BIO 443: Neurobiology
This course covers the broad area of neuroscience – at both the peripheral and central level –and integrates these themes within an evolutionary framework, from invertebrates to vertebrates. We will explore general concepts of cellular neuronal signaling and circuit connectivity, with an emphasis on how simple neuronal circuits produce behavior and behavioral variability.
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Describe the structure and function of the nervous system across various levels of biological organization.
- Know the location, appearance, and basic functions of the major mammalian brain regions and systems.
- Understand the molecular basis of major neurobiological functions.
- Trace key neural circuits of the sensory and motor systems.
- Evaluate the neurobiological basis of higher functions, such as learning and memory.
- Describe how the brain has evolved across broadly divergent taxa, from invertebrates to vertebrates, and how this relates to cognitive function and behavioral flexibility.
I primarily teach BIO 443 in the Spring semester - you can check out the most recent syllabus here.