Ian Harrington, Assistant Professor (Psychology),
Erin Stoffel, Assistant Professor (Psychology)
MAJOR IN NEUROSCIENCE 39 credits, including PSYC 100, 240, 246, 248, 349, 452/453; BIOL 255, 358; PHIL 329. Mini-mum of 12 credits electives in at least two departments (BIOL, CHEM, NSCI, PHIL, PSYC, or RELG), with no more than 6 credits from a single department and a minimum of 6 credits at the 300-400 level. Students may take additional electives. Students who complete Senior Inquiry in another major, with a project not related to neuroscience, must substitute an additional 3-credit elective at the 300-400 level for PSYC 452/453. Students who complete Senior Inquiry in another major, with a project related to neuroscience, need no additional coursework. The major requires a minimum of 18 credits at the 300-400 level.
Recommended supporting courses: some or all of the following are recommended for students planning to pursue graduate training in neuroscience and may be required by some graduate programs: CHEM 121-123, 311-313, 411; MATH 219; PHYS 101-103 or 201-203. Please consult with advisor.
PSYC 100 (PS) Introduction to Psychology (3) A survey of psychological approaches to human behavior, emphasizing physiological, cognitive and social processes.
BIOL 200 (PN) General Zoology (3) Survey of animal diversity, including the evolution, phylogeny, natural history, ecology and physiology of the major animal phyla. Includes one two-hour lab weekly.
BIOL 210 Cell Biology (3) Physiology and ultra-structure of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, including a survey of the diversity of unicellular organisms. Emphasis on the molecular mechanisms of cell function, including metabolism, replication, gene expression, cell-cell signaling and cell cycle regulation. Includes one two-hour lab weekly. Prerequisites: BIOL 150 and CHEM 122.
PSYC 240 (Q) Statistics (3) The use of descriptive and inferential statistics, including analysis of variance, in the design of behavioral science research. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Credit may not be earned for more than one of PSYC 240, BUSN 211, COMM 380, and SOC 230. Lab included.
PSYC 246 Research Methods (3) Introduction to the basic logic and design of psychological research, incorporating the statistical procedures from 240 and progressing through more complex statistics using SPSS. Emphasis on the interdependence of experimental design and statistics, illustrated through examination of published research. Prerequisite: PSYC 100, 240 or its equivalent and permission of instructor.
PSYC 248 Brain & Behavior (3) A broad survey of the nervous system and its contributions to a range of behaviors and phenomena including sensation and perception, homeostasis, biological rhythms, emotions, learning and memory, consciousness and psychopathology. Prerequisite: PSYC 100.
BIOL 255 (PN) Anatomy (3) Study of the structure and three-dimensional relationships of the human body. Includes one two-hour lab weekly.
PHIL 311 (PP) History and Philosophy of Science (3) Study of key episodes in the history of science, with a focus on methods, philosophical assumptions and conceptual and empirical breakthroughs. Readings from: Plato, Aristotle, Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Darwin, Einstein, Heisenberg.
PHIL 312 (PS, Q) Decision and Game Theory (3) Introduction to decision theory and game theory, the nature of probability and utility and their use in decision-making. Examination of puzzle cases where different approaches to decision-making yield different results, and the difference (if any) between decisions, where one agent acts, and games, where the result depends on decisions by multiple agents.
PHIL 318 (PH) Philosophy of Language (3) Selected issues raised by theories of language: the relation of language to the world, meaning and reference, necessity, the language of evaluation and interpretation, ordinary and ideal languages, language games and linguistic acts.
PSYC 318 Drugs & Behavior (3) Introduction to basic pharmacological principles and how drugs impact the central nervous system. Focus on cellular and behavioral effects of drugs of abuse (stimulants, anal-gesics, hallucinogens) and psychotherapeutic drugs (anti-depressants, ADHD medications). Course will cover other related issues, such as drug abuse and addiction, and how long and short-term drug use affects learning and decision-making. Prerequisite: PSYC 248 or permission of instructor.
RELG 326 (PH) Medical Ethics (3) Exploration of issues at the intersection of medicine and ethics, including euthanasia, abortion, cloning, stem cell research, experimentation on human subjects, and access to health care, with special attention to Christian perspectives.
PHIL 329 (PH) Philosophy of Mind (3) Selected issues raised by theories of mind and conscious-ness: the mental and the physical, freedom of the will, the nature of persons and personal identity, theories of perception and action.
BIOL 339 Animal Behavior (3) Study of how and why animals behave from the perspectives of genetics, development, physiology and evolution. Includes one two-hour lab weekly. Prerequisites: BIOL 200, 210.
PSYC 342 (I) Cognition (3) Experimental and theoretical aspects of human learning and cognition. Topics include human learning and memory, attention, organization of knowledge, comprehension and problem solving. Practical application to knowledge acquired. Prerequisite: PSYC 246. Lab included.
PSYC 343 (I) Sensation & Perception (3) Current research and theory related to sensory and perceptual processes. Prerequisite: 246. Lab included.
PSYC 347 (I) Learning (3) Current research and theoretical issues on reinforcement, punishment, extinction, generalization, discrimination learning and motivation. Prerequisite: 246. Lab included.
PSYC 349 Physiological Psychology (3) Advanced topics and issues in physiological psychology and behavioral neuroscience. Prerequisite: 248 or permission of instructor.
BIOL 354 Histology (3) The microscopic and ultramicroscopic structure of human cells, tissues and organs correlated with function and development. Includes two two-hour labs weekly. Prerequisite: BIOL 255 or permission of instructor.
BIOL 358 Neuroanatomy (3) The structure and three-dimensional relationships of the central and peripheral nervous systems of humans, correlated with normal and abnormal function. Prerequisite: BIOL 255 or permission of instructor.
BIOL 360 Comparative Physiology (3) A comparative study and broad overview of physiological systems and adaptations among diverse animals from mechanical, morphological and cellular perspectives. One two-hour lab per week. Credit may not be earned in both BIOL 360 and BIOL 362. Prerequisites: BIOL 200, 210.
BIOL 370 Genetics (3) Basic genetic principles of heredity and variation, including transmission genetics, cytogenetics, molecular genetics and population genetics. Includes one two-hour lab weekly. Prerequisite: BIOL 210.
PSYC 452 Senior Inquiry: Research I (1) Literature review and research proposal in a selected area of psychology in preparation for 453 to be taken in the term immediately following 452. Prerequisites: junior standing and permission of instructor.
PSYC 453 Senior Inquiry: Research II (2) Students are required to carry out the research proposal prepared in 452. Includes oral presentation of results to a departmental audience at the end of the term. Prerequisites: 452 and permission of instructor. Must be taken in the term immediately following completion of 452.