First Year Courses

The Graduate Group offers as much flexibility as possible to students as they develop their scientific interests, while emphasizing the development of students into well-rounded neuroscientists. The required first-year core course is designed to provide a survey of the major issues and techniques in modern neuroscience, from molecules to cognition. In their second year, students are encouraged to build on their core neuroscience foundation by taking upper level graduate elective courses and specialty courses offered at other universities. Individual course selections are arranged in consultation with the Graduate Group Master Advisor in the first year, and then with the student's thesis advisor thereafter. Formal course work is usally finished by the end of the second year.

NSC 221 - Cellular Neurophysiology Lecture - 3 hours, Discussion - 1 hour. 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. Fall. Instructors: Burns, Chen, Fioravante, Gray

NSC 201 - Neuroanatomy Lecture - 2 hours, Lab/Discussion - 1 hour. Lectures, demonstrations, and dissections emphasizing functional significance of neuroanatomy from a biological perspective, with comparisons between human and non-human brains. Emphasis placed on funtional anatomyof the nervous system, integrated with cellular, molecular, cognitive and developmental concepts. Fall. Instructors: TBD

NSC 222 - Systems Neuroscience Lecture - 4 hours, Discussion - 1 hour. Advanced course covering the 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. Winter. Instructors: Ditterich, DeBello, Usrey

NSC 223 - Cognitive Neuroscience Lecture - 3 hours, Discussion - 1 hour. Neurobiological bases of higher mental function including attention, memory, language. Spring. Instructors: Swaab

NSC 224A - Molecular Neuroscience Lecture - 2 hours. 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. Spring. Instructors: Cheng, Diaz, Murray

NSC 224B - Developmental Neuroscience Lecture - 2 hours. Continuation of NSC 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. Spring. Instructors: Cheng, Diaz, Murray

NSC 298 - Responsible Conduct of Research Ethical Lecture Series Seminar - 2 hours/week. Advanced seminar composed of a short series of lectures and discussions focusing on key topics on ethics and responsible research. Each year dynamic speakers are invited to cover topics that are particularly relevant and current to the ethical conduct of research. All students, faculty, and postdoctoral fellows are expected to participate, to learn, and to provide insight into the impact of these issuess on their own careers.

One NSC Journal Club of student's choice.