BIO151: Principles of Biology II
The second course in the introductory biology sequence for majors is a study of the relationship of structure and function in plants and animals. Laboratories emphasize the scientific method as a way of knowing. Three class hours and three laboratory hours per week.
BIO250: General Physiology
Study of the concepts and principles that form the basis for understanding the mechanisms of animal physiology. The emphasis of the course is on the interrelationship of physiological processes and how they relate to the biological needs of animals. Three class hours, three laboratory hours.
NSC3XX: Sensory Systems and Behavior
This neuroscience elective focuses on the organizing principles of sensory-processing and how that manifests in particular systems across species. This course uses primary literature, secondary literature, and class discussion to develop students’ ability to learn independently and think critically about the neural substrates of behavior.
NSC311: Neurons and Networks
An exploration of the molecular and cellular foundations of nervous system function. Topics discussed will include the ionic and electrical properties of neurons; the biochemistry of synaptic signaling; structure and function of ion channels and neurotransmitter receptors; neuronal and synaptic plasticity; and the functional regulation of basic neuronal circuits. Research methods of cellular and molecular neuroscience will be introduced through class discussions, relevant primary literature, and laboratory investigations. Three class hours and three laboratory hours per week.
NSC401: Neuroscience Senior Seminar (currently taught on Olfaction)
This course serves as a graduate-style seminar for the senior neuroscience major and will stress reading and discussion of primary texts, independent research writing, and critical analysis of timely issues within the field. Three class hours per week.
FYS: Nurtured by Nature
Is it the scent of fall leaves carried on crisp air, or the unceasing rumble of ocean waves that gives you a moment of pause and peace? Human relationships with nature have been the subject of paintings, prose, and science. This course will take you on a literary exploration across biomes; from the familiar scenes of New England with Henry David Thoreau, to the lush tropics with sea-turtle biologist Archie Carr. We will explore both the art and science of our species’ rapport with the natural world, comparing authors’ depictions of their wilderness affairs with psychological and physiological studies on the relationship between human health and exposure to the outdoors. This exploration will take the form of lived experiences, scholarly readings, in-class writing, and periodic formalized essays.