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Neurophysiology (BIOL-351) - Fall 2022
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.
Being Human in STEM (BIOL-250) - Spring 2023
(Offered as BIO 250, CHEM 250, LLAS 250 and SOCI 250) This is an interactive course that combines academic inquiry and community engagement to investigate identity, inequality and representation within Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields--at Amherst and beyond. We begin the course by grounding our understanding of the STEM experience at Amherst in national and global contexts. We will survey the interdisciplinary literature on the ways in which identity - race, gender, class, ability, sexuality- and geographic context shape STEM persistence and belonging. We will bring this literature into conversation with our own Amherst experiences. These challenging conversations require vulnerability, openness and the ability to tolerate discomfort. We will work from day one to build a brave space whose foundation is trust, accountability and growth. Students will design group projects that apply themes from the literature and our seminar discussions to develop resources and engage the STEM community, whether at the college, local, or national level. Course work includes critical reading and discussion, reflective writing, and collaborative work culminating in community engagement projects which students will share with the campus and the broader public. The class will meet synchronously most days for the remote January term and will also involve asynchronous small group work.
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.
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.
Neurobiology (NEUR-214) - pending...
An introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system. This course explores the basic functions of neurons and synapses as well as neural mechanisms of sensation at molecular, cellular, circuit and system levels. Basic topics in neurobiology and neurophysiology will be covered with an emphasis on neuroscience history and understanding how neuroscientists approach the study of the nervous system. Three class hours per week.

Neurophysiology (BIOL/NEUR-351) - Fall 2022 Neurophysiology

Seminar in Physiology (BIOL-450) - Spring 2022 Physiology Seminar

Being Human in STEM (BIOL-250) - January 2022 HSTEM

Animal Physiology (BIOL-260) - Fall 2021 Animal Physiology

Animal Physiology (BIOL-260) - Spring 2021 Animal Physiology

Being Human in STEM (BIOL-250) - January 2021 HSTEM

Seminar in Physiology (BIOL-450) - Spring 2019 Physiology Seminar

Neurophysiology (BIOL-350/351) - Fall 2018 Neurophysiology

Intro to Neuroscience (NEUR-226) - Spring 2018 Intro to Neuroscience

Neurophysiology (BIOL-350/351) - Fall 2017 Neurophysiology

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