Neurobiology and Consciousness: The Science and Study of the Mind

Fall 2017
Credits per quarter

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In this program, we will study neurobiology and consciousness. Though we will study the brain chiefly from a scientific perspective, it is also true that philosophers, psychologists, computer scientists and anthropologists have raised questions about the human mind. What is involved in studying the brain/mind? What questions can be answered scientifically? What questions can’t? Is the mind nothing but the brain? If so, how do we account for human consciousness? What is consciousness?

We will address these questions by exploring approaches from past and contemporary neurobiology and will as well as issues in philosophy of science and mind. We will emphasize theories about the nature of perception, attention, learning and memory, as current developments in the study of consciousness. The program will cover basic neurophysiology and systems neurobiology and move to more complex topics including learning and memory, motivation, brain rhythms and sleep, and mental illness, to name a few.

Our learning goals will include development of analytical and critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, reading, and writing skills. Weekly activities will include lectures, presentations, labs, workshops, and seminars. Students will be required to submit weekly homework assignments, lab and workshop reports, and seminar papers and to contribute actively to the learning community. 

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in: biology and consciousness studies.

Online learning:
  • Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Scheduled for: Day

Located in: Olympia

2017-09-21New fall offering added.