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BIONB 1220 : FWS: Special Topics in Neurobiology and Behavior
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
The First-Year Writing Seminar is about introducing concepts in neuroscience and behavior and writing extensively about them. Topics vary by section.
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BIONB 1220 : FWS: Special Topics in Neurobiology and Behavior
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
The First-Year Writing Seminar is about introducing concepts in neuroscience and behavior and writing extensively about them. Topics vary by section.
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BIONB 2210 : Neurobiology and Behavior I: Introduction to Behavior
Crosslisted as: BIONB 2210, BIONB 2210 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
General introduction to the field of animal behavior. Topics include evolution and behavior, behavioral ecology, sociobiology, chemical ecology, communication, orientation and navigation. BioNB2210 website
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BIONB 2220 : Neurobiology and Behavior II: Introduction to Neuroscience
Crosslisted as: BIONB 2220, BIONB 2220 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
An introduction to neuroscience: the structure and function of the nervous system of humans and other animals. Topics include the cellular and molecular basis for cell signaling, the functions of neurons in communication and in decision making; neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, sensory systems, motor systems, neural development, learning and memory, and other complex brain functions. The course will emphasize how the nervous system is built during development, how it changes with experiences during life, how it functions in normal behavior, and how it is disrupted by injury and disease. Discussion sections will include a dissection of a preserved sheep brain. BioNB2220 website
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BIONB 3215 : Gender and the Brain
Crosslisted as: FGSS 3210, LGBT 3210 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
In this course, we will delve into the neuroscience of gender difference. Reading the original scientific papers and related critical texts, we will ask whether we can find measureable physical differences in male and female brains, and what these differences might be. Do men and women solve spatial puzzles differently, as measured physiologically? Do nonhuman animals display sex-specific behaviors mediated by brain structure, and can we extrapolate these findings to human behavior? Why are boys three times more likely than girls to be diagnosed as autistic, and is there any connection between the predominantly male phenomenon of autism and other stereotypically male mental traits? Are there physical representations of sexual orientation in the brain, and how are these related to gender identity? And how are scientific studies represented and misrepresented in popular debate?
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BIONB 3220 : Hormones and Behavior
Crosslisted as: PSYCH 3220, PSYCH 7220 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Covers comparative and evolutionary approaches to the study of the relationship between reproductive hormones and sexual behavior in vertebrates, including humans. Also hormonal contributions to other social behavior (parental behavior, aggression, mating systems), stress, learning and memory, and biological rhythms.
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BIONB 3240 : Biopsychology Laboratory
Crosslisted as: PSYCH 3240, PSYCH 6240 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course is designed to provide an introduction to experimental research on the neural basis of behavior and cognition in animals.  Topics will include basic neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, neural and hormonal control of behavior, and learning and memory.  Students will gain extensive hands on experience with a variety of laboratory techniques, and animal species, and behaviors.
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BIONB 3280 : Biopsychology of Learning and Memory
Crosslisted as: PSYCH 3320 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Surveys the approaches that have been or are currently being used in order to understand the biological bases for learning and memory. Topics include invertebrate, "simple system" approaches, avian song learning, hippocampal and cerebellar function, research using MRI in humans. Many of the readings are from primary literature.
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BIONB 3690 : Chemical Ecology
Crosslisted as: BIOEE 3690, ENTOM 3690 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Why are chilies so spicy? This course examines the chemical basis of interactions between species and is intended for students with a basic knowledge of chemistry and biology. Focuses on the ecology and chemistry of plants, animals, and microbes. Stresses chemical signals used in diverse ecosystems, using Darwinian natural selection as a framework. Topics include plant defenses, microbial warfare, communication in marine organisms, and human pheromones.
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BIONB 3920 : Drugs and the Brain
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Introduction to neuropharmacology, with an emphasis on the neural mechanisms of psychoactive drugs. Topics include a brief introduction to neuropharmacology and a discussion of the major neurotransmitter families. The rest of the course covers the major psychoactive drugs, including cocaine, heroin, psychedelics, marijuana, and alcohol, as well as pharmaceuticals for the treatment of anxiety, schizophrenia, and depression. Includes a term paper in the form of a grant proposal to study a current problem in neuropharmacology. The course will use i-Clickers, which the students should have before the first class. BioNB3920 website
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BIONB 4140 : Principles of Pharmacology
Crosslisted as: BIOAP 4140, BIOMS 4140 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Undergraduate course surveying system- and organ-related aspects of pharmacology. Topics include mechanisms of drug action; drug disposition; pharmacokinetics; autonomic pharmacology; pharmacology of inflammation, allergy and platelet function; and endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and renal pharmacology. The course is designed for undergraduate life science majors, particularly those interested in medical or veterinary school.
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BIONB 4200 : Topics in Neurobiology and Behavior
Crosslisted as: MUSIC 1212 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Courses on selected topics in neurobiology and behavior; can include lecture and seminar courses. Topics vary by section.
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BIONB 4200 : Topics in Neurobiology and Behavior
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Courses on selected topics in neurobiology and behavior; can include lecture and seminar courses. Topics vary by section.
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BIONB 4260 : Animal Communication
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Communication is the "glue" that holds societies together. This course examines how and why animals communicate. Topics include the role of the environment in shaping animal signals, whether animals tell the truth to each other, why some bird songs are simple and others complex, and what kinds of signals might be exchanged between species.
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BIONB 4300 : Experimental Molecular Neurobiology
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Experiments include PCR, immunoprecipitations, western blots, RNAi, antibody staining, optogenetics, and behavioral assays. Experiments emphasize how molecular techniques can be applied to studying neurobiological problems and will culminate in designing your own experiments.
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BIONB 4330 : Topics in Cognitive Science
Crosslisted as: COGST 4310, PSYCH 4320 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
A course examining the core disciplines of cognitive science using varied themes from semester to semester.
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BIONB 4330 : Topics in Cognitive Science
Crosslisted as: COGST 4310, COML 4228, PSYCH 4320 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
A course examining the core disciplines of cognitive science using varied themes from semester to semester.
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BIONB 4460 : Plant Behavior and Biotic Interactions, Lecture
Crosslisted as: BIOEE 4460, PLSCI 4460 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
How do plants respond to antagonists, such as herbivores and pathogens? What are the checks and balances that keep mutualist organisms in their tight interactions? How are symbioses organized on molecular, metabolic and ecological levels? What are the molecular, plant hormonal, and metabolic mechanisms mediating plant biotic interactions with other organisms? What ecological and evolutionary consequences do these interactions have for the fitness of the plants and their interactors? This course provides an overview of plants' myriad interactions with antagonists and mutualists, from microbes to multicellular organisms, and explains the underlying ecological and evolutionary concepts. It gives an introduction to the study of induced plant responses in the light of a behavioral biology framework.            
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BIONB 4461 : Plant Behavior and Biotic Interactions, Laboratory
Crosslisted as: BIOEE 4461, PLSCI 4461 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Laboratory course covering topics presented in BIOEE 4460/BIONB 4460/PLSCI 4460.
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BIONB 4550 : Molecular and Neural Basis of Decision Making
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course will examine the neural and molecular mechanisms of decision making across a variety of animal species and humans. The course involves the critical reading and discussion of classic and contemporary papers in this subject. Topics will include the neural mechanisms of motivation, attention, working memory, risk taking and neuroeconomics.
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BIONB 4910 : Principles of Neurophysiology
Crosslisted as: BME 4910, ECE 4910 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Laboratory-oriented course designed to teach the concepts and tools of cellular neurophysiology through hands-on experience with extracellular and intracellular electrophysiological techniques, and computer acquisition and analysis of laboratory results. Students explore signal transmission in the nervous system by examining the cellular basis of resting and action potentials, and synaptic transmission. Lecture time is used to review nervous system physiology, introduce laboratory exercises, discuss lab results and primary research papers, and for presentation of additional experimental preparations and methods. Invertebrate preparations are used as model systems. BioNB4910 website
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BIONB 4980 : Teaching Experience
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Designed to give qualified undergraduate students teaching experience through actual involvement in planning and assisting in biology courses.  This experience may include supervised participation in a discussion group, assisting in a biology laboratory, assisting in field biology, or tutoring.
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BIONB 4980 : Teaching Experience
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Designed to give qualified undergraduate students teaching experience through actual involvement in planning and assisting in biology courses.  This experience may include supervised participation in a discussion group, assisting in a biology laboratory, assisting in field biology, or tutoring.
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BIONB 7201 : Research Design in the Study of Animal Social Behavior
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
A weekly journal club-style discussion. Graduate students may be expected to present a summary of their research or a summary of research in the literature related to their thesis once per year.
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BIONB 7201 : Research Design in the Study of Animal Social Behavior
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
A weekly journal club-style discussion. Graduate students may be expected to present a summary of their research or a summary of research in the literature related to their thesis once per year.
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BIONB 7202 : Topics in Neural Basis of Behavior
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
A weekly journal club-style discussion. Graduate students may be expected to present a summary of their research or a summary of research in the literature related to their thesis once per year.
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BIONB 7202 : Topics in Neural Basis of Behavior
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
A weekly journal club-style discussion. Graduate students may be expected to present a summary of their research or a summary of research in the literature related to their thesis once per year.
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BIONB 7210 : Introductory Graduate Survey in Neurobiology and Behavior
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Designed to assist students in mapping their graduate careers and in choosing and pursuing transformative and tractable thesis topics. The core of the course will be open-ended discussions directed by paired neurobiology and behavioral ecology faculty on novel research frontiers in the study of mechanisms and the evolution of behavior (including in the zone of their conceptual intersection). Occasional laboratory experiences may also be included. Professional development topics will include how to: navigate graduate school, allocate time between reading, thinking creatively, and investing in research, design experiments, write grant proposals, give talks, and publish peer-reviewed papers.
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BIONB 7210 : Introductory Graduate Survey in Neurobiology and Behavior
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Designed to assist students in mapping their graduate careers and in choosing and pursuing transformative and tractable thesis topics. The core of the course will be open-ended discussions directed by paired neurobiology and behavioral ecology faculty on novel research frontiers in the study of mechanisms and the evolution of behavior (including in the zone of their conceptual intersection). Occasional laboratory experiences may also be included. Professional development topics will include how to: navigate graduate school, allocate time between reading, thinking creatively, and investing in research, design experiments, write grant proposals, give talks, and publish peer-reviewed papers.
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BIONB 7640 : Plant-Insect Interactions Seminar
Crosslisted as: BIOEE 7640, ENTOM 7640 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Group intensive study of current research in plant-insect interactions. Topics vary from semester to semester but include chemical defense, coevolution, insect community structure, population regulation, biocontrol, tritrophic interactions, and mutualism.
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BIONB 7640 : Plant-Insect Interactions Seminar
Crosslisted as: BIOEE 7640, ENTOM 7640 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Group intensive study of current research in plant-insect interactions. Topics vary from semester to semester but include chemical defense, coevolution, insect community structure, population regulation, biocontrol, tritrophic interactions, and mutualism.
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