• Semester Offered: Spring


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.

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Course Syllabus 

Sp 22 Course Syllabus

Course Format: 

Synchronous (in-person) lectures during period 4 (T/Th 2:00-3:20 pm) in classroom SEC 209 on Busch campus. Three in-person exams. Weekly online quizzes. Online (virtual) weekly Professors office hours and TA recitation hours. 

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

There will be three in-person (in class) 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), ISBN-13: 978-1605353807

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 2023 . 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.


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