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PSYC 212
Neuroscience Fall 2020
Division III
Cross-listed BIOL 212 / NSCI 201 / PSYC 212

Class Details

This course is designed to give an overview of the field of neuroscience progressing from a molecular level onwards to individual neurons, neural circuits, and ultimately regulated output behaviors of the nervous system. Topics include a survey of the structure and function of the nervous system, basic neurophysiology and neurochemistry, development, learning and memory, sensory and motor systems, and clinical disorders. Throughout the course, many examples from current research in neuroscience are used to illustrate the concepts being considered. The lab portion of the course will emphasize a) practical hands-on exercises that amplify the material presented in class; b) interpreting and analyzing data; c) presenting the results in written form and placing them in the context of published work; and d) reading and critiquing scientific papers. Lectures will be pre-recorded and shared asynchronously. Students will be divided into small groups (~6 students each) that will meet synchronously with the instructors once a week for 30 minutes to further discuss concepts covered in the lecture. These meetings will take place within the scheduled class period and be in either in-person or online formats. If in-person numbers are too low to populate a given discussion subgroup, then that group would meet via the previously described online format. The lab component will be available to remote students in modified form, and will cover much of the same content as the in-person sections. Evaluation will be based on participation in discussion groups, exercises, problem sets and quizzes performed in small groups, lab reports, two midterm exams, and a final exam.
The Class: Format: lecture/laboratory; Lectures will be pre-recorded and shared asynchronously. Students will be divided into small groups that will meet synchronously with the instructors once a week for 30 minutes to further discuss concepts covered in the lecture.The lab component will be available to remote students in modified form, and will cover much of the same content as the in-person sections.
Limit: 36
Expected: 36
Class#: 2728
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: does not satisfy the distribution requirement for the Biology major
Prerequisites: PSYC 101 or BIOL 101; open to first-year students only with permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: sophomores and Biology and Psychology majors
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 212 Division III NSCI 201 Division III PSYC 212 Division III
Attributes: COGS Interdepartmental Electives
NSCI Required Courses
PSYC 200-level Courses

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