NSCI 311
Neural Systems and Circuits Fall 2014
Division III
Cross-listed NSCI 311 / BIOL 311
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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.
The Class: Format: lecture/lab, six hours per week
Limit: 24
Expected: 24
Class#: 1304
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, laboratory notebooks and posters, hour exams and a final exam
Prerequisites: NSCI 201 or BIOL 205
Enrollment Preferences: Biology majors and Neuroscience concentrators
Unit Notes: does not fulfill the distribution requirement in the major
Distributions: Division III
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
NSCI 311 Division III BIOL 311 Division III
Attributes: NSCI Group A Electives

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