Neuroscience in Health and Disease
This course is expected to run but has not yet been scheduled.
Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, and networks of nerve cells, or neurons, that travel throughout the body. Although the field of neuroscience is relatively new, being recognized only in recent decades as a formal discipline, it is growing and expanding at a very rapid rate. The rapid growth of neuroscience and the pace of biomedical research make understanding neuroscience valuable for any student interested in biomedical or health sciences. Moreover, because neuroscience integrates biology, chemistry, physics, physiology, and psychology, it provides various avenues of opportunities for students who come from different academic backgrounds or interests.
This course will teach basic science principles of how the nervous system functions normally and what goes wrong in neurological and psychiatric disorders. Completion of this course will provide students with a comprehensive and solid foundation for the field of neuroscience, which they can use to pursue more advanced sub-specialties within the field.
The course will begin by teaching the organization of the nervous system and the basic neuroanatomy of the brain and spinal cord. We will learn how nerves work, how they talk to each other through electrochemical signals, and how different drugs can affect this process. Then we will explore the sensory system, such as vision, hearing, and touch. We will address questions such as “Where do emotions come from in the brain?” and “How does my brain learn and remember information?” We will explore what goes wrong with the nervous system in many neurological disorders or injuries, such as stroke, seizures, Parkinson’s disease, Autism, and Alzheimer’s Disease. We will also learn the neurobiological basis of mental health disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression. Finally, we will end the course by discussing various avenues for studying neuroscience such as Cognitive Neurobiology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Neurophysiology, Neuroimaging, or Clinical Neuroscience.
Completion of a high school biology course is required and it is highly recommended that students have also taken chemistry.