Neuroscience and Behavioral Science

NEUROSCIENCE AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE 201: FOUNDATIONS OF BEHAVIOR (SNT)

TBA. Credit, Three hours. This course presents an introduction to evolutionary processes and biological bases of behavior. Examples drawn especially from humans and nonhuman primates will be used to place human behavior in the context of other species and to illustrate the dual inheritance of biology and culture in our species.

NEUROSCIENCE AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE 202: INTRODUCTION TO NEUROETHOLOGY (SNT)

TBA. Credit, Three hours. Students will learn basic principles of neuronal function, as well as how evolution has produced specializations in neural circuits in various invertebrate and vertebrate animals that allow them to do unique things in the natural world. Such comparative approaches not only help students understand how studies of neural specializations across species underlie behavioral diversity in the world around us, but also how to extrapolate generalities about how nervous systems organize behavior by identifying common operating principles in those mechanisms. (Cross-listed with Psychology 202)

NEUROSCIENCE AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE 304: HORMONES AND BEHAVIOR (SNTL)

TBA. Credit, Four hours. Prerequisite: Psychology 110 or equivalent transfer credit as prerequisite. A lab course focused on the relationships between hormones, brain function, and behavior, as well as the techniques used to investigate them. In the lab students will design, run, and report novel experiments using fish that answer questions about how hormones influence social behavior. (Cross-listed with Psychology 304)