NEUR121 Fundamentals of Neuroscience

Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics: Neuroscience

I. Course Number and Title
NEUR121 Fundamentals of Neuroscience
II. Number of Credits
4 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
CHEM121 (C or better) or permission of the Social and Behavioral Science Department
V. Other Pertinent Information
Lecture-laboratory format to include in-class presentation of content material and participation in hands-on and/or virtual laboratory exercises. Topics are presented in various modes, including but not limited to, traditional lecture style, group and/or individual laboratory exercises, group activities and discussions, and computer simulations.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course introduces students to the structure and function of the nervous system and the neural foundations of behavior. Topics include cellular components of the nervous system; neuroanatomy; neurophysiology; chemical signaling and neuropharmacology; brain development; behavioral genetics; and the neurobiology of movement, perception, homeostasis, emotion, learning, memory, and cognition.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. explain and apply basic principles of scientific reasoning to the study of brain structure and function;
    2. identify and retrieve neuroscience articles published in the peer-reviewed literature;
    3. evaluate neuroscience articles published in the peer-reviewed literature;
    4. describe the methods used by neuroscientists to study the nervous system; and
    5. demonstrate an understanding of the anatomical organization of the nervous system, electrical and chemical signaling between neurons, and the biological basis of behavior.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. review of scientific reasoning and scientific literacy skills
    2. neurons and glia
    3. the action potential
    4. neurotransmission and neuropharmacology
    5. neuroanatomy and brain imaging techniques
    6. brain development
    7. behavioral genetics
    8. movement
    9. perception
    10. neural regulation of homeostasis
    11. emotion
    12. learning and memory
    13. cognition
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Exams, laboratory exercises and reports, in-class and/or online participation, and/or projects as specified in the individual instructor's course format will be utilized.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

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

Approval/Revision Date: Approved 11/16/2012; New Core 8/2015