PSYC230 Neuroscience of Psychology

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Psychology

I. Course Number and Title
PSYC230 Neuroscience of Psychology
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
PSYC110 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course focuses on biological contributions to behavior. Instruction encompasses teachings regarding introduction to the structure and function of the nervous systems, as well as psychological topics, including but not limited to, emotions, stress, sleep, substance use and abuse, learning, memory, and psychological disorders.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. identify neuroanatomical structures and corresponding functions;
    2. distinguish neurotransmitter effects on behavior;
    3. discriminate brain structures and activity in relation to behavior; and
    4. analyze neuroscience research studies and findings.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. evolution, genetics and experience
    2. research methodology
    3. neural structures and functions
    4. drugs, addictions and treatments
    5. emotions, stress and health
    6. sleep
    7. learning
    8. memory
    9. psychological disorders
    10. current directions in neuroscience
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Exams, quizzes, classroom exercises, class or on-line participation, and/or projects as specified in the individual instructor's course format will be utilized. A minimum of four (4) examinations will be given.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Students use educational resources as specified in the individual instructor's syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 7/2010; New Core 8/2015