(Offered as BIOL 350 and NEUR 350) This course will provide a deeper understanding of the physiological properties of the nervous system. We will 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 will apply electrophysiological methods to examine neuronal activity and will include experimental design as well as analysis and presentation of collected data. Throughout the course, we will focus on past and current neurophysiology research and how it contributes to the field of neuroscience. Three classroom lecture hours, plus a fourth discussion hour to be used for group work, paper presentations, and review sessions.
Requisites: BIOL 191 and CHEM 151; PHYS 117 or 124 is recommended. Limited to 15 students. Open to juniors and seniors. Admission with consent of the instructor. Fall semester. Professor Trapani.
If Overenrolled: If the lab course does not reach 15, then over-enrolled students will be admitted to bring total to 30. Priority will first be given to seniors that require the course to graduate.
Attention to Research, Attention to Writing, Quantitative Reasoning