CORE-UA 303 001, Life Science: Human Genetics
We are currently witnessing a revolution in human genetics, where the ability to scrutinize and manipulate DNA has allowed scientists to gain unprecedented insights into the role of heredity. Beginning with an overview of the principles of inheritance such as cell division and Mendelian genetics, we explore the foundations and frontiers of modern human genetics, with an emphasis on understanding and evaluating new discoveries. Descending to the molecular level, we investigate how genetic information is encoded in DNA and how mutations affect gene function. These molecular foundations are used to explore the science and social impact of genetic technology, including topics such as genetic testing, genetically modified foods, DNA fingerprinting, and the Human Genome Project. Laboratory projects emphasize the diverse methods that scientists employ to study heredity.
CORE-UA 306 001, Life Science: Brain and Behavior
The relationship of the brain to behavior, beginning with the basic elements that make up the nervous system and how electrical and chemical signals in the brain work to effect behavior. Using this foundation, we examine how the brain learns and how it creates new behaviors, together with the brain mechanisms that are involved in sensory experience, movement, hunger and thirst, sexual behaviors, the experience of emotions, perception and cognition, memory and the brain's plasticity. Other key topics include whether certain behavioral disorders like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder can be accounted for by changes in the function of the brain, and how drugs can alter behavior and brain function.
Note: Handling of animals and animal brain tissue is required in some labs.
CORE-UA 312 001, Life Science: Earth, Life and Time
Prof. Rampino (Biology)
Over the last four billion years, life on Earth has evolved in response to changes in the environment. At the same time, major innovations in the history of life have led to transformations of the Earth's physical environment. We examine the history of the intimate relationship between the Earth's changing environment and the evolution of life on the planet. This long-term historical perspective provides a context for understanding current environmental issues such as global warming, tropical deforestation, and loss of biodiversity.
CORE-UA 315 001, Life Science: Human Reproduction
Prof. Naftolin (NYU Medical School)
Reproduction is a major presence in daily life. This introductory course covers the basic development, anatomy and function of the reproductive systems in men and women, including the human sexual response and the sexual development of differences in the brain. The course also includes special topics such as sexually transmitted diseases, family planning, in vitro fertilization, and reproductive ethics. We will examine the relationships between reproduction and societal, medical and global issues. The laboratory provides hands-on experience with fundamental processes in reproduction.
1. The laboratory sections for this course will be located at 180 Varick Street.
2. Some laboratories require animal dissection and/or handling live animals.