This course provides an introduction to concepts and principles important to the understanding of the human body. The structure and function of the human integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems are studied. Laboratory sessions include organ dissections, microscopic study of tissues and measurements of physiological processes.
This second course in the anatomy and physiology sequence emphasizes the structure and function of the human endocrine, digestive, respiratory, circulatory, immune, urinary and reproductive systems. Laboratory sessions include organ and whole animal dissections, microscopic study of tissues and measurements of physiological processes. (Prerequisite: BIO 103 or permission of instructor)
This course focuses on the functions of vertebrate organ systems, with special emphasis on the human body. Topics include the circulatory, digestive, nervous, muscular, endocrine and urinary systems. Laboratory work emphasizes experimental techniques to analyze functional activities of humans and animals. (Prerequisites: BIO 112, CHEM 113-114)
This course will provide a thorough introduction to the areas of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and neuropathology. The interrelationships of nervous system development and structure as related to function as well as an introduction to theories and research regarding neurodegenerative disorders will be addressed. Laboratory will include gross anatomy and microscopic study of the central nervous system, neurophysiology exercises, computerized and radiographic study of the brain and investigation of animal models of neurodegenerative processes. (Prerequisites: BIO 112 or permission of instructor)
This course will provide students with the background to understand the various experimental methods used in the field of neuroscience. Laboratory experiences and journal club discussions of primary scientific literature will be used to develop skills in preparation for future neuroscience research endeavors. Students will apply the fundamental techniques learned in this course to design their own research projects.
This is the capstone course for the neuroscience major. Students will research current scholarly literature on topics related to the field of neuroscience and compose research papers and oral presentations on a particular topic of interest. Emphasis will be placed on effective literature searches, appropriate citations of scientific articles, analysis and interpretation of research data, thesis development and effective communication of scientific concepts. This is a writing intensive seminar.
In considering sex differences in the brain, a number of questions arise. Do biological factors, such as sex hormones, influence our sexual fate after our genetic information is established? Do these biological factors make women more nurturing or men more aggressive? Do these same factors explain differences in sexual orientation between or within each sex group? Do they contribute to the predominance of men and women in particular careers? This course will explore how scientists working from a behavioral neuroscience perspective would address these questions differently than those working from a neuroendocrinological and psychosocial perspective. The answers to these questions may have critical implications for understanding the social roles of men and women in today’s society and the different educational and emotional issues that face males and females. Sex differences in the brain may also impact the legal rights of those whose sexual orientation or gender identity do not conform to social norms and may influence the type of health care provided due to brain gender related issues. Cognitive abilities and preferences, gender identity and communication styles will be studied using popular and scientific literature from the fields of psychology, behavioral neuroscience, endocrinology, developmental biology and genetics. We will end our study by questioning whether the “doing of science” is itself a gendered activity.