NSCI 311 Fall 2014 Neural Systems and Circuits

Cross Listed as BIOL311
This course will examine the functional organization of the vertebrate brain, emphasizing both neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. How do specific populations of neurons and their connections analyze sensory information, form perceptions of the external and internal environment, make cognitive decisions, and execute movements? How does the brain produce feelings of reward/motivation and aversion/pain? How does the brain regulate homeostatic functions such as sleep, food intake, and thirst? We will explore these questions using a holistic, integrative approach, considering molecular/cellular mechanisms, physiological characterizations of neurons, and connectivity among brain systems. Laboratory sessions will provide experience in examining macroscopic and microscopic neural structures, as well as performing experiments to elucidate the structure and function of neural systems using classical and cutting-edge techniques.
Class Format: lecture/lab, six hours per week
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, laboratory notebooks and posters, hour exams and a final exam
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Prerequisites: NSCI 201 or BIOL 205
Enrollment Preference: Biology majors and Neuroscience concentrators
Department Notes: does not fulfill the distribution requirement in the major
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Divisional Attributes: Division III
Other Attributes: NSCI Group A Electives
Enrollment Limit: 24
Expected Enrollment: 24
Class Number: 1304
NSCI 311 - 01 (F) LEC Neural Systems and Circuits Division 3: Science and Mathematics Matt E. Carter
MWF 09:00 AM-09:50 AM Biology 202 1304
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