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Undergraduate Course Descriptions

NEU 215 - Neuroscience and Society
Critical examination of important societal issues related to neuroscience, including stress, addiction, and sex differences. Comparison of peer-reviewed neuroscientific research and popular press publications.
Summer of every year

NEU 301 - Introduction to Neuroscience I
Survey of the field of neuroscience, including molecular, cellular, and autonomic, sensory and motor systems
Fall of every year

NEU 302 - Introduction to Neuroscience II
Survey of brain-based behavioral and cognitive systems and related human diseases
Spring of every year

NEU 310 - Psychology and Biology of Human Sexuality
Sexual behavior from biological, psychological and neuroscience perspectives. Sexual differentiation of the body. Role of hormones in development and reproduction in humans and other animals. Human sexual orientation. Fertility and contraception. Sexual disorders. Sexually transmitted diseases

NEU 311L - Neuroscience Laboratory (W)
Overview of neuroscience research methodology, including experimental design, data analysis, and presentation of results

NEU 333 - The Neurobiology of Food Intake and Overeating
Physiological and neurological mechanisms that drive food intake and overeating. Vulnerabilities to obesity

NEU 410 - Instrumental Methods of Analysis in Neuroscience

NEU 416 - Development of the Nervous System through the Lifespan
Development of neurons and their connections, with a focus on the roles of both genetics and behavioral experience in shaping the mammalian nervous system

NEU 420 - Neurobiology of Disease
Genetic, molecular, cellular, systems, and behavioral abnormalities that contribute to the manifestation of neurologic and psychiatric diseases and disorders that affect the nervous system

NEU 422 - Fundamentals of Neuropharmacology
Mechanisms and uses of action of drugs on neurons and neuron-controlled activities

NEU 425 - Computational Models in Neuroscience
The aims of this course are to introduce modeling techniques and issues, review successful models, and develop critical thinking about computational models and theories in neuroscience. We will study and experiment with simple models of ionic currents, single cells and small cortical networks. We will study some models of simple animal behaviors. We will then conclude with more complex models for mammalian cognition. Students will learn and work in MATLAB and learn how to use some popular simulation packages such as GENESIS, and will make their own model of a specific dynamic process or behavior for a course project. Students should have some calculus and feel comfortable with formulas and computers. All specific languages and techniques will be taught

NEU 430 - Genomics of Brain and Behavior
Review of Molecular Genetics; Genes Important in Brain Function and Development; Neurogenomic Data and Designing Neurogenomic Studies; Epigenetics and Behavior; Review of Animal and Human Genetics, including odds ratios, heritability, and GWAS studies; Behavioral Genetics in Animal Models; Behavioral and Psychiatric Genetics in Humans; and The Complexity of Human Behavioral Genetics

NEU 435 - Ion Channels of Excitable Membranes
Introduction to ion channels and their critical role in normal physiological functioning, sensory and neuromuscular diseases and disorders, as well as targets of toxins and poisons

NEU 440 - Synaptic Transmission
This course will focus on advance topics in synaptic transmission in the nervous system. The course will be built around lectures given by several faculty and by students enrolled in the class. There will also be journal club type discussions of current research papers focused on the cellular and molecular physiology of synaptic transmission. Grades will be based on student performance on in class discussions, and their own presentations to the class

NEU 445 - Analysis of Functional Neuroscience Data

NEU 492 - Special Topics in Neuroscience
Current topics proposed by faculty that supplement regular course offerings

The Neuroscience Undergraduate Program administrative offices are now located in the Physiology Department:

Biomedical Physical Sciences
567 Wilson Rd., Rm 2201
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 884-5000

Undergraduate Director
Laura Symonds, PhD

Academic Advisor
Kanchan Pavangadkar, PhD

Undergraduate Secretary
Barbara Bird

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