Course Descriptions

01:146:245 FUNDAMENTALS OF NEUROBIOLOGY

 

This course is intended for Life Science majors or those with a strong background in the Biological Sciences.

This course may be used to fulfill the elective requirements of the Biological Sciences major.

This course is required for the Cell Biology & Neuroscience (CBN) major.

Offered

Fall, Spring, and Summer

Credits

3

Prerequisites

General Biology 119:115-116 or 119:101-102

Knowledge of the basic principles of chemistry and physics is important to success in this course.

Course Description

This course is an intensive and demanding survey of neurobiology. It is the prerequisite for upper-level undergraduate courses in neurobiology and is required for students majoring in Cell Biology & Neuroscience.

Topics include:

* Neurophysiology, Neurotransmission and Neuroanatomy

* Sensation: Vision, audition and somatic sensation

* Motor Systems: Spinal cord, cortex, basal ganglia and cerebellum

* Brain/neural circuit development and refinement: early development and plasticity

* Neural basis of higher function: cognition, attention, and emotion

Course Satisfies Departmental Learning Goal(s)

1. Master factual and conceptual knowledge in neuroscience that will provide a solid foundation for success in advanced training and professional careers.

2. Develop an ability to summarize, integrate and organize information.

3. Use scientific reasoning to evaluate the potential for current research and new discoveries to improve our understanding of the nervous system and its relevance to human health and to our society.

Course URL

Canvas 

Course Syllabus 

Sp 21 Course Syllabus

Course Format: 

Asynchronous virtual format with lectures posted on line. Weekly Professors office hours and TA recitation hours. 

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

There will be three exams covering:

1) neurophysiology and synaptic transmission 2) sensory and motor systems and 3) brain/circuit development and neural basis of behavior

Exams 1 & 2 are given during regularly scheduled class periods. Exam 3 is given during final exam period.

Course Materials

Neuroscience, Dale Purves, 6th edition, (Sinauer)

Course Closed?

If this course is closed, please use the following link to add your name to the wait list: Wait List Sign Up for Spring 2022 . If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Life Sciences - Office of Undergraduate Instruction at 848-445-2075 or visit our office at Nelson Biological Laboratories B112, Busch Campus.

Faculty

Dr. David Margolis, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; website: margolislab.com; twitter: @MargolisLab

Dr. Victoria Abraira, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; website: abrairalab.org; twitter: @VAbraira

Dr. Rafiq Huda, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; website: hudalab.org; twitter: @brainsOnMyMind

** Information subject to change at the discretion of course coordinator.