• Advanced Neurophysiology (NSCI 467/627) - Next offering: Fall 2016

    This course explores the cellular and molecular basis of signal transmission in the brain. The content will include in-depth coverage of neurophysiology at all levels of analysis from the single ion channel to neural circuits, with emphasis on how these circuits mediate specific behaviors.

  • Spatial cognition (NSCI 436/636) - Next offering: Spring 2017

    This seminar will focus on the brain mechanisms that allow us to acquire information about our environment and use that information to navigate in space. Our focus will be on the neurophysiological correlates of spatial memory in structures such as the hippocampus and the entorhinal cortex in both animal models and human subjects. In this course, you will gain an in-depth understanding of the brain mechanisms of spatial cognition while developing your critical thinking, oral communication and writing skills.

  • Zen and the Brain (PSYC 167) - Next offering: Winter 2017

    This course will examine the intersection between neuroscience and Zen Buddhism. How does neuroscience help support Buddhist teachings and practice? How does meditation affect brain fucntion? This discussion-based class will explore the neurological roots of happiness, empathy, and compassion.

  • Introduction to Neuroscience (NSCI/PSYC 320)

    The goal of this course is to introduce you to the major topics within the field of neuroscience. We will start by covering the basics of how nerve cells function and communicate. Then, we will build upon this foundation by discussing the brain mechanisms of sensory perception and complex behaviors such as movement, learning, reproduction, and sleep. Finally, we will cover disorders of the nervous system. This course will not only lay the foundation for advanced courses in neuroscience, but more importantly, will help you to gain a better understanding of the brain involvement in behavior.

  • Integrative Neuroscience (NSCI 629)

    This is the first of a two-semester course for graduate students and senior undergraduates. The overall aim of the course is to integrate current views on the different systems of the brain with the functions they support. Integrative Neuroscience I will cover neuroanatomy, sensory and motor systems and the functional organization of cortical and subcortical areas, in each case examining how the specific structure and cellular interconnections of each system determine function. The course will actively engage students in critical thinking about neuroscience and enhance their writing and presentation skills.