4880 Honors Thesis: Writing
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NEUR 4870 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent and consent of instructor and Honors Program director
Description

Writing or production of honors thesis or project.

NEUR 4910 Topics in Neuroscience-CTW
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000, NEUR 3010, and NEUR 3020 with grades of C or better
Description

An in-depth treatment of a specific topic in neuroscience, using this topic to develop skills in research design, data analysis, and written communication of results, emphasizing students’ ability to express critical thinking through writing. Required for Neuroscience majors. Serves as one of two Critical Thinking through Writing (CTW) courses required of all Neuroscience majors.

NEUR 4960 Careers in Neuroscience
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites A grade of C or better in NEUR 3020 or consent of instructor
Description

Two lecture hours per week.
The Careers in Neuroscience is designed to be an engaging and interesting way to learn to help Neuroscience majors learn about different careers and opportunities in science.

NEUR 4980 Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 5.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000, NEUR 3020, and three additional hours of neuroscience courses with grades of C or higher, and the consent of the instructor
Description

Independent laboratory investigation of common interest to student and instructor. May be repeated once. For Neuroscience majors and minors. Up to 3 hours can satisfy neuroscience-related elective requirements.