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Introduction to Neuroscience

Course enrollment will be available for this course once it is scheduled.

Course Description

Our brain is the most complex and fascinating structure in the universe. It is the only organ within the body that controls all of our sensations, emotions and movements. It allows us to have thoughts about our day, and hopes and dreams about the future. But how does the brain accomplish such a task?

This course will provide an introductory survey of the concepts and methods in neuroscience ranging from the anatomy of the nervous system, subdivisions of the brain, and how different regions ultimately give rise to the qualities that we consider human. We will begin our discussion with the building blocks of the nervous system: neurons and glial cells, followed by a discussion of the four brain lobes and their associated functions.

In addition, we will also examine a number of neurological disorders that result from drugs and injury to the brain. In this portion of the class, students will also get the opportunity to conduct their own research in a topic of their choosing. This will involve conducting a literature search, referencing data, and preparing a written or oral presentation of the work. Lectures will be augmented with small group discussions, games, as well as in-class videos that provide a holistic understanding of a number of these disorders.

While the purpose of this course is to introduce you to the various functions and structures that make up the human brain, these concepts will ultimately provide a foundation for further study in neuroscience, methods necessary in conducting research, as well as the principles that currently guide investigation in the field.

While it is not necessary, students should have a good understanding of basic human biology prior to enrolling in this course.

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