Academic Catalog

2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Neuroscience Minor

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Degree Type Offered: Minor

A minimum of 20 credits including the following courses:


PSY-210 Biological Psychology

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Introduction to the biological bases of human and animal behavior. General introduction to the nervous system, including its development, structure, and function, with particular emphasis on the role of brain mechanisms in movement, circadian rhythms, hunger and thirst, sexual behavior, emotional behaviors and stress, learning and memory, and psychological disorders. Prerequisite: PSY-101


BIOL-110 Principles of Biology I

Credits: 4 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Introduction to the biological sciences, covering biological chemistry, cell/tissue structure and function, genetics and microevolution. Intended for biology, health and human sciences, and environmental science majors. Three lectures and one lab per week. Corequisites: MATH-110 or MATH-118 Biology and environmental science majors should take MATH-110. Other students should consult with their advisor about which course to take. FILA general education: natural and physical sciences

PSY-425 Neuroscience Methods

Credits: 4 Term Offered: Spring Only

Lecture and laboratory course exposing students to a variety of research techniques employed by neuroscientists: behavioral and cognitive procedures for measuring reward, memory, attention, and emotion; neuroanatomical procedures for staining and examining brain tissues; physiological procedures for recording the electrical activity of nerve cells, as well as commonly used techniques used to explore brain-behavior relationships (EEG, lesions, electrical and chemical stimulation). Prerequisites: PSY-317 or PSY-319 and CHEM-125 or higher or permission of instructor (Cross-listed as BIOL-425)

PSY-475E Neuroethics

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Delineates a new field of Neuroethics concerned with the social, legal and ethical implications of modern research on the brain. Brings together contemporary writings from neuroscientists, bioethicists, public policy makers and scholars in the humanities for discussion and debate on these issues. The relationship between different faith and philosophical positions on decision making from an applied (clinical) perspective will also be investigated. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350; ENG-110; and PSY-101 and PSY-210 or BIOL-110; or permission of instructor FILA general education: ethical reasoning Offered alternate years

Plus 3 of the following :

PSY-390 Sensation and Perception

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Survey of theories, principles, and facts concerning the sensory sciences. Emphasis on the study of physical, physiological, and psychological principles governing how we acquire information from the environment through the senses, and the organization of these sensations into meaningful, interpretable experiences. Although the focus is on mechanisms, the influence of disease, development, and aging are also considered. Prerequisite: PSY-210 or permission of the instructor Alternate years: offered 2018-2019

PSY-360 Psychopharmacology

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Introduction to selected topics from the study of drug effects on behavior and other psychological processes, including memory, motivation and perception. Special emphasis on the reinforcing properties of drugs and substance abuse/dependence. Prerequisite: PSY-210 or permission of instructor

BIOL/PSY-375 Applied Neuropsychology

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Multidisciplinary course in neuroscience, with clinical ties to neurology, psychiatry and psychology, as well as basic scientific links to biology, computer science and cognitive studies. Examines how the structure and function of the brain relate to specific cognitive processes and overt behaviors through the use of neuropsychological testing methods. Topics include orientation, learning and memory, intelligence, language, visuoperception, and executive functioning. The administration, scoring and interpretation of various neuropsychological measures are discussed. Prerequisites: PSY-230 or MATH-140 or SOC-322 and PSY-210 or PSY-315 or PSY-317 or PSY-319 or BIOL 110 or permission of instructor Offered alternate years (Cross-listed as PSY-375)

BIOL/PSY-317 Biology of Mind

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Examination of the contribution of neuroscience techniques to the understanding of sensation/perception, attention, learning, memory, language and consciousness. Lectures and papers involve an analysis of the interdisciplinary methods such as functional neuroimaging, electrophysiological methods, and the neurological impairments of brain-damaged patients. Prerequisites: PSY-101 and PSY-210 or BIOL-110, or permission of instructor (Cross-listed as PSY-317)

BIOL/PSY-319 Functional Neuroanatomy

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Comprehensive analysis of the organization of vertebrate nervous systems approached from a structural perspective with emphasis on the human central nervous system. Principles of organization are stressed. Laboratory component introduces students to neuroanatomical and neurohistological methods and techniques. Both the gross and fine microscopic anatomy of the nervous system are studied. Prerequisites: PSY-101 and PSY-210 or BIOL-110 or permission of instructor (Cross-listed as PSY-319)

Students interested in graduate work or careers in neuroscience are strongly encouraged to complete BIOL-305 and BIOL-314.