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Neurobiology
NEUROBIOLOGY
CLASS CODE: BIO 240 CREDITS:  4
DIVISION: AGRICULTURAL AND LIFE SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT: BIOLOGY
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: This is an introductory course in Neuroscience. It covers the elements of Neurobiology by providing an introduction to the nervous system; examines cellular communication, sensory, motor and integrating systems, such as, the neural basis of behavior; and explores the plasticity of neural systems in learning, during development and via hormonal influences.
TAUGHT: Winter, Fall
CONTENT AND TOPICS: Introduction and History of Neuroscience, Neurons and Glia, The Neuronal Membrane at Rest, The Action Potential, Synaptic Transmission, Neurotransmitter Systems, The Structure of the Nervous System, The Chemical Senses, Vision: The Eye, Central Visual Pathway, The Auditory and Vestibular System, The Somatic Sensory System, Spinal Control of Movement, Brain Control of Movement, Chemical control of the brain and behavior, Motivation, Sex and the brain, Brain Mechanisms of Emotion, Rhythms of the Brain, Language and Attention, Mental Illness, Wiring the Brain, Memory Systems, Molecular Mechanisms of Learning and Memory.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. To provide an introduction to Neurobiology by examining the elements of the nervous system.

2. To examine nervous system cellular and molecular building blocks in a structure/function relationship.

3. To review the methodologies employed in the study of the nervous system.

4. To investigate in an integrative fashion, the mechanisms of the neural basis of behavior and examine the plasticity of the central nervous system.

5. To expose and train students in the neuroscience topics of neuroanatomy, neural development and sensory systems.
REQUIREMENTS: Student mastery of the subject matter will be evaluated on the basis of: seven examinations given during the course and four summary reports on articles related to neuroscience.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: January 2003