Neuroscience

Neuroscience Course Descriptions

NRSC 201 Topics in Neuroscience
Credit Hours:
1

Is a seminar-style course team taught each semester by the neuroscience faculty. It explores in detail a particular topic in the field through reading and discussion of recent published reports. Neuroscience majors must take the course three times.

NRSC 305 Cognitive Neuroscience
Credit Hours:
3

Is a junior-level introduction to human cognition from neuroscientific and evolutionary perspectives. Students begin by learning the historical and philosophical antecedents of the field. Students then develop an understanding and appreciation for cognition and research methodology in the field; topics include perception, attention, memory, language, brain organization and plasticity, and the problem of consciousness. Prerequisites: BIOL 112 and PSYC 281.

NRSC 308 Neuroscience Practicum
Credit Hours:
1

Is a “real world” introduction to current research topics in the discipline. Students conduct several laboratory projects in this course. They also attend the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience or a regional neuroscience conference and report on their experience. Prerequisite: Junior standing and permission of instructor.

NRSC 368 Fundamental Neuroscience
Credit Hours:
4

Emphasizes basic neurophysiology, neurochemistry, synaptic function, coordinated organismal functions, and common neurological disorders. Laboratory emphasizes neuroanatomy. Prerequisite: BIOL 108, 112, 226. Cross listed as BIOL 368.

NRSC 386 Neuropharmacology
Credit Hours:
4

Provides basic explanations concerning how drugs act in the brain. The primary focus will be at the cell/molecular level with a lesser focus on the effects at the organismal level. Prerequisites: BIOL 108, 112, 226, CHEM 111, 112.

NRSC 407 Neuroscience Research I
Credit Hours:
3

Part of a three-semester sequence of courses in an independent study program designed to provide opportunities to practice inquiry and discovery while intensively investigating a fundamental problem in neuroscience. In the first semester, students search the current scientific literature related to their topic and prepare a review paper and a research proposal. During the senior year, the students conduct an original investigation and produce both a scientific paper and an oral presentation. They also present a poster at the Annual Science Poster Session.

NRSC 408 Neuroscience Research II
Credit Hours:
2

Part of a three-semester sequence of courses in an independent study program designed to provide opportunities to practice inquiry and discovery while intensively investigating a fundamental problem in neuroscience. In the first semester, students search the current scientific literature related to their topic and prepare a review paper and a research proposal. During the senior year, the students conduct an original investigation and produce both a scientific paper and an oral presentation. They also present a poster at the Annual Science Poster Session. Prerequisite: NRSC 407.

NRSC 409 Neuroscience Research III
Credit Hours:
2

Part of a three-semester sequence of courses in an independent study program designed to provide opportunities to practice inquiry and discovery while intensively investigating a fundamental problem in neuroscience. In the first semester, students search the current scientific literature related to their topic and prepare a review paper and a research proposal. During the senior year, the students conduct an original investigation and produce both a scientific paper and an oral presentation. They also present a poster at the Annual Science Poster Session. Prerequisite: NRSC 408.

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