BIOL 310 Neural Development and Plasticity

Last offered Spring 2014

Cross Listed as NSCI310
Development can be seen as a tradeoff between genetically-determined processes and environmental stimuli. The tension between these two inputs is particularly apparent in the developing nervous system, where many events must be predetermined, and where plasticity, or altered outcomes in response to environmental conditions, is also essential. Plasticity is reduced as development and differentiation proceed, and the potential for regeneration after injury or disease in adults is limited; however some exceptions to this rule exist, and recent data suggest that the nervous system is not hard-wired as previously thought. In this course we will discuss the mechanisms governing nervous system development, from relatively simple nervous systems such as that of the fruitfly, to the more complicated nervous systems of humans, examining the roles played by genetically specified programs and non-genetic influences.
Class Format: lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: exams
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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Prerequisites: BIOL 212/PSYC 212/NSCI 201 and BIOL 202 (or permission of instructor)
Enrollment Preference: Biology majors; Neuroscience concentrators; Psych majors
Department Notes: does not satisfy the distribution requirement in the Biology major
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Divisional Attributes: Division III
Other Attributes: BIMO Interdepartmental Electives, NSCI Group A Electives
Enrollment Limit: 24
Expected Enrollment: 24
Class Number: 3238
BIOL 310 LEC Neural Devlopment & Plasticity Division 3: Science and Mathematics Tim J. Lebestky
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