(Offered as BIOL 301 and NEUR 301) An analysis of the molecules and molecular mechanisms underlying nervous system function, development, and disease. We will explore the proteins that contribute to the unique structure and function of neurons, including an in-depth analysis of synaptic communication and the molecular processes that modify synapses. We will also study the molecular mechanisms that control brain development, from neurogenesis, neurite growth, and synaptogenesis to cell death and degeneration. In addition to analyzing neural function, throughout the course we will also study nervous system dysfunction resulting when such molecular mechanisms fail, leading to neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disease. Readings from primary literature will emphasize current molecular techniques utilized in the study of the nervous system. Four classroom hours and three hours of laboratory per week.
Requisite: BIOL 214 or BIOL 260 and CHEM 161/CHEM 165. Limited to 18 students. Spring semester. Professor Sally Kim.
If Overenrolled: Priority will first be given to biology and neuroscience seniors who require the course to graduate and then to junior biology and neuroscience majors followed by senior and junior BCBP majors and then by class year or instructor consent.
Attention to Research, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing, Community Based Learning, Lab Science Course, Quantitative Reasoning