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Neuroscience - Fall 2014

BIOLOGY 114N – From Conception to Birth
(4 semester hours)
McWhorter, Michelle

Open to all students
During this course, we will discuss the major concepts in human embryology and development.  There will also be significant discussion of the ethical and moral issues surrounding the human embryo, such as stem cells and cloning.  While there is no laboratory component to this course, you will be required to participate in a panel discussion and submit a written paper on the ethics discussion panel.


BIOLOGY 215 – Genetics 
(5 semester hours)
Collier, Matthew

Prerequisites:  Biology 170 and 180
This course will examine the scope and significance of modern genetic principles.  Lecture and lab topics will include molecular and Mendelian genetics, protein synthesis, recombinant DNA, genetic engineering, effects of stressors upon genetic systems, human genetics, and population genetics.  Particular attention will be paid to learning how to apply basic genetic principles to biological problems and to developing analytical skills.


BIOLOGY 221 – Pharmacology
(4 semester hours)
Pederson, Cathy

Prerequisites:  Biology 170 and 180
Humans interact with many pharmacological agents on a regular basis.  This course explores the effects of particular medications on a variety of pathological conditions.  The medicines investigated include antidepressants, anesthetics, heart medications, oral contraceptives, fertility drugs, and painkillers.  We also focus on some recreational drugs.  Students will learn a little basic physiology, pathology, and medications that treat those illnesses.


BIOLOGY 316 – Molecular Genetics and Bioinformatics
(5 semester hours)
Goodman, Margaret

Prerequisites:  Biology 170B and 180 and Chemistry 162, or Biology 312
This course will focus on the molecular basis of heredity, beginning with an introduction to DNA structure, replication, and transcription, then move to a consideration of the entire genetic makeup of an organism: the genome.  Students will investigate the components of a gene, the arrangement of genes on the chromosome, and the regulation of gene expression.  They will also learn the computational and laboratory methods used in chromosome mapping and genome sequencing.  Emphasis will be placed on sequence comparison as a means to learn more about gene structure and prediction, protein structure and function, and evolutionary relationships between species.   We will take advantage of the extensive data available through on-line databases of the human genome and other gene sequences. 


BIOLOGY 325 - Human Anatomy and Physiology  
(5 semester hours)
Pederson, Cathy

Prerequisites:  Biology 170 and 180 and one upper-level biology course
Students will learn about the major systems of the human body in both lecture and laboratory.  Topics to be discussed include the musculoskeletal, nervous, endocrine, and reproductive systems.  Disease states will also be discussed.  Laboratories will focus on the anatomy and physiology of each system as they are discussed in the lecture portion of the course.  Laboratories will include dissection.  Assessment will include 3 written examinations, lab practical examinations, and a final examination. Offered every year.  


COMM 327 - Health Communication  
(4 semester hours)
Broz, Stephanie

Prerequisites: COMM 200 or permission of instructor
This advanced seminar is designed to introduce students to a wide range of scholarship about health communication.  The course will investigate the nature of the communication processes that influence and/or are influenced by health and health care contexts. A growing body of research indicates that the equality of health care and of personal health is significantly dependent on the quality of communication that takes place between health care provider and patient, as well as among providers, management and staff. There is also a central role for communication when informing the public about health issues.


EDUC 111 - Human Development:  Birth through Middle Childhood        
(2 semester hours)         
Yontz, B.

No prerequisites, but concurrent registration in Educ 120.  Every year.
The course focuses upon the physical, social, emotional, intellectual and moral development of children from birth through middle childhood.  Emphasis is placed upon the interactions of nature and social/cultural contexts that explain the wide range of diversity of students  of this age level.  Family constellations will be of particular focus.  The course provides an examination of human development prior to age three to acquaint the student with knowledge about children prior to their entry into formal education and provides an examination of human development through middle childhood years so students acquire an appreciation for the full range of human development related to early and middle childhood.  The course is designed for students seeking licensure in either Early or Middle Childhood.  Field experience of approximately 5 hours is required. 


EDUC 113 - Human Development and Learning Theory:  Adolescence through Young Adult         
(1 semester hour)           
Brannan, S.

No prerequisites, but completion of Educ 111 is recommended.  For students who have not completed Educ 111, concurrent registration is required.  Every year.
The course is an extension of the content developed in Educ 111 and is designed for students seeking multi-age licensure in art, drama/theater, foreign language, music, and special education.  The course focuses upon the physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and moral development of the adolescent through young adult school-age population.  Emphasis is place upon interactions of nature and social/cultural contexts that explain the wide range of diversity of students.   Field experience of approximately 5 hours is required.


PSYC 251 - Abnormal Psychology
(4 semester hours)
Little, Stephanie

Prerequisite: Psychology 150
This course covers the causes, diagnosis and, to a lesser degree, treatment of psychological disorders in adults. Various theories, models and diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are investigated in the context of research and case studies. This advanced course primarily serves students interested in clinical psychology, social work, counseling, and related health specialties. Service-learning is an available option, both as part of a course assignment or as Service-learning 100. The final grade is based primarily on quizzes, conducting and writing up mock diagnostic interviews, research summary papers, and class participation.
Writing Intensive


PSYC 311B - Behavioral Neuroscience
(5 semester hours)
Woehrle, Nancy

Prerequisites:  Psychology 107 or another statistics course and Psychology 110.
This course provides in-depth analysis of the structure and function of systems of neurons, and the relationships between these neural systems and human behavior. The first half of the course covers cellular-level and systems-level neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. The second half of the course applies concepts learned in the first half through exploration of the neurobiological underpinnings of various psychological capacities and psychopathologies.


Religion 378 R – Bioethics             
(4 semester hours)
Nelson, Paul

This seminar introduces students to basic concepts, issues and arguments in bioethics.  The readings are taken from the disciplines of biology, ecology, medicine, philosophy, religious ethics, law and policy studies.  Goals for the seminar include (1) becoming familiar with a significant body of professional literature; (2) learning to identify moral issues, analyze moral arguments, and to make and defend moral judgments;  (3) reflecting on what it means to be a physician or patient; and (4) exploring the relations between ethics, law and public policy.  Topics include abortion, reproductive technologies, stem cell research, cloning, euthanasia, autonomy, paternalism, use of human subjects in research, access to health care, allocation of scarce resources, and environmental ethics.  Writing intensive.


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