BIOL 310
Neural Development and Plasticity Fall 2016
Division III
Cross-listed BIOL 310 / NSCI 310
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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.
The Class: Type: lecture
Limit: 24
Expected: 24
Class#: 1162
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: exams
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: BIOL 212 (same as PSYC 212 or NSCI 201) and BIOL 202 (or permission of instructor)
Enrollment Preferences: Biology majors; Neuroscience concentrators; Psych majors
Unit Notes: does not satisfy the distribution requirement in the Biology major
Distributions: Division III
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
BIOL 310 Division III NSCI 310 Division III
Attributes: BIMO Interdepartmental Electives
NSCI Group A Electives

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