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  • NSCI-B 101 Exploring the Brain: Introduction to Neuroscience for Non-Majors (3 cr.) This course will help students understand normal brain function and the diseased, drug affected, damaged or cognitively compromised brain. Emphasis is placed on maintaining healthy brain function and maximizing performance. NSCI-B101 is a non-majors introductory course for first-year and sophomore students. Students planning to major/minor in neuroscience must take NSCI-B201.
  • NSCI-B 201 Foundations of Neuroscience (3 cr.) P: PSY-B110 or BIOL-K101. An introduction to Neuroscience that explores how our brains develop, how they work and how they are changed by life experiences. Topics include neural communication, localization of brain function, neural systems and control behavior.
  • NSCI-B 201 Foundations of Neuroscience (3 cr.) P: PSY-B110 or BIOL-K101. An introduction to Neuroscience that explores how our brains develop, how they work and how they are changed by life experiences. Topics include neural communication, localization of brain function, neural systems and control behavior.
  • NSCI-B 394 Drugs and Behavior (3 cr.) P: PSY-B110 or equivalent ntroduction to the use and abuse of alcohol and other psychoactive drugs. Topics include theories of alcohol and other drug use, neurobiology and the factors that influence use, abuse, and addiction. Addiction assessment, recovery, treatment, relapse and prevention are also covered.
  • NSCI-N 397 Understanding Drug Culture Study Abroad (0-3 cr.) C: PSY-B394 Introduction to issues surrounding substance use and mental health in a host country. Emphasis on low-and middle-income countries. Investigate barriers to solving problems of alcohol/drug abuse, mental health treatment and economic and social causal factors. Research addiction issues, examine roles of local and national governments, international agencies, and third-party interventionists.
  • NSCI-B 398 Brain Mechanisms of Behavior (3 cr.) P: PSY-B301 or PSY-B320 or equivalent An advanced topical survey of the neurobiological basis of behavior, focusing on the neural substrates and the cellular and neurochemical processes underlying emotions, motivation and goal-directed behavior, hedonic experience, learning, and cognitive function. Integrates experimental research across different levels of analysis (genetic, molecular, cellular, neural systems).
  • NSCI-K 416 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience (3 cr.) P: BIOL-K324 Course provides an in-depth analysis of topics within the field of cellular and molecular neuroscience. It will cover invertebrate and vertebrate neurobiology, cell and molecular biology of the neuron, neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, developmental neurobiology, regeneration and degeneration, learning and memory, and will include comparisons of neural mechanisms throughout the animal kingdom.
  • NSCI-K 451 Neuropharmacology (3 cr.) P: BIOL-K324 recommended or completion of upper-level biochemistry course. Focuses on molecular underpinnings of neuropharmacology. Basic principles of neuropharmacology. How drugs bind to their targets. Evaluate how neurons communicate with each other and how those signals are transduced on a molecular level. Evaluate drugs actions in the brain and major neurotransmitters. Neuronal dysfunction in various disorders and pharmacological treatments.
  • NSCI-K 488 Endocrinology in Health and Disease (3 cr.) P: BIOL-K103 and BIOL-K324 and BIOL-K322 or equivalent. An introduction to human endocrinology, including the biology of the major endocrine organs and the roles of the hormones that they release.  Both normal endocrine function and common diseases involving hormone physiology are examined.  In addition, the course examines how endocrinology impacts everyday life.
  • NSCI-N 491 Capstone Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience (3 cr.) P: NSCI-B201 or NSCI-B301 Senior neuroscience majors. Enhance critical thinking skills in experimental approaches to behavioral neuroscience, understand translational neuroscience through model systems, advance understanding of quantitative and analytic approaches studying the links between brain and behavior, ability to evaluate and communicate knowledge about neuroscience, develop skills in collaborative learning, generate career development tools.
  • NSCI-N 492 Capstone in Computational Neuroscience (3 cr.) P: (NSCI-B301 or PSY-B301) and PSY-B305 and (MATH 16600 or MATH-S166 or MATH 22200 or MATH 23200) and (CSCI-N200 or CSCI-N201 or CSCI-N207 or CSCI 23000) How does the brain perform the computations necessary to facilitate the vast array of experiences and cognitive functions that we are capable of?  Discussion of approaches used to measure neural activity and an introduction to neural computation.  Topics will have broad application across numerous scientific fields from medicine to computing.
  • NSCI-I 535 Clinical Neuroscience (3 cr.) P: Consent of instructor. Course will examine how psychology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and medicine come together to manage mental illness. Systematic examination of mental illness and the nature of how biological alterations lead to aberrant behaviors that define psychopathology. The course will heavily discuss the ethics involved in the field of Clinical Neuroscience.
  • NSCI-I 545 Psychopharmacology (3 cr.) P: PSY 61500 or consent of instructor. A survey of the effects of drugs on behavior, cognitive functioning and emotions. Emphasis on the practical advantages of understanding how psychotropic drugs work, and on how the brain functions in health and disease. Students will be exposed to the most current theories and research in the field.
  • NSCI-I 560 Behavioral Genetics (3 cr.) Surveys techniques to assess quantitative genetic influences on behavior of animals and humans; presents an overview of knowledge from studies.  Emphasis on phenotypes relevant to the addictions and traits like intelligence and personality.  Students critically evaluate and synthesize literature to become educated consumers and potentially researchers in this emerging area.
  • NSCI 54410 Sensory Systems (3 cr.) P: BIOL-K324 Students will gain an undertanding of the mechanims that underlie sensory perception at the moleular, cellular, and systems level. Examination of how forms of energy are transduced into the electrochemical messages of the nervous system, pathways the information travels within the nervous system and how this information is processed/perceived.
  • NSCI 55900 Endocrinology (3 cr.) P: BIOL 55600 or equivalent and CHEM-C342. The study of hormone function. Consideration will be given to the role of hormones in growth, development, metabolism, homeostasis, and reproduction.
  • NSCI 56010 Clinical and Molecular Aspects of Neurodegenerative Diseases (3 cr.) P: BIOL-K416 or BIOL-K451 or equivalent or consent of instructor. The molecular and clinical aspects of neurodegenerative diseases. Introduction of critical brain structures, with a focus on neurons and glia and evaluation of molecular mechanisms that underlie protein aggregation and cell death. The remainder of the course will focus on the multiple aspects of specific neurodegenerative diseases.
  • NSCI 56100 Immunology (3 cr.) P: BIOL-K103 and CHEM-C341. Introduction to the basic principles and experimentation in cellular and humoral immunology.
  • NSCI 57100 Developmental Neurobiology (3 cr.) P: Consent of instructor. The major phases of nervous system development beginning with neurolation and neurogenesis and ending with the onset of physiological actiity will be studied in a variety of animals, mainly avians and mammals (including man). Neural developmental disorders and behavioral ontogeny will also be considered.