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NBB Courses (Fall 2017)

Director of Undergraduate Biology Studies and Associate Chair for Curriculum
David L. Deitcher
W125 Mudd Hall

Neurobiology and Behavior Requirements
Students are required to take the two introductory courses BIONB 2210 - Neurobiology and Behavior I: Introduction to Behavior and BIONB 2220 - Neurobiology and Behavior II: Introduction to Neuroscience with discussion sections (4 credits per semester), and 7 additional credits. The 7 additional credits must include at least one advanced BIONB course of 3 or more credits from the 3000 level or above. ”Topics” courses (BIONB 4200s and BIONB 7200s), independent study (BIOG 4990), BIONB 3215, PSYCH 4230 and PSYCH 4260/PSYCH 6260 may be used toward the additional 7 credit requirement, but do not qualify as advanced courses.

Important: Always confirm offerings with appropriate Course and Time Roster
from the University Registrar.

Detailed course offerings are listed below
(subject to change).


BIONB 2210 - Introduction to Behavior                                       3cr Lec 001 #1421; 4 cr Lec 002 #1422
3-4 credits, variable. Prerequisite: two majors-level biology courses. Priority is given to students studying neurobiology and behavior. Not open to freshmen. May be taken independently of BIONB 2220. Enrollment limited to 15 students per 4-credit disc. Four-credit option required of students in neurobiology and behavior program of study.  Three credits with no discussion section; 4 credits with one disc per week and writing assignments.  M. S. Webster, L. C. Manella, Staff. General introduction to the field of animal behavior. Topics include evolution and behavior, behavioral ecology, sociobiology, chemical ecology, communication, orientation and navigation.  MWF, 12:20, location.

BIONB 3220 - Hormones and Behavior                                                                                    #4349
3 credits. Letter grades only. Prerequisites: Any one of the following: PSYCH 2230, BIONB 2210, BIONB 2220 or two biology courses plus psychology course.  Enrollment limited to: juniors and seniors. Co-meets with PSYCH 7220. Two lec plus sec in which students read and discuss original papers in the field, give an oral presentation, and write a term paper. E. Adkins-Regan. Covers comparative and evolutionary approaches to the study of the relationship between reproductive hormones and sexual behavior in vertebrates, including humans. Also hormonal contributions to other social behavior (parental behavior, aggression, mating systems), stress, learning and memory, and biological rhythms.  MWF, 11:15, location.

BIONB 3240 – Biological Psychology Laboratory                                                                   #4726
4 credits. Letter grades only. Prerequisite: PSYCH 2230 or BIONB 2220; may be taken concurrently with these courses.  Lab fee: $100.  Permission of instructor required. D. M. Smith. This course is designed to provide an introduction to experimental research on the neural basis of behavior and cognition in animals. Topics will include basic neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, neural and hormonal control of behavior, and learning and memory. Students will gain extensive hands on experience with a variety of laboratory techniques, animal species, and behaviors. R, 1:25-4:25, location.

BIONB 3920 – Drugs and the Brain                                                                                        #16096
4 credits. Prerequisite: BIONB 2220 or equivalent course in neurobiology by permission of instructor.  Enrollment limited to: 85 students.  R. M. Harris-Warrick. Introduction to neuropharmacology, with an emphasis on the neural mechanisms of psychoactive drugs. Topics include a brief introduction to neuropharmacology and a discussion of the major neurotransmitter families. The rest of the course covers the major psychoactive drugs, including cocaine, heroin, psychedelics, marijuana, and alcohol, as well as pharmaceuticals for the treatment of anxiety, schizophrenia, and depression. Includes a term paper in the form of a grant proposal to study a current problem in neuropharmacology. The course will use i-Clickers, which the students should have before the first class.  TR, 10:10-11:25, location.

BIONB 4330 – Topics in Cognitive Science – Culture, Cognition & the Humanities             #17197
4 credits. Letter grades only. COGST 3140 or PSYCH 3140. M. Christiansen. For description, see PSYCH 4320. T, 1:25-4:25, location.

BIONB 7210 – Introductory Survey in Neurobiology and Behavior                                      #5096
(1st year NBB graduate students: TBD. Staff.)   

BIONB 7640 - Plant-Insect Interactions Seminar                                                                     #3985
1 credit. (May be repeated for credit) S-U grades only. Permission of instructor or graduate standing required. A. Agrawal, A. Kessler, K. Poveda, R. Raguso, J. Thaler. Group intensive study of current research in plant-insect interactions. Topics vary from semester to semester but include chemical defense, coevolution, insect community structure, population regulation, biocontrol, tritrophic interactions, and mutualism. Day, Time TBA.


BIONB 4200, Lec 001 – Genomics and Social Evolution                                                          #5009
2 credits. Prerequisite: Previous course in molecular evolution, population genetics or permission of the instructor.  Enrollment limited to: 15 students.  M. Sheehan. This course explores genomic approaches to understanding social evolution. Topics will include approaches to identify how genomes evolve in response to social evolution across species and the relationship between social behavior and genetic diversity within populations. Students will read, present and discuss scientific papers and write an original research proposal.  R, 2:55-4:10, location.


BIONB 7201 - Research Design in the Study of Animal Social Behavior                                 #1425

(Lunch Bunch: T 12:20)

BIONB 7202 - Topics in Neural Basis of Behavior (Journal Club: F 10:30)                                      #1426