Course Descriptions



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.



Fall, Spring, and Summer




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

* Nervous System Control of Behavior: Motivated behavior, sleep and reproduction

* Neural Circuitry: Circuit formation and function

* Higher Cortical Function: Learning and memory

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

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

There will be three exams:

1) neurotransmission 2) sensory and motor systems and 3) final exam covering specific aspects of higher cognitive processes and a comprehensive section with questions covering the entire semester.

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

Course Materials

Required Text: Neuroscience, Dale Purves, 4th edition, Published by 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 2020 Courses   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. Anthony Uzwiak
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** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.