BIOL 412
Neural and Hormonal Basis of Hunger Spring 2018
Division III
Cross-listed BIOL 412 / NSCI 342
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Hunger and satiety are highly regulated behavioral states that maintain energy homeostasis in animals. This course will focus on readings from the primary literature to track numerous recent advances in how the brain and endocrine systems regulate appetite. Topics include how organ systems communicate with the brain to regulate appetite, how different populations of neurons in the brain interact to regulate appetite, how brain systems that regulate appetite affect other behaviors, and how the neural and hormonal basis of hunger compare with brain systems that regulate other homeostatic systems such as thirst. By tracing the advances in appetite regulation within the past decade, we will also trace the advent of cutting-edge molecular, genetic, and optical-based tools that are transforming multiple fields within physiology and neuroscience. Students in this class will have the opportunity to improve skills in written and oral scientific presentation.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 3361
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on written assignments, oral presentations, and participation
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: BIOL 205 or BIOL/PSYC 212, or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: seniors who have not taken a 400-level course
Unit Notes: does not satisfy the distribution requirement for the Biology major
Distributions: Division III
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
BIOL 412 Division III NSCI 342 Division III
Attributes: NSCI Group A Electives

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