Neural Science (2018 - 2020)
Introduction to Neural Science
NEURL-UA 100 Identical to BIOL-UA 100. Prerequisites: Principles of Biology I, II (BIOL-UA 11, 12). Recommended corequisite: Molecular and Cell Biology I (BIOL-UA 21). Offered in the fall. Glimcher, Movshon. 4 points.
Introductory lecture covering such fundamental topics as principles of brain organization, structure and ultrastructure of neurons, neurophysiology and biophysics of excitable cells, synaptic transmission, neurotransmitter systems and neurochemistry, neuropharmacology, neuroendocrine relations, molecular biology of neurons, development and plasticity of the brain, aging and diseases of the nervous system, organization of sensory and motor systems, structure and function of the cerebral cortex, and modeling of neural systems.
Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
NEURL-UA 210 Formerly NEURL-UA 201. Identical to BIOL-UA 201. Prerequisites: Introduction to Neural Science (NEURL-UA 100), Molecular and Cell Biology I (BIOL-UA 21), and General Physics II (PHYS-UA 12). Offered in the fall. Aoki, Klann, Reyes. 4 points.
Lectures and laboratories are organized into three areas: cell structure and organization of the vertebrate central nervous system, mechanisms underlying neural signaling and plasticity, and control of cell form and its developmental determinants. Laboratory instruction in anatomical, physiological, and biochemical methods for investigating the biology of nerve cells is offered. Note: Neural science majors on the honors track must register for both the lecture and the laboratory (4 and 2 points, respectively), but these need not be taken simultaneously; other students may only register for the lab section with permission of the instructor.
Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience
NEURL-UA 220 Identical to BIOL-UA 220. Prerequisite: Introduction to Neural Science (NEURL-UA 100). Offered in the spring. Kiani, Peron, Pesaran. 4 points.
Lectures and laboratories cover four main areas: sensory process, learning and memory, motivational and attentional mechanisms, and the motor system. Laboratories employ a range of electrophysiological techniques, lesions and pharmacological manipulations, and various behavioral techniques to examine the integrative processes by which the brain governs behavior. Note: Neural science majors in the honors track must register for both the lecture and the laboratory (4 and 2 points, respectively), but these need not be taken simultaneously; other students may only register for the lab section with permission of the instructor.
Development and Dysfunction of the Nervous System
NEURL-UA 305 Prerequisites: Introduction to Neural Science (NEURL-UA 100) and Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology (NEURL-UA 210). Offered in the spring. Sanes. 4 points.
Explores how the nervous system develops in normal animals, and how genetic and epigenetic factors can disrupt these processes. Lectures on normal developmental mechanisms are interleaved with those on disorders to provide a solid foundation for understanding abnormal events during maturation. The lectures on normal development cover a broad range of topics, including differentiation, axon outgrowth, synapse formation, specificity of connections, and plasticity. The lectures on dysfunction include autism, dyslexia, mental retardation, specific language impairment, hearing loss, blindness, ADHD, demyelinating or neurodegenerative disorders, and axon regeneration. How current theories can explain the etiology of each disorder and how basic research can best facilitate advances in knowledge and, ultimately, lead to treatments or cures.
NEURL-UA 301 Required for students in the honors track. Offered in the fall. Louie, Semple. 4 points.
Intended for honors-track seniors currently conducting research towards their honors thesis. Covers both practical and theoretical aspects of succeeding in science with topics such as scientific writing, authorship and publication practices, navigating mentorship relationships, and oral presentation skills. Structured as a weekly seminar class with active participation, including student presentation of journal articles and varying length presentations of students’ own research projects.
Special Topics in Neural Science
NEURL-UA 302 Prerequisite: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology (NEURL-UA 210) and/or Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience (NEURL-UA 220), or permission of the instructor. Offered in the fall and spring. Various faculty. 4 points.
Lectures present background material and address current problems; reading and discussion of review articles and current literature on the topic. Topics vary and may include cognitive neural science, signal processing in neural networks, molecular mechanisms of memory, motor function, vision, and the effects of exercise on the brain. Students may take up to three different versions of this course.
NEURL-UA 997, 998 Offered in the fall and spring. 1 to 4 points per term.
Independent study with a Center for Neural Science faculty member. Open to advanced neural science majors with permission of the director of undergraduate studies.