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NBB Courses (Spring 2016)

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

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


BIONB 2220 – Introduction to Neuroscience
3 cr #3603; 4 cr #3604; 5 cr #3790
3-5 credits, variable. 
Prerequisite: one year of college level biology for majors (comparative physiology and/or cell and developmental biology are recommended) and one year of chemistry. Priority is given to students studying neurobiology and behavior.  Not open to freshmen.  May be taken independently of BIONB 2210. Enrollment limited to: 15 students per 4 credit disc. Enrollment limited to: 12 students in 5 credit option. Four or 5 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 with problem sets and writing assignments (recommended); 5 credits with one or two disc per week and participation in Writing in the Majors program; students may not preregister for 5 credit option; interested students complete application form on first day of class.  R. M. Harris-Warrick, Staff.  An introduction to neuroscience: the structure and function of the nervous system of humans and other animals. Topics include the cellular and molecular basis for cell signaling, the functions of neurons in communication and in decision making; neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, sensory systems, motor systems, neural development, learning and memory, and other complex brain functions. The course will emphasize how the nervous system is built during development, how it changes with experiences during life, how it functions in normal behavior, and how it is disrupted by injury and disease. Discussion sections will include a dissection of a preserved sheep brain.  MWF 12:20-1:10. 


BIONB 3290 – Biopsychology of Learning and Memory
3 credits.  Prerequisite: two majors-level biology courses and either a biopsychology course or BIONB 2220. Enrollment limited to: 60 students. Co-meets with PSYCH 6320.  T. J. DeVoogd.  For description, see PSYCH 3320. MWF 11:15-12:05. 


BIONB 3690 – Chemical Ecology
3 credits.  Prerequisite: one majors-level biology course and one semester introductory chemistry for majors or nonmajors or equivalents, or permission of instructor. A University Course - this class highlights cross-disciplinary dialogue and debate. A. Kessler, A. Agrawal, R. Raguso, J. Thaler.  For description and learning outcomes, see BIOEE 3690.   MWF 11:15-12:05. 

BIONB 4140 – Principles of Pharmacology
3 credits.   Letter grades only.  Prerequisite: BIOAP 3110 or NS 3410. G. Weiland, C. Fewtrell, M. Linder.  For description and learning outcomes, see BIOAP 4140.  MWF 2:30-3:20. 

BIONB 4260 – Animal Communication
4 credits.  Letter grades only.  Prerequisite: BIONB 2210. Enrollment limited to: 50 students. Discussion TBA.  M. S. Webster.  Communication is the “glue” that holds societies together. This course examines how and why animals communicate. Topics include the role of the environment in shaping animal signals, whether animals tell the truth to each other, why some bird songs are simple and others complex, and what kinds of signals might be exchanged between species.  TR 8:40-9:55. 


BIONB 4300 – Experimental Molecular Neurobiology
4 credits.  Letter grades only.  Prerequisite: BIOMG 3300 or BIOMG 3310. Recommended prerequisite: BIOMG 2801. Enrollment limited to: 16 students.  Lab Tuesday (for times see  D. L. Deitcher.  Experiments include PCR, cloning of DNA fragments, RNA purification, restriction digests, bacterial transformation, DNA sequencing, and protein interactions. Experiments emphasize how molecular techniques can be applied to studying neurobiological problems.  Lec: TBA.  302 Wing Hall.

BIONB 4330 – Topics in Cognitive Science: Imagination and Creativity
4 credits.  Prerequisite: COGST 3140 or COGST 6140. S. Edelman, H. Segal.  For description, see COGST 4130.  M 2:00-4:25. 



BIONB 4910 – Principles of Neurophysiology
Lec #2176, M Lab #2177, T Lab #2178
4 credits.   Prerequisite: BIONB 2220 or written permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to: 24 students. Neurobiology and Behavior concentrators must take class for a letter grade.  B. R. Johnson.  Laboratory-oriented course designed to teach the concepts and tools of cellular neurophysiology through hands-on experience with extracellular and intracellular electrophysiological techniques, and computer acquisition and analysis of laboratory results. Students explore signal transmission in the nervous system by examining the cellular basis of resting and action potentials, and synaptic transmission. Lecture time is used to review nervous system physiology, introduce laboratory exercises, discuss lab results and primary research papers, and for presentation of additional experimental preparations and methods. Invertebrate preparations are used as model systems.  Lec MW 10:10-11:00.    Lab M or T 12:20-4:25, lab location B150 CMS.


BIONB 4970 – The Brain – Its Evolution and Development
3 credits. Prerequisite: BIONB 2220 or equivalent. Enrollment limited to: 50 students. Intended for juniors, seniors, and graduate students.  I. Ballagh, A. H. Bass.  How does the brain evolve? One of the fastest-growing areas of study in neuroscience is the evolution of developmental mechanisms that have shaped the remarkable diversity in brain organization observed among vertebrates. This lecture course will consider the evolutionary and developmental origins (“evo-devo”) of vertebrate brains from phylogenetic, molecular, anatomical, physiological, and behavioral perspectives. Topics include the evo-devo of brain regions such as the cerebral hemispheres and brainstem; sensory systems ranging from olfaction to vision and hearing; motor systems for posture, locomotion and speech; and mechanisms of social and sexual plasticity.   TR 2:55-4:10.    

BIONB 7000 – Introduction to Programming for Research in Neurobiology and Behavior
4 credits.  S/U grades only.  Permission of instructor required. Enrollment limited to: 10 students.  C. Linster.  Lab course offering an introduction to programming in Matlab with a focus on neurobiology and behavior. Modeling, data acquisition, signal processing and data analysis.  Day/Time TBA. 




BIONB 7640 – Plant-Insect Interactions Seminar
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.  For description and learning outcomes, see BIOEE 7640



BIONB 4200 – Gender and the Brain
2 credits. Prerequisites: Junior, senior or graduate standing: BIONB 2220 or BIOBM 3320 or by permission of instructor. Limited to 15 students. S. Dietz. In this course, we will delve into the neuroscience of gender difference. Reading the original scientific papers, we will ask whether we can find measureable physical differences in male and female brains, and what these differences might be. Do men and women solve spatial puzzles differently, as measured physiologically? Do nonhuman animals display sex-specific behaviors mediated by brain structure, and can we extrapolate these findings to human behavior? Are there physical representations of sexual orientation in the brain, and how are these related to gender identity? And how are scientific studies represented and misrepresented in popular debate? In each class period we will read original scientific literature and discuss how the design and execution of the studies may have influenced the outcomes they measured. We will also read news and opinion articles based on the science we are discussing. M 7:30-8:45pm, W358 CMH.










BIONB 7201 – Research Design in the Study of Animal Social Behavior (Lunch Bunch - T 12:20).  W358 CMH.                             #2180



BIONB 7202 – Topics in Neural Basis of Behavior (F 10:30).  A305 CMH.                                                                                                     #2181



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