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Neurophysiology (BIOL-351) - Fall 2017
This course provides a deeper understanding of the physiological properties of the nervous system. We address the mechanisms underlying electrical activity in neurons, as well as examine the physiology of synapses; the transduction and integration of sensory information; the function of nerve circuits; the trophic and plastic properties of neurons; and the relationship between neuronal activity and behavior. Laboratories apply electrophysiological methods to examine neuronal activity and include experimental design as well as analysis and presentation of collected data. Throughout the course, we focus on past and current neurophysiology research and how it contributes to the field of neuroscience. Three classroom hours and three hours of laboratory work per week.
Intro to Neuroscience (NEUR-226) - Spring 2018
An introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system, this course explores the neural basis of behavior at the cellular and systems levels. Basic topics in neurobiology, neuroanatomy, and physiological psychology are covered with an emphasis on understanding how neuroscientists approach the study of the nervous system. Four class hours and four hours of laboratory per week. Professors Baird and Trapani.
Animal Physiology (BIOL-260) - pending...
This course examines the function of tissues, organs, and organ systems, with an emphasis on the relationship between structure and function. Building outward from the level of the cell, we study bodily processes including respiration, circulation, digestion and excretion. In addition, the course addresses how different organisms regulate these complex processes and how ion and fluid balance is maintained. We also study the nervous system in the context of sensory systems, focusing on how external stimuli are transformed into meaningful neuronal signals and processed by the brain. Weekly discussions include readings from primary literature.
Seminar in Physiology (BIOL-450) - pending...
Concentrating on reading and interpreting primary research, this course focuses on classic and soon-to-be classic neurophysiology papers. We discuss the seminal experiments performed in the 1950's that led to our understanding of action potentials; experiments in the 1960's and 1970's that unlocked how synapses function; and more recent research that combines electrophysiology with optical methods and genetic techniques to investigate the role of many of the molecular components predicted by the work from the earlier decades. Assignments include written reviews of literature as well as oral presentations.

Seminar in Physiology (BIOL-450) - Spring 2017 Physiology Seminar

Animal Physiology (BIOL-260) - Spring 2017 Intro to Neuroscience

Neurophysiology (BIOL-351) - Fall 2016 Intro to Neuroscience

Intro to Neuroscience (NEUR-226) - Spring 2016 Intro to Neuroscience

Intro to Neuroscience (NEUR-226) - Spring 2014 Intro to Neuroscience

Neurophysiology (BIOL-351) - Fall 2013 Neurophysiology

Seminar in Physiology (BIOL-450) - Spring 2013 Physiology Seminar

Animal Physiology (BIOL-260) - Spring 2013 Animal Physiology

Neurophysiology (BIOL-351) - Fall 2012 Neurophysiology

Intro to Neuroscience (NEUR-226) - Spring 2012 Intro to Neuroscience

Animal Physiology (BIOL-260) - Fall 2011 Animal Physiology