Courses

Classes are listed with their semester number. The projected semesters in which the courses may be offered are also provided. Note that neuroscience majors are expected to complete Psych 3313 and Neuro 3000 prior to taking their specialization courses. In all, neuroscience majors take 4 core classes, 1 data analysis course, 5 courses within their specialization and 2 courses outside of their specialization (breadth).

Many classes have a sample syllabus for the course. This syllabus is not a guarantee of the course material, so you should contact the instructor for the most up-to-date information.

Core Classes | Data Analysis Classes | Track & Breadth Classes | Cellular & Molecular Classes | Behavioral & Systems Classes | Cognitive & Computational Graduate Level


I. Core Classes 

Psychology 3313: Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience

Autumn, Spring, & Summer Semester
Prerequisite/Corequisite(s): Psychology 1100 
Class for the Neuroscience Major & Minor.

Sample Syllabus

Introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system in relation to behavior.

Psychology 3513: Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience

Autumn & Spring Semester
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 1100 
Class for the Neuroscience Major & Minor.

Sample Syllabus

Examination of the neuroscientific approach to the study of cognition; primary focus on the psychobiology of memory, attention, language, and spatial orientation.

Neuroscience 3000: Introduction to Molecular/Cellular Neuroscience

Autumn & Spring Semester
Prerequisite(s): Biology 1113. Psychology 3313 recommended.
Class for the Neuroscience Major & Minor.

Sample Syllabus

Introductory course covering organization and function of the nervous system at a level understandable to science and non science majors.

Neuroscience 3050: Structure and Function of the Nervous System

Autumn & Spring Semester
Prerequisite(s): Biology 1113 & Neuroscience 3000 
Class for the Neuroscience Major & Minor.

Sample Syllabus

Basic principles of the anatomical and neurophysiological organization of the nervous system. 

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II. Data Analysis Classes

Psychology 2220: Introduction to Data Analysis in Psychology

Summer, Autumn, & Spring Semester
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 1100 and Math 1148 
Honors class available.
Class for the Neuroscience Major

Sample Syllabus or Sample Honors Syllabus

Introduction to statistical analysis of psychological data; random samples, graphical and numerical techniques of descriptive statistics, correlation, regression, probability, sampling distribution, and hypothesis testing.

Statistics 2480: Statistics for Life Sciences

Spring Semester
Prerequisite(s): Math 1151 
Class for the Neuroscience Major

Sample Syllabus

Calculus-based introduction to the statistical analysis of biological data, including probability, common discrete and continuous distributions, experimental design, and hypothesis testing.

Statistics 2450: Introduction to Statistical Analysis

Autumn Semester
Prerequisite(s): Math 1151 
Class for the Neuroscience Major

Sample Syllabus

Calculus-based introduction to the statistical analysis of biological data, including probability, common discrete and continuous distributions, experimental design, and hypothesis testing.

Molecular Genetics 5650: Analysis & Interpretation of Biological Data I

Autumn Semester
Prerequisite(s): Math 1150 and 10hrs of 3000-level or higher Biological Sciences
Class for the Neuroscience Major

Sample Syllabus

Methods of analyzing biological data including: sampling, descriptive statistics, distributions, analysis of variance, inference, regression, and correlation. Emphasizes practical applications of statistics in the biological sciences.

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III. Specialization & Breadth Classes

Once some of the above core courses have been completed, students then declare a specialization in one of three sub-disciplines of neuroscience (Molecular/Cellular, Systems/Behavioral, or Cognitive/Computational). Students must take 5 courses within their specialization. To see how courses align with your specific specialization, please see the files below:

PDF icon Molecular-Cellular Specialization.pdf

PDF icon Systems-Behavioral Specialization.pdf

PDF icon Cognitive-Computational Specialization.pdf

Neuroscience 3010: Neurophysiology

Autumn Semester
Prerequisite(s): Neuroscience 3000
Class for the Neuroscience Major & Minor.

Sample Syllabus

The course will discuss basic principles of neurophysiology working from the level of the ion channel to the whole system.


Neuroscience 4050: Neurogenetics

Autumn Semester
Prerequisite(s): Neuroscience 3000
Class for the Neuroscience Major & Minor.

This course is about gene discovery in neuroscience. Spans classic mutagenesis and gene mapping studies in simple invertebrate systems to the mapping and identification of brain disease genes in humans. Explores 1) the genetics of neurological, developmental and psychiatric diseases (e.g., Huntingtons, Alzheimers, autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder), 2) animal models of these diseases including drug/gene therapy, and 3) unique genetic systems and studies such as the Stanford dog narcolepsy project. Key concepts: linkage, gene mapping using DNA polymorphisms, and GWAS.

Neurogenetics Fall 2015.pdf

Neuroscience 4100: Basic and Clinical Foundations of Neurological Disease

Autumn Semester

Prerequisite(s): Neuroscience 3000 

Class for the Neuroscience Major & Minor.

Discusses basic and clinical issues related to a variety of neurological disease.

Psychology 4305: Introduction to Psychopharmacology

Spring Semester
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 3313
Class for the Neuroscience Major & Minor.
Not open to students with credit for Psych 3305.

Sample Syllabus

Introduction to the psychology and biology of licit and illicit psychoactive drug use. Formerly Drugs and Behavior (Psych 3305). Students who have already taken Psych 3305 may still count it toward a major or minor in neuroscience.

Math 4350: Quantitative Neuroscience

Spring Semester
Prerequisite(s): Math 1151 & 1152
Class for the Neuroscience Major & Minor.

Introduction to mathematical modeling and computational analysis of neuronal systems, Hodgkin-Huxley model, dynamical systems methods, neuronal networks, models for neurological disease.

Psychology 4501: Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience

Spring Semester 2014, 2015
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 3313
Class for the Neuroscience Major & Minor.

Sample Syllabus

Advanced discussion of contemporary issues in psychobiology, including: synaptic pharmacology, drugs, and behavior, neurodegenerative diseases and the biological bases of psychopathology.

Neuroscience 4623: Biological Clocks & Behavior

Spring Semester
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 3313
Class for the Neuroscience Major

4623 SYLLABUS 2016.pdf

Biological rhythms of animals and humans, including ultradian, daily, lunar, tidal and annual cycles; role of nervous and endocrine systems in relation to behavioral rhythms.

Molecular Genetics 4500: General Genetics

Summer, Autumn & Spring Semester
Prerequisite(s): Biology 1113 plus 3 additional hours of Biology
Recommended for pre-health students.
Honors/Embedded class available.
Class for the Neuroscience Major & Minor.

Sample Syllabus

The principles of genetics, including molecular genetics, transmission genetics of prokaryotes and eukaryotes, developmental and non-chromosomal genetics, and the genetics and evolution of populations.

Biochemistry 4511: Introduction to Biological Chemistry

Summer, Autumn & Spring Semester
Prerequisite(s): Chemistry 1210/1220 + 2510
Recommended for pre-health & pre-grad students.
Class for the Neuroscience Major & Minor.

Sample Syllabus

An introductory course in biochemistry dealing with the molecular basis of structure and metabolism of plants, animals, and microorganisms.

Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology 4550: Neurobiology of Behavior

Autumn Semester
Prerequisite(s): 2 Biological Science Courses
Class for the Neuroscience Major & Minor

Sample Syllabus

Introduction to the field referred to as neuroethology or behavioral neurobiology. As a distinct scientific discipline this field has emerged relatively recently from a combination of ethology (the study of animal behavior in an adaptive context), and neurobiology (the study of nervous systems).

Psychology 4644: Hormones & Behavior

Spring Semester

Prerequisite(s): Psychology 3313

Class for the Neuroscience Major & Minor.

Not open to students with credit for Neuroscience 5644.

Exploration of the interactions among hormones, brain, and behavior through an integrative approach.

Sample Syllabus

Electrical & Computer Engineering 5194: Neuroengineering & Neuroprosthetics

Autumn Semester

Prerequisite(s): ECE 3050 or Neuro 3010 or BME 3703 recommended for interested Honors students.
Class for the Neuroscience Major & Minor

Sample Syllabus

This course covers from basic neurophysiology and computational neuronal models to advanced neural interfaces and prostheses currently being actively developed in the field.

Computer Science & Engineering 5526: Introduction to Neural Networks

Autumn Semester
Prerequisite(s): CSE 3521
Class for the Neuroscience Major & Minor.

Sample Syllabus

Survey of fundamental methods and techniques of neural networks; single- and multi-layer perceptrons; radial-basis function networks; support vector machines; recurrent networks; supervised and unsupervised learning.

Computer Science & Engineering 5539: Intermediate Studies in Artificial Intelligence

Autumn & Spring Semester
Undergraduate/Graduate Level: Requires permission of instructor.
Class for the Neuroscience Major 

Sample Syllabus

Intermediate-level topics in artificial intelligence.

Psychology 5600: Psychobiology of Learning & Memory

Autumn Semester
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 3313
Class for the Neuroscience Major & Minor.

Sample Syllabus

The study of principles which underlie the discovery, fixation, and retention of behavior; emphasis on theoretical formulation of the conditions necessary for learning and remembering.

Psychology 5602: Behavioral Genetics

Spring Semester
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 3313
Class for the Neuroscience Major & Minor.

Psych 5602 Sample Syllabus.pdf

Examines the role of genetics in animal (including human) behavior. Highly interdisciplinary, this course draws upon fields of biology, genetics, epigenetics, ethology, psychology and statistics. The goal is to provide knowledge concerning the interrelationship of genetics & behavior and its implications for health & human development and education.

Discusses basic and clinical issues related to a variety of neurological disease. 

Psychology 5606: High Level Vision

Spring Semester
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 3310
Class for the Neuroscience Major

Sample Syllabus

Visual perception of solid shape, models of object recognition, perception of self-motion and of action.

Psychology 5608: Introduction to Mathematical Psychology

Autumn Semester
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 3321 or equivalent statistics class
Class for the Neuroscience Major

Sample Syllabus

Survey of current topics in mathematical psychology; topics include measurement theory, scaling, utility theory, subjective probability, decision making in uncertain situations, choice theory.

Psychology 5609: Introduction to Mathematical Models in Experimental Psychology

Autumn Semester
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 5608 
Class for the Neuroscience Major

Sample Syllabus

A survey of mathematical models and theories in important areas of experimental psychology; models of perceptual and cognitive processes, memory, and learning.

Psychology/CSE/Linguistics/Philosophy 5612: Introduction to Cognitive Science

Autumn Semester
Prerequisite(s): 12hrs in Psychology, CSE, Linguistics, or Philosophy, or Permission of Instructor.
Class for the Neuroscience Major

Sample Syllabus

Cognitive science is an interdisciplinary study of the nature of human thought; psychological, philosophical, linguistic, and artificial intelligence approaches to knowledge representation.

Psychology 5613H: Biological Psychiatry

Spring Semester 2016
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 4501
Class for the Neuroscience Major & Minor.

Sample Syllabus

Provides a contemporary overview of the biological bases of several significant psychopathologies, including: mood disorders, schizophrenia, and PTSD/dissociative identity disorders.

Psychology 5614: Cognitive Neuroscience

Autumn Semester TBA
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 3313 or 3513.
Class for the Neuroscience Major

Neuronal mechanisms of information processing.

Psychology 5618: Introduction to Computational Cognitive Neuroscience

Semesters TBA
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 3310 or 3312 or Permission of Instructor. Psychology 5612 recommended.
Class for the Neuroscience Major

Sample Syllabus

Neuroscience 5640: Neuronal Signal Transduction

Autumn Semester

Prerequisite(s): Neuro 3000 & 3050

Class for the Neuroscience Major & Minor.

 

Focus on the fundamental intracellular signaling events and transcriptional control mechanisms that shape CNS physiology and pathophysiology. 

Sample Syllabus

Speech & Hearing Sciences 5760: Neurology of Speech & Hearing Mechanisms

Spring Semester
Undergraduate/Graduate Level: Requires permission of instructor.
Recommended for interested Honors students.
Class for the Neuroscience Major

Structure and function of the central and peripheral nervous systems as they relate to speech and hearing.

Biologically plausible models of perception, memory, language, and high-level cognition. Hands-on exercises with a state-of-the-art neural network simulator. Interdisciplinary emphasis.

Neuroscience 5790H: Developmental Neuroscience

Spring Semester

Prerequisite(s): Neuroscience 3000 & 3050

Class for the Neuroscience Major & Minor

The class takes a molecular and cellular approach to understanding how the nervous system develops. Topics include neuronal cell fate specification, cellular patterning, axon guidance, synapse development and circuit formation. Information will be from a suggested text, but will mostly be based on research literature. Students will also get the opportunity to read, discuss and present a research article.

Psychology 5898: Seminar in Behavioral Neuroscience

Odd Year Spring Semester
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 4501
Graduate Level: Requires permission of instructor and permission of graduate school.
Recommended for interested Honors students.
Class for the Neuroscience Major

Sample Syllabus

IIIb. Breadth-Only Courses

These courses can count as breadth for any specialization.

Neuroscience 4850: Contemporary Topics in Neuroscience

Semester TBA
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 3313 & Neuroscience 3000
Class for the Neuroscience Major

Neuroscience 4850 Contemporary Topics in Neuroscience Syllabus (1) (1).pdf

A merging of pop culture and Neuroscience, this course will survey recent events and literature in the field of Neuroscience from learning and memory, neurodevelopmental disorders, the microbiome and aging. Discover why the Wall Street Journal calls this the “Golden Age of Neuroscience”. 

IV. Graduate Level Courses

These courses can count for either specialization or breadth requirements.

Neuroscience 7050: Neurobiology of Disease

Spring Semester
Graduate Level: Requires permission of instructor and permission of graduate school.
Recommended for interested Honors students.
Class for the Neuroscience Major

Sample Syllabus

Neurobiology of Disease will explore the basis of major diseases affecting the nervous system.

Molecular Virology & Immunology 7500: Neuroimmunology

Odd Year Spring Semester
Graduate Level: Requires permission of instructor and permission of graduate school.
Recommended for interested Honors students.
Class for the Neuroscience Major

Sample Syllabus

Research and clinical applications of inflammatory processes within the central nervous system with special emphasis on neurodegenerative disorders, autoimmune disease and neurotrauma (e.g., spinal injury).

Neuroscience 7001: Foundations of Neuroscience I

Fall Semester
Graduate Level: Requires permission of instructor and permission of graduate school.
Recommended for interested Honors students.
Class for the Neuroscience Major

Sample Syllabus

This course will discuss basic principles of the cellular, molecular, and neurophysiological organization of the nervous system.

Neuroscience 7002: Foundations of Neuroscience II

Spring Semester
Graduate Level: Requires permission of instructor and permission of graduate school.
Recommended for interested Honors students.
Class for the Neuroscience Major

This course will discuss basic principles of the cellular, molecular, and neurophysiological organization of the nervous system.

Neuroscience 7900: Developmental Neurobiology

Spring Semester, offered infrequently
Graduate Level: Requires permission of instructor and permission of graduate school.
Recommended for interested Honors students.
Class for the Neuroscience Major

Interdisciplinary approach to the development of neural cells and the formation and maturation of vertebrate and invertebrate nervous systems.

Psychology 6806: Neurobiology of Learning & Memory

Spring Semester, offered infrequently
Graduate Level: Requires permission of instructor and permission of graduate school.
Recommended for interested Honors students.
Class for the Neuroscience Major

Integrate coverage of animal learning and human memory, focusing on three key components of the field: behavioral processes, brain systems, and clinical perspectives.

Psychology 6807: Neuropsychopharmacology

Spring Semester, offered infrequently
Graduate Level: Requires permission of instructor and permission of graduate school.
Recommended for interested Honors students.
Class for the Neuroscience Major

The use of pharmacological agents to influence brain function, slow brain aging and induce recovery of function.

Electrical & Computer Engineering 5194: Neuroengineering & Neuroprosthetics

Autumn Semester, offered infrequently

Prerequisite(s): ECE 3050 or Neuro 3010 or BME 3703 recommended for interested Honors students.
Class for the Neuroscience Major & Minor

Sample Syllabus

This course gives an overview of the broad field of Neuroengineering for graduate and senior undergraduate students with engineering or neuroscience backgrounds. Focusing on neural interfaces and prostheses, this course covers from basic neurophysiology and computational neuronal models to advanced neural interfaces and prostheses currently being actively developed in the field.Back to top of page

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