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NBB Courses (Spring 2017)

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

dld14@cornell.edu

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), 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 2220 - Neurobiology and Behavior II: Introduction to Neuroscience
Lec (3 cr) 3509; Lec (4 cr) 3510

3-4 credits, variable.  Forbidden Overlap: Students may not receive credit for both BIONB 2220 and PSYCH 2230.  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. 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 with problem sets and writing assignments.  C. Linster, L. C. Manella, staff.  MWF 12:20-1:10.  LocationAn 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. 

BIONB 3230 - Methods in Animal Behavior                                                                                                            
Lec 15937; Lab 15938

4 credits. Letter grades only.  Prerequisite: BIONB 2210.  Enrollment limited to: 24 students.   M. Sheehan.  MW Lec 1:25-2:15; Lab 2:30-4:25.  LocationThis course provides hands-on experience with modern methods for studying animal behavior both in the field and in the laboratory. Class projects will be complemented with a series of workshops and demonstrations of methods. Topics include experimental design, animal tracking, animal color analysis, sound analysis, chemical analysis, capture/marking methods, determining relatedness, measuring social behavior, and behavioral statistics in R.

BIONB 3280 – Biopsychology of Learning and Memory
Lec 3717

3 credits. Prerequisite: One year of biology and either a biopsychology course or BIONB 2220.  Enrollment limited to: 60 students.  Co-meets with PSYCH 6320.   T. J. DeVoogd.  MWF 11:15-12:05.  LocationSurveys the approaches that have been or are currently being used in order to understand the biological bases for learning and memory. Topics include invertebrate, “simple system” approaches, avian song learning, hippocampal and cerebellar function, research using MRI in humans. Many of the readings are from primary literature.

BIONB 3690 - Chemical Ecology
Lec 1721

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.  MWF 11:15-12:05.  LocationWhy are chilies so spicy? This course examines the chemical basis of interactions between species and is intended for students with a basic knowledge of chemistry and biology. Focuses on the ecology and chemistry of plants, animals, and microbes. Stresses chemical signals used in diverse ecosystems, using Darwinian natural selection as a framework. Topics include plant defenses, microbial warfare, communication in marine organisms, and human pheromones.  

BIONB 4140 - Principles of Pharmacology
Lec 3976

3 credits. Letter grades only.  Prerequisite: Animal Physiology (BIOAP 3110) orHuman Anatomy and Physiology ( NS 3410).  G. Weiland, C. Fewtrell, M. Linder.  MWF 2:30-3:20.  LocationUndergraduate course surveying system- and organ-related aspects of pharmacology. Topics include mechanisms of drug action; drug disposition; pharmacokinetics; autonomic pharmacology; pharmacology of inflammation, allergy and platelet function; and endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and renal pharmacology. The course is designed for undergraduate life science majors, particularly those interested in medical or veterinary school.    

BIONB 4300 - Experimental Molecular Neurobiology
Lab 3965

4 credits. Letter grades only.  Prerequisite: BIOMG 3300 or BIOMG 3310. Recommended prerequisite: BIOMG 2801. Enrollment limited to: 16 students. D. L. Deitcher.  The time of Tuesday 9:05 to 11:00 am is required.  The lab is open until 5:00 pm for additional work. Lab 302 WNG. Lec TBDExperiments 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.

BIONB 4310 - Genes and Behavior
Lec 15946

3 credits.  Prerequisite: BIONB 2220. Enrollment limited to: 50 students.  J. R. Fetcho.  TR 2:55-4:10.  LocationOur genes influence how we behave. This lecture course explores the current understanding of how genes influence the behavior of a variety of animals, including humans. Topics include the genetic basis of hearing, movement, learning, memory, intelligence, sexual behavior, aggression, sleep, and diseases of behavior. The focus is on the unprecedented insight that modern molecular and genetic tools are providing into the genetic basis of behavior.   

BIONB 4330 – Topics in Cognitive Science: Towards a new science of language 
Lec 3827

4 credits. Letter grades only.  Prerequisite: COGST 3140 or PSYCH 3140.  S. Edelman.  M 2:00-4:25.  LocationA course examining the core disciplines of cognitive science using varied themes from semester to semester.  See COGST 4310 for details/learning outcomes.

 

BIONB 4350 - Animal Cognition
Lec 15947

4 credits. Letter grades only. Prerequisite: BIONB 2210. Enrollment limited to: 25 students.  T. D. Seeley.  TR 2:30-4:25.  LocationExamination of the mechanisms by which animals acquire, process, store, and act on information from the environment. Topics to be covered include perception, learning, memory, decision-making, with special attention to spatial cognition, numerical cognition, understanding of tool use, and social cognition.

BIONB 4370 - Neural Circuits of Motivated Behavior
Lec 15943

3 credits. Letter grades only. Prerequisite: BIONB 2220.  Enrollment limited to: 25 students.  M. R. Warden.  TR 2:55-4:10.  LocationThis class examines the neural circuits of motivated behavior and reward, and involves the critical reading and discussion of classic and contemporary papers in this subject. Topics include neural processes related to reward, punishment, risk, effort, appetite, aggression, addiction, and depression.

BIONB 4460 – Plant Behavior and Biotic Interactions
Lec 16342

3 credits.  Prerequisite: BIOEE 1610 or permission of instructor.  A. Kessler, T. E. Pawlowska, R. A. Raguso.  MWF 2:30-3:20.  LocationHow do plants respond to herbivore attack? What are the molecular, plant hormonal, metabolic mechanisms of these responses? What ecological consequences do these responses have for the fitness of the plants and their attackers? The course provides an overview of the plant’s myriad responses to herbivores and compares them with responses to pathogens. It gives an introduction to the study of induced plant responses in the lectures as well as practical independent and group-intensive work.

BIONB 4461 – Plant Behavior and Biotic Interactions (Lab)
Lab 16345

1 credit.  Prerequisite or corequisite: BIOEE 4460 or BIONB 4460. Enrollment limited to: 12 students.  A. Kessler, T. E. Pawlowska, R. A. Raguso.  R 2:30-4:25.  LocationLaboratory course covering topics presented in BIOEE 4460/BIONB 4460.

BIONB 4530 - Speciation: Genetics, Ecology, and Behavior 
Lec 16348

4 credits.  Prerequisite: BIOEE 1780 and BIOMG 2800 or equivalents, or permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to: 40 students.  K. Shaw.  TR 10:10-11:25.  LocationAdvanced course in evolutionary biology focusing on the pattern and process of speciation and the nature and origin of behavioral, morphological, physiological, and ecological traits that form the intrinsic barriers to gene exchange. Lecture topics include species concepts and definitions, the history of ideas about speciation, the biological basis of intrinsic barriers to gene exchange, current models for the origin of such barriers, genetic architecture of speciation, rates of speciation. Emphasis is on developing a rigorous conceptual framework for discussing speciation and on detailed analysis of a series of case histories.

BIONB 4910 - Principles of Neurophysiology
Lec 2123; M Lab 2124; T Lab 2125

4 credits.  Prerequisite: BIONB 2220 or written permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to: 28 students. Neurobiology and Behavior concentrators must take class for a letter grade. B. R. Johnson.  Lec MW 10:10-11:00.  Location; Lab M 12:20-4:25 or T 12:20-4:25 CMS B150.  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.

BIONB 7210 - Survey in Neurobiology and Behavior (advanced NBB grad students: TBD. H.K. Reeve, Staff.)
Sem 16201

BIONB 7640 - Plant-Insect Interactions Seminar
Sem 3413

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.  TBD. 
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.

  TOPICS COURSES

BIONB 4200 (001) – Animal Migration, Navigation and Homing: Sensory Aspects
Lec 4903

2 credits.  Letter grades only.  Prerequisite: Prior course in biology.  Enrollment limited to: 12 students.  C. Walcott.  R 8:40-9:55.  LocationIn this class we will consider what cues animals use to orient.  Orientation may be over short distances, like a mite trying to find the ear of a moth, or long distance as in an Arctic tern in its yearly travels.  The exact topics to be considered will depend on the interests of the members of the class. 

BIONB 4200 (002) - Epilepsy
Lec 4975

2 credits.  Prerequisite: BIONB 2220.  Enrollment limited to: 15 students.  D. Deitcher.  R 10:10-11:25.  LocationEpilepsy is a disease affecting 1% of the human population.  It is a complex disease that is influenced by many genes.  This course will explore the genes identified in humans that cause epilepsy, animal model systems to study the disease, and the anti-epileptic drugs used to treat the disorder.  Students will read and present scientific papers and write an original research proposal.

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BIONB 7201 - Research Design in the Study of Animal Social Behavior (Lunch Bunch: T 12:20, CMH W358.  K. Shaw.)                                             Dis 2127

 

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BIONB 7202 - Topics in Neural Basis of Behavior (Journal Club: F 10:30, CMH A305.  J. Fetcho.)                                                             Dis 2128