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Neuroscience - Spring 2017

Molecular Neurobiology
5 credits
McWhorter, Michelle
Prerequisites:  Biology 170 and 180

Neurobiology is a vast area of study which includes the study of the proteins and molecules within neurons to how the brain functions to elicit a particular behavior. This course will cover basic molecular and cellular biology in the context of the nervous system, specifically the neuron. During the semester, the course will discuss neurotransmitters, synapses, receptors, neural development, and the molecular basis of neurodegenerative diseases. The laboratory component of the course will consist of a semester long project to identify genes expressed in the nervous system.

4 credits
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.

Animal Physiology
5 credits
Stathopoulos, Andrea
Prerequisites:  Biology 170, 180, and Chemistry 162

Animal physiology is the study of animal function. In this course we will explore the mechanisms through which animals maintain homeostasis, and how the activities of cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems are regulated. In this course we will study the evolution, adaptive significance, and ecological relevance of several physiological traits. We will use a comprehensive approach to understand how animals function within an ecological context, by examining adaptations ranging from the molecular to the organismal level of organization.

Human Anatomy and Physiology
5 credits
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.

MATH 327
Statistical Modeling
4 credits
Andrews, Douglas
Prerequisite:  MATH 127 or MATH 227 or PSYC 107 or BUSN 110 or PSYC 201 or BUSN 210

In this second course in statistics, concepts and methods from introductory statistics – especially regression and analysis of variance – are reviewed and then extended. The focus will be on principles and techniques for modeling real-world phenomena, using any combination of predictor variables. Students will learn strategies for selecting and constructing models, criteria for assessing and comparing models, and tools for making formal inferences using these models. Class sessions include discussion of conceptual issues with practice in data analysis, and they put strong emphasis on interpreting and communicating the results of analyses. Students carry out projects in which they design studies, collect and analyze data, and present their findings. Writing Intensive. Mathematical-reasoning intensive.

Learning, Memory & Cognition
5 Credit Hours
Anes, Michael
Prerequisite: Psychology 120 and Psychology 207

This is a course in which we study major operations of the human mind; perceiving, remembering, acting, and thinking.  Specific areas of coverage include attention, visual search and object recognition, visual memory, general memory mechanisms (working and long-term), language, imagery, reasoning, and judgment. We will discuss learning and memory in other species as well, and attempt to draw parallels that inform our understanding of human cognition. Specific proposals about how the mind accomplishes particular tasks (models) have been advanced in the short, 50-year history of modern cognitive psychology. We will see how these models have been tested, in part by participating in replications of classic cognitive psychology experiments. Data, including the data we generate ourselves, will be discussed in detail. We will write APA-style papers describing the nature of these tasks, the methods used, and the results obtained in the tasks. Finally, we will plan and execute group experiments. Writing Intensive.

Sensation and Perception
4 Credit Hours
Woehrle, Nancy
Prerequisite: PSYC 110N

Study of the sensory systems and human perception from physiological, sensory, psychophysical, information-processing and cultural perspectives.


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