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Courses in Neuroscience (NSC)

Upper Division

160. Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology (3)

Lecture—1.5 hours; discussion—1.5 hours. Prerequisite: Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior 100, Biological Sciences 101 and consent of instructor. Selected topics in neurobiology. Topics include channel biophysics, action potential propagation, intracellular signal transduction pathways, synaptic physiology and quantal analysis, cellular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity, and neuromodulation of synaptic circuitry. (Same course as Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior 160.) GE credit: VL.—S. (S.) Burns

Graduate

200LA. Laboratory Methods in Neurobiology (6)

Laboratory—18 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing in the Neuroscience Graduate Group. Individual research in the laboratory of a faculty member. Research problems emphasize the use of contemporary methods and good experimental design. May be repeated three times for credit. (S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

200LB. Laboratory Methods in Neurobiology (3)

Laboratory—9 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing in the Neuroscience Graduate Group. Individual research in the laboratory of a faculty member. Research problems emphasize the use of contemporary methods and good experimental design. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

201. Neuroanatomy (3)

Lecture—2 hours; laboratory/discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Limited enrollment. Mix of lectures, demonstrations, and dissections, emphasizing functional significance of neuroanatomy from a biological perspective, with comparisons between human and non-human brains. Emphasis placed on functional anatomy of the nervous system, integrated with cellular, molecular, cognitive, and developmental concepts.—F. (F.) Amaral

211. Advanced Topics in Neuroimaging (2)

Seminar—2 hours. Prerequisite: Psychology 210 or consent of instructor. Restricted to 16 students. Critical presentation and discussion of the most influential advanced issues in neuroimaging, emphasizing fMRI design/analysis and the integration of fMRI with EEG/MEG. (Same course as Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior 211 and Psychology 211.) (S/U grading only.)—W. (W.) Miller

220. How to Give a Scientific Seminar (3)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Presentation of effective seminars. Student presentations of selected neuroscience topics in seminar format. Must be taken in two consecutive quarters. Offered in alternate years.—F, S. (F, S.) DeBello, McAllister

221. Cellular Neurophysiology (4)

Lecture—4.5 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Physiological aspects of cellular and subcellular organization of the nervous system. Neuronal cell biology, the structure and function of ion channels, electrical excitability, signaling cascades, sensory transduction and, mechanisms of synaptic transmission, and the cellular basis of learning and memory.—F. (F.) Burns, Chen

222. Systems Neuroscience (5)

Lecture—4 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Integrative and information-processing aspects of nervous system organization. Topics include sensory systems, motor function, sensorimotor integration, the limbic system, and the neurobiology of learning and memory. (Same course as Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior 222.)—W. (W.) DeBello, Ditterich, Usrey

223. Cognitive Neuroscience (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: graduate student standing in Psychology or Neuroscience or consent of instructor. Graduate core course for neuroscience. Neurobiological bases of higher mental function including attention, memory, language. One of three in three-quarter sequence. (Same course as Psychology 261.)—S. (S.) Swaab

224A. Molecular and Developmental Neurobiology (2)

Lecture/discussion—2 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Key issues in developmental and molecular neurobiology. Discussion emphasis on critical evaluation of the experiments and methods described in research papers. Readings of seminal, primary research papers, reviews, and book chapters. Reading materials will be distributed one week in advance.—W. (W.) Cheng, Diaz

224B. Molecular and Developmental Neurobiology (2)

Lecture/discussion—2 hours. Prerequisite: course 224A or consent of instructor. Continuation of course 224A. Key issues in developmental and molecular neurobiology, focusing on developmental topics. Discussion emphasis on critical evaluation of experiments and methods described in associated literature. Offered in alternate years.—S. Cheng, Diaz

225. Translational Research in the Neurobiology of Disease (2)

Lecture—1 hour; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: Past or concurrent enrollment in Neuroscience courses 221, 222, 223, or permission of instructor; restricted to current graduate student enrollment or permission of instructor. This course will provide an overview of major neuropsychiatric and neurological disorders from both the clinical and fundamental science perspectives. Offered in alternate years.—W. Carter, McAllister

226. Molecular and Developmental Neurobiology (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Introduction to molecular and developmental neurobiology. Topics range from neurulation to development of sensory systems and include modern molecular methods and their application in developmental neuroscience.—W. (W.) McAllister

243. Topics in Cellular and Behavioral Neurobiology (2)

Discussion—1 hour; seminar—1 hour. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. An advanced examination of several current problems in neurobiology. Topics will vary in different years; may be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.)—S. (S.) Ishida

247. Topics in Functional Neurogenomics (2)

Lecture—1 hour; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. The theory, methods and principles of functional neurogenomics with emphasis on the relationship to molecular mechanisms involved in development and disease of the nervous system. (Same course as Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior 247.) Offered in alternate years.—W. Choudary

250. Biology of Neuroglia (2)

Lecture/discussion—1.5 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. The properties and functions of non-neuronal or neuroglial cells in the mammalian central nervous system with relevance to neuronal development, physiology and injury response. Offered in alternate years. (S/U grading only.)—S.

261A. Topics in Vision: Eyes and Retinal Mechanisms (2)

Lecture/discussion—2 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior 100 or 112 or the equivalent. Structure and function of the visual system, with emphasis on the eye and retina, including optics, anatomy, transduction, retinal synapses, adaptation, and parallel processing. (Same course as Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior 261A and Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology 261A.) (S/U grading only.) Offered in alternate years.—F. Ishida

261B. Topics in Vision: Systems, Psychophysics, Computational Models (2)

Lecture/discussion—2 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor, course 261A recommended. Functions of the central visual pathways and their underlying mechanisms. Recent research on aspects of anatomy, biochemistry, electrophysiology, psychophysics, development, and genetics of the visual system. (Same course as Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior 261B and Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology 261B.) (S/U grading only.) Offered in alternate years.—W. Britten

261C. Topics in Vision: Clinical Vision Science (2)

Lecture/discussion—2 hours. Prerequisite: courses 261A and 261B, or consent of instructor. Causes and mechanistic bases of major blinding diseases. Recent research on aspects of anatomy, biochemistry, electrophysiology, psychophysics, development, and genetics of the visual system related to disease. (Same course as Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior 261C and Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology 261C.) (S/U grading only.) Offered in alternate years.—S. Werner

267. Computational Neuroscience (5)

Lecture—4 hours; lecture/laboratory—3 hours. Prerequisite: one course in general neuroscience at the level of course 100; one year college-level Calculus at level of Math 16A, B, C; one year Physics at the level of Physics 7A, B, C, strongly recommended; students from other departments should contact the instructor. Mathematical models and data analysis techniques used to describe computations performed by nervous systems. Lecture topics include single-neuron biophysics, neural coding, network dynamics, memory, plasticity, and learning. Lab topics include programming mathematical models and data analysis techniques in MATLAB. Offered in alternate years. (Same course as Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior 267.)—(F.) Goldman

283. Neurobiological Literature (1)

Seminar—1 hour. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Critical presentation and analysis of recent journal articles in neurobiology. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.) 

284. Development of Sensory Systems (1)

Seminar—1 hour. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Presentation and discussion of recent literature on the development of sensory systems. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.)—F, S. (F, S.) Cheng

285. Literature in Visual Neuroscience (2)

Seminar—2 hours. Critical presentation and discussion of current literature in visual neuroscience. (Same course as Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior 285.) May be repeated for credit if topic differs. (S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.) Britten, Goldman, Usrey

287A. Topics in Theoretical Neuroscience (2)

Seminar—2 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. In-depth exploration of topics in theoretical neuroscience. Topic varies each year. Fall quarter (287A): foundational material from books and review articles. Spring quarter (287B): continuation of year's topic through readings of seminal articles from the primary literature. May be repeated for credit. (Same course as Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior 287A.) (S/U grading only.)—(F.) Ditterich, Goldman

287B. Topics in Theoretical Neuroscience (2)

Seminar—2 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. In-depth exploration of topics in theoretical neuroscience. Topic varies each year. Fall quarter (287A): foundational material from books and review articles. Spring quarter (287B): continuation of year's topic through readings of seminal articles from the primary literature. May be repeated for credit. (Same Course as Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior 287B.) (S/U grading only.)—S. (S.) Ditterich, Goldman

289. Topics in Molecular and Developmental Neurobiology (2)

Seminar—2 hours. Analysis and discussion of seminal and current research papers in molecular and developmental neurobiology. Different topics will be covered each quarter. In the past topics have included, "Synaptic vesicle dynamics," "Neuronal polarity," and "Glutamate receptors." May be repeated ten times for credit when topic differs. (S/U grading only.)—F, S. (F, S.) Diaz, Zito

290C. Research Conference in Neurobiology (1)

Discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: graduate standing in Neuroscience or consent of instructor; course 299 (concurrently). Presentation and discussion of faculty and graduate student research in neurobiology. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

292. Cortical Plasticity and Perception (2)

Lecture/discussion—2 hours. Prerequisite: Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior 100 or 112 or equivalent or consent of instructor. Examination of research articles on cortical plasticity and changes in perception. Examples drawn from studies of the somatosensory, visual, auditory, and motor cortex. Offered in alternate years. (S/U grading only.)—(W.)

298. Group Study (1-5)

(S/U grading only.)

299. Research (1-12)

(S/U grading only.)

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