NEUR 2000 Introduction to Neuroscience
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course explores how nervous systems work using fundamental concepts gained from experiments in humans and non-human animal models. Topics include how nervous system cells work, how animals’ brains are structured, how sensory stimuli are sensed and perceived, how the nervous system generates animal and human behavior, cognition, and emotion, and the impact of drugs and diseases on nervous systems. Topics are explored with lectures, in-class activities, critiques of popular media related to neuroscience, and faculty research presentations on diverse topics.

NEUR 2010 Careers in Neuroscience
Credit Hours 2.0
Description

Exploration of education, research, and career opportunities in neuroscience. The course includes development of CVs, resumes, and goal statements, as well as opportunities to build professional development skills and network with guest speakers representing various career paths in neuroscience.

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

Students may enroll concurrently in BIOL 2108K. 4 lecture hours per week. Introduction to essential principles of neuroscience, including structure and function of the nervous system, molecular and physiological mechanisms of neuronal communication, sensory perception, and motor control.

NEUR 3001 Principles of Neuroscience II
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000 with a C or higher
Description

4 lecture hours per week. Continued exploration of the essential principles of neuroscience. Topics include neurodevelopment, and the neural basis of sleep, motivation, emotion, cognition, memory, and mental illness.

NEUR 3010 Neuroscience Laboratory
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000 with a grade of C or higher. May take concurrently.
Description

Six laboratory hours a week. Research techniques in neuroscience, including behavioral analysis, extracellular electrophysiology, molecular and cellular neuroscience, fluorescence microscopy, neuroanatomy, immunocytochemistry, and neuroethology. Required for Neuroscience majors. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

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

Engages students in research design, data analysis and scientific communication for advanced courses and professional development in science. Assignments emphasize logical argumentation and writing. Serves as the Critical Thinking through Writing (CTW) course required of all Neuroscience majors.

NEUR 3690 Honors Readings
Credit Hours 1.0 - 3.0
Prerequisites Good standing with the Honors College and permission of instructor
Description

Discussion and readings on selected topics.

NEUR 4010 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 4020 Cognitive Neuroscience
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000 or BIOL 4102 with a grade 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 4030 Computational Neuroscience
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000 or BIOL 4102, and MATH 2201 with a 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 4040 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 4050 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 4060 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 4070 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 4080 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 Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s 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 4100 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 4115 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 4150 Drugs and the Nervous System
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NEUR 2000 or NEUR 3000; or PSYC 1100 and PSYC 2050, all with a 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 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.

NEUR 4250 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, and social behavior, as well as disorders of emotion and motivation.

NEUR 4330 Functional Neuroimaging
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

Three lectures hours a week. 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 4340 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 4350 Numerical Methods for Neuroscience
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000, MATH 2201, or MATH 2211 with a 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 4360 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 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. 3. 000 Credit Hours.

NEUR 4370 Applied Dynamical Systems
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000 or MATH 2201 or MATH 2211, with a grade of 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 4420 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 4576 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 4610 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 4700 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 4770 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 4780 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 4870 Honors Thesis: Research
Credit Hours 3.0 - 6.0
Prerequisites Good standing with the Honors College and consent of instructor
Description

Readings or research preparatory to honors thesis or project. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

NEUR 4880 Honors Thesis: Writing
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NEUR 4870 with grade of C or higher, good standing with the Honors College and consent of instructor
Description

Writing or production of honors thesis or project. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

NEUR 4910 Topics in Neuroscience
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000 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.

NEUR 4920 Internship in Neuroscience
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Permission of instructor
Description

Students receive hands-on experience in activities that promote 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. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

NEUR 4930 Internship in Science Education
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Permission of instructor
Description

Students engage in the field of science education by studying pedagogy, designing curricula, teaching for informal science education programs, and/or helping to evaluate learner-centered outcomes. Specific topics and programs of focus will vary. May be taken for credit a maximum of two times. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

NEUR 4950 Supplemental Laboratory in Neuroscience
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites Permission of instructor
Description

This course provides hands-on experience with current methodologies for basic and applied neuroscience research. Specific topics available each semester will vary, as the labs generally will accompany 4000-level lecture courses. May be taken for credit a maximum of four times. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

NEUR 4980 Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience
Credit Hours 1.0 - 5.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

Independent laboratory investigation of common interest to student and instructor. May be repeated once. For Neuroscience majors and minors. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

NEUR 4999 Directed Readings in Neuroscience
Credit Hours 1.0 - 6.0
Prerequisites Permission of instructor
Description

This course provides the opportunity for students to focus attention on a specific area of interest in neuroscience. It may not be used to substitute for a course that is offered on a regular basis. This course may include a Signature Experience component. For Neuroscience majors only.