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 the mechanisms that animals use to 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.
There are three enrollment options for this course:
• 6-credit option that includes in-person laboratories. This option is dependent on institutional approval and will be limited to 12 students on a first come, first served basis. The 12 students will be divided into smaller groups to allow for proper social distancing requirements (to be determined per federal and state guidelines).
• 6-credit option that does not include laboratories. This option is completely online. Students enrolling for this option will be required to complete a research project utilizing primary literature. Details will be disclosed at the start of the course.
• 5-credit option without lab or research project. This will be completely online.
For all 3 options, lectures will be recorded in advance and you will be required to watch and take notes. There will be 2 mandatory Zoom sessions each week (T/Th from 11 - 12). In addition, students will be expected to complete assigned readings from the textbook and primary literature papers and submit homework/problem sets and take weekly quizzes.
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Biology, pyschology or medical/health related fields.
Students successfully completing the all aspects of the course will earn upper-division science credit. There is also a lower-division credit option for students who do not meet pre-requisites or who do not need upper-division science credits. Contact the instructor before the class begins for specifics.