NBL-Neurobiology

Courses

NBL 120. Basic Neuroscience. 3 Hours.

NBL 121. Basic Neuroscience. 3 Hours.

NBL 150. Neuroscience for Non-Majors. 3 Hours.

Neuroscience is one of the fastest growing disciplines in all of science. Using tools and perspectives adopted from across many scientific realms, neuroscience researchers have now learned more about the brain in the last two decades than in all of human history combined. Like never before, neuroscience is providing us with information pertinent to our everyday lives and in the process become a part of contemporary culture. In this lecture and discussion-based course, we will explore a range of neuroscience-related topics, including but not limited to creativity, consciousness, perception, love and emotion, brain health, motivation, stress, personality, and the differences between the male and female brain. There will be no required text for the course, and participants need no scientific background to participate.

NBL 210. Scientific Reasoning and Medical Research Design. 3 Hours.

The goal of this course is to teach biomedical research design basics and critical thinking skills in the context of neuroscience research. This knowledge should be helpful for understanding and conducting scientific research, as well as for the updated sections of the 2015 MCAT test for medical school admission.

NBL 220. Special Topics Neuroscience 1. 1 Hour.

This course covers different topics that have to do with Neurobiology.

NBL 222. Special Topics Neuroscience 2. 2 Hours.

This course covers different topics that have to do with Neurobiology.

NBL 225. No Self Control: Motivation, Reward and Addiction. 3 Hours.

Survival of self and species has been evolutionarily wired into the brain. Largely, involving sub-cortical networks, animals are strongly rewarded by beneficial outcomes and driven away from aversive situations. Overseeing these opposing subconscious determinants of motivated behavior is a pre-frontal cortical command center, which along with additional systems that provide for experiential memory and emotional significance, guide the choices we make. This course will provide the participant with an introduction to the neuronal pathways that underlie normal decision making, with a major focus on how this circuitry becomes compromised during addiction. These topics should be relevant to students interested in biomedicine, health professions or counseling.

NBL 230. Brain Function and Dysfunction. 3 Hours.

This course is an introduction to brain function. The topics range from the molecular to the behavioral. The structure of brains (insects to humans) and their key elements, neurons and glia, are discussed. We will focus on how it convert this input into electrical impulses, which then cause the release of a chemical messenger that influences the activity of other neurons (and glia) and ultimately generates behavior.

NBL 240. Special Topics Neuroscience 3. 3 Hours.

This course covers different topics that have to do with Neurobiology.

NBL 245. The Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 3 Hours.

This course focuses on the biological mechanisms involved in the processes of learning and memory in the nervous system. We will examine these mechanisms at the molecular, cellular and systems levels of the brain. Topics range from memory-associated molecules and synaptic plasticity to animal models and human behavior. In addition, students will be introduced to the many behavioral paradigms and molecular genetic techniques used by neuroscientists to study learning and memory in the brain.

NBL 298. Special Topics Neuroscience 4. 1 Hour.

This course covers different topics that have to do with Neurobiology.

NBL 310. Evolution of the Vertebrate Brain. 3 Hours.

NBL 311. From Wet Brains to Artificial Stupidity. 1-3 Hour.

NBL 323. Special Topics Neurobiology 1. 1 Hour.

This course covers differnet topics that have to do with Neurobiology.

NBL 325. Special Topics Neurobiology 3. 2 Hours.

This course covers different topics that have to do with Neurobiology.

NBL 327. Special Topics Neurobiology 4. 3 Hours.

This course covers different topics that have to do with Neurobiology.

NBL 330. Neuroscience: Brain Function and Dysfunction. 3 Hours.

This course is an introduction to brain function. The topics range from the molecular to the behavioral. The structure of brains (insects to humans) and their key elements, neurons and glia, are discussed. We will focus on how it converts this input into electrical impulses, which then cause the release of a chemical messenger that influences the activity of other neurons (and glia) and ultimately generates behavior.

NBL 355. Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience. 3 Hours.

Introduction to the cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, genetics and function of the mammalian nervous system. This course will emphasize the development, anatomy, cellular and molecular biology and biochemistry of neurons and glial cells, and introduce electrical, biophysical and chemical signaling within and across neurons.

NBL 356. From Systems to Cognitive Neuroscience. 3 Hours.

Introduction to the cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, genetics and function of the mammalian nervous system. This course will emphasize mechanisms of synaptic transmission, sensory systems, neuropharmacology, and synaptic plasticity; and introduce the molecular basis of diseases and disorders of the central and peripheral nervous systems.
Prerequisites: PY 355 [Min Grade: C] or NBL 355 [Min Grade: C]

NBL 390. Neurobiology Research Laboratory. 3 Hours.

Hands-on instruction will be provided in contemporary methods used in neurobiology research. These will include molecular cloning, DNA sequencing, cell transformation and culture, western blotting, immunohistochemistry and electrophysiology.

NBL 398. Rescg Prac in Neurobiology-RES. 1-6 Hour.

Project or research activity supervised by faculty. Cannot be taken Pass/Fail.

NBL 399. Senior Seminar in Neuroscience. 3 Hours.

All (Thesis Track) Neuroscience majors will participate in the Senior Seminar, which is a capstone experience in their study of Neuroscience. The seminar will meet weekly for in-depth discussions of current topics in neuroscience. Over the course of the semester, students will independently develop and complete a capstone research paper on a topic of their choosing while working closely with a supervising faculty member. The research report serves as a culminating academic and intellectual experience that works to develop critical thinking, research skills, and both written and oral communication. Students will present their papers at the completion of the course. (Fall and Spring availability).

NBL 401. Colloquium in Basic, Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience. 1 Hour.

The Colloquium in Basic, Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience is a faculty seminar. The Colloquium will expose students to cutting edge research programs and technologies from approximately 25 faculty each year who serve as mentors for the Undergraduate Neuroscience Major and Graduate Neuroscience Program. Faculty will also discuss strategies for development of careers in medicine and research. Students will prepare by reading an assigned research article authored by the speaker and be prepared for a group discussion. Class meets for one and a half hours a week.

NBL 410. Special Topics in Neuroscience. 3 Hours.

Molecular Neuroscience will provide students an advanced understanding of how the brain works with a focus on protein function. Everything the brain does is built upon the actions of proteins, many of which are completely unique to the brain. Together we will work to thoroughly understand the exact molecular mechanisms utilized by the brain to support the complex function of our most fascinating organ. Topics covered will include brain morphogenesis, axonal outgrowth, synapse formation, neurotransmitter biosynthesis, intracellular signaling, and the blood brain barrier. This lecture course is designed to fulfill a neuroscience major’s requirement for an advanced course. Non-neuroscience majors should seek course master approval before enrolling and must have a significant background in biology and/or chemistry. Students will be required to purchase a text. Grades will be assigned based on points accumulated through weekly quizzes, cumulative exams, and written reports.
Prerequisites: (NBL 230 [Min Grade: C] or PY 253 [Min Grade: C]) and (NBL 355 [Min Grade: C] or PY 355 [Min Grade: C]) and (NBL 356 [Min Grade: C] or PY 356 [Min Grade: C])

NBL 425. Methods in Human Neuroimaging. 3 Hours.

Cognitive neuroscience research has provided valuable insights into the workings of the human brain. The ability to perform neuroimaging studies on awake human individuals engaged in cognitive, social, sensory, and motor tasks has produced a conceptual revolution in the study of human cognition. This course will comprehensively examine the methods and techniques in neuroimaging with the primary goal of building basic knowledge in the concepts and techniques of neuroimaging. The course will explore techniques, such as single and multi cell recordings, deep brain stimulation, electroencephalography, magnetoencephalography, and diffusion tensor imaging, and focuses on functional magnetic resonance imaging. Course goals: By the end of the course, students will have gained basic knowledge in the field and will be able to read and critically assess scientific journal articles that make use of a variety of neuroimaging methods. The secondary and implicit goal of this course is to create and nurture, in students, a genuine interest in neuroscience and neuroimaging.

NBL 430. Neurodevelopment and its Disorders. 3 Hours.

This course will cover fundamental principles of brain development in the context of neurodevelopmental disorders associated with autism and intellectual disability. We will meet 3 times a week for 1 hour lectures by the course director and at least 4 other faculties from Neurobiology and Psychology.

NBL 433. Diseases of the Nervous System. 3 Hours.

Molecular mechanisms and treatments for neurological, psychiatric, and injury based disorders and diseases of the nervous system. Topics include neurodevelopmental disorders (including intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorders), neurological disorders (including neurodegenerative and demyelinating disease), neuropsychiatric disorders (including depression disorders and schizophrenia), and injury to the nervous system (including stroke and traumatic brain and spinal cord injury).
Prerequisites: PY 356 [Min Grade: C] or NBL 356 [Min Grade: C]

NBL 434. Mechanisms of Memory. 3 Hours.

Molecular, cellular, systems and medical components of neuroscience, with an emphasis on cognition and cognitive disorders. Covers topics ranging from genes and molecules to human behavior, using cognitive function and clinical cognitive disorders as the unifying theme, with a focus on learning and memory and disorders of these processes.
Prerequisites: (NBL 355 [Min Grade: C] or PY 355 [Min Grade: C]) and (NBL 356 [Min Grade: C] or PY 356 [Min Grade: C])

NBL 440. Special Topics Neuroscience 1. 1 Hour.

This course covers different topics that have to do with Neurobiology.

NBL 442. Sp Tp Neuroscience 2. 2 Hours.

This course covers different topics that have to do with Neurobiology.

NBL 444. Special Topics Neuroscience 3. 3 Hours.

This course covers different topics that have to do with Neurobiology.

NBL 446. Special Topics Neuroscience 4. 4 Hours.

This course covers different topics that have to do with Neuroscience.

NBL 454. Mind/Brain Course. 3 Hours.