Neuroscience continues to be one of the fastest growing areas of biology and is at the cutting-edge of technical and conceptual advances in the life sciences. If you want to know how animals touch, hear, see, smell, and remember things, then you need to study ions, molecules, cells, neural networks, brain structure and behavior. We will first learn about the function of the brain's cellular computers: neurons. We will learn how neurons differ from other cells, how they generate electrical signals, and how they communicate with one another via synapses. We will then investigate how neurons cooperate in circuits by studying five sensory systems: vision, touch, hearing, taste and smell. Topics include the physical and chemical bases for action potentials, synaptic transmission, and sensory transduction; anatomy; development; sensory and motor pathways; memory and learning at the molecular, cellular, and systems level; and the neuroscience of some brain diseases.
Learning will take place via Khan academy-style online lectures, Zoom workshop sessions and seminar. Students will be expected to attend all synchronous sessions; however, if students find themselves unable to participate synchronously because of technology limitations, problems with internet access, caregiving obligations, economic disruption, health risk, quarantine, or illness, they will be provided access to alternate, remote, and asynchronous options to earn comparable but in some cases not identical credits.
Students should have a year of college-level general biology. Please contact the faculty if you do not have this prerequisite. Alternative credit options can be worked out.
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Biology, psychology and/or medical/health related fields.
This class is offered for upper division science credit.
|2020-07-22||This course has changed to fully remote and will hold no in-person meetings|
|2020-07-22||Mike Paros has been added as faculty (was previously Nancy Murray)|
|2020-05-21||THis course has been moved to second session|