2020 Courses

  • Summer Session 2020 courses will be added throughout the winter.

Course description

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.

Outcome 1: Demonstrate knowledge of core concepts and principles in neuroscience through writing, speaking, and problem solving.

Outcome 2: Use the scientific method to link neuroscience concepts to observations and experiments.

Outcome 3: Explain the functions of the major components of the central and peripheral nervous system to the extent they are known.

Outcome 4: Demonstrate how the laws of chemistry and physics apply to mechanisms of neural activity.

Outcome 5: Explain mechanisms of animal and human neural function at multiple scales, from molecules and molecular interactions to interactions of neural circuits and brain pathways.

Outcome 6: Explain how information is encoded by neurons and neural circuits: describe how perceptions are represented, stored, and recalled for later use in decision making and control of behavior.

Outcome 7: Explain modern views of how the nervous system it changes with experience, and how it is disrupted by injury and disease.

Outcome 8: Describe how the brain generates complex cognitive functions including communication, emotions, sleep and cognition.

Not open to freshmen. May be taken independently of BIONB 2210. The only option available in Summer Session is 4-credits.


One year of college level biology for majors (comparative physiology and/or cell and developmental biology are recommended) and one year of chemistry. Priority is given to students studying neurobiology and behavior.


Summer 2020: Online course

Section ID:BIONB 2220 001-LEC
Class dates:June 8-July 19, 2020
Time / room:Online course
Notes:This course fulfills the NBB concentration requirements.
  This is an online course. Please review the online course FAQs.
Related:BIONB 2220 201-DIS

Summer 2020: Online course

Section ID:BIONB 2220 201-DIS
Class dates:June 8-July 19, 2020
Due date:TBA (see Final exams)
Time / room:Online course
Grade:Student option
Instructor:Dietz, S. (sbd3)
Max. enroll:20
Restrictions:Online only
Notes:Online discussion sections to be arranged.
  This is an online course. Please review the online course FAQs.
Related:You will be auto-enrolled in BIONB 2220 001-LEC
To enroll:To enroll, complete and submit a course enrollment form and your payment to the Summer Session office. For more information, see enrollment and registration. Please note that late registration fees may apply.

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