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Undergraduate Programs

Neuroscience

Courses

Check the course schedules/descriptions available via the Registrar's Office for the official schedules for the widest range of terms for which such information is available.


Below you will find a list of all NSC courses that have been offered.
NOTE: Not all of these courses are offered in any given year.

NSC 201 BASIC NEUROBIOLOGY LAB

THIS LABORATORY IS FOR NEUROSCIENCE MAJORS ONLY. Students should register during online registration; do not wait until the semester begins. Due to time conflicts, students may not be able to take NSC 201P/BCS 240P and STT 212 in the same semester. Contact the Undergraduate Coordinator at ugcoord@bcs.rochester.edu if you have scheduling issues.

Prerequisites: BIO 110/112 AND BIO 111/113. Concurrent enrollment in BCS 240 (NSC 201), or permission of instructor.
Last Offered: Fall 2017

NSC 201P BASIC NEUROBIOLOGY LAB

THIS LABORATORY IS FOR NEUROSCIENCE MAJORS ONLY. Students should register during online registration; do not wait until the semester begins. Due to time conflicts, students may not be able to take NSC 201P/BCS 240P and STT 212 in the same semester. Contact the Undergraduate Coordinator at ugcoord@bcs.rochester.edu if you have scheduling issues.

Prerequisites: BIO 110/112 AND BIO 111/113. Concurrent enrollment in BCS 240 (NSC 201), or permission of instructor.
Last Offered: Fall 2017

NSC 203 LAB IN NEUROBIOLOGY

Introduces the various methods used in neurobiological research. Covers anatomical, behavioral, molecular, and physiological approaches to studying neural organization and function and concludes with a research project that extends over a period of five weeks. STUDENTS MUST REGISTER FOR A WORKSHOP WHEN REGISTERING FOR THE MAIN SECTION.

Prerequisites: STT 212 and NSC 201/BCS 240 with lab
Last Offered: Spring 2018

NSC 242 NEUROPSYCHOLOGY

Examines clinical neuropsychology, which bridges neurology, neuroscience, and clinical psychology. Covers history of clinical neuropsychology, principles of neuropsychological assessment, and the interpretation of cognition and behavior as they relate to brain dysfunction. Considers specific neurological syndromes including neurodegenerative, cerebrovascular, toxic, and memory disorders; epilepsy; head trauma; toxic disorders; infectious processes; pediatric neuropsychology; psychiatric syndromes; and forensic neuropsychology. Patient presentations (videotape and in-person interviews) supplement lectures.

Prerequisites: BCS 110 or BCS 240 (NSC 201) or permission of instructor
Last Offered: Fall 2017

NSC 243 NEUROCHEMICAL FOUNDATIONS OF BEHAVIOR

Introduces the field of neurochemistry with an emphasis on cellular and molecular neurochemistry. Topics range from study of neurochemical mechanisms that underlie normal neural function to discussion of behavioral disturbances that result from neurochemical abnormalities. Considers neurochemical mechanisms of adaptive behavior, learning and memory, behavioral disorders, gender differences, and drug seeking behavior.

Prerequisites: BCS 240 (NSC 201); BIO 250 recommended
Last Offered: Fall 2017

NSC 244 NEUROETHOLOGY

Explores the neural basis of naturally occurring animal behaviors. Emphasizes how information is integrated from interactions between molecules, cells, and groups of cells, all of which are necessary to produce behavior. Considers how hormones, neural development, anatomy, physiology, and evolution lead to behaviors such as orientation, communication, feeding, and reproduction.

Prerequisites: BCS 240 (NSC 201) or permission of instructor
Last Offered: Spring 2018

NSC 245 SENSORY & MOTOR NEUROSCIENCE

Focuses on how single neurons and populations of neurons represent sensory information, how sensory signals are transformed and decoded to mediate perception, and how perceptual signals are converted into neural commands to initiate actions. Explores how simple behaviors (such as detection and discrimination) can be quantified and explained in terms of neural activity. Introduces students to quantitative approaches for linking neural activity to perception and decision-making. Emphasizes studies of the visual, oculomotor, and somatosensory systems, with some attention to the auditory and vestibular systems as well.

Prerequisites: BCS 240 (NSC 201)
Last Offered: Spring 2018

NSC 246 BIOLOGY OF MENTAL DISORDERS

Examines the neurobiology of anxiety/phobic conditions, mood disorders, and chronic psychotic states, particularly schizophrenia. Considers definitions of psychiatric syndromes, the problems of diagnosis, brain organization, and neurotransmitter systems involved in state functions. Introduces research approaches including epidemiologic, phenomenologic, family/adoption, longitudinal descriptive, psychophysiologic, neuropharmacologic, genetic linkage, and postmortem studies; emphasizes recent in vivo brain imaging and neuroreceptor studies.

Prerequisites: BCS 110 AND BIO 110 or BCS 240 (NSC 201)
Last Offered: Spring 2018

NSC 247 TOPICS IN COMPUTATIONAL NEUROSCIENCE

This course will provide an introduction to computational neuroscience, the study of both the computations performed by the brain, and of computational models of neuronal responses. In the course we will focus on the visual system.

Prerequisites: Programming experience is required, as well as familiarity with linear algebra and simple probability theory.
Last Offered: Fall 2017

NSC 248 NEUROECONOMICS

Provides a basic overview of the neural basis of learning and memory formation, with a focus on the acquisition of simple associations and complex memories and skills. Considers how neurons and neuronal ensembles encode, consolidate, store and retrieve specific memories. Although emphasis is on the anatomical, molecular and cellular levels, findings obtained from the perspective of systems and cognitive neuroscience are also considered.

Prerequisites: NSC 201 or equivalent background
Last Offered: Fall 2017

NSC 249 DEVELOPMENTAL NEUROBIOLOGY

Advanced treatment of the development of the nervous system, including the nature/nurture issue and factors that influence the development of neural organization and function. Topics include the production, migration, differentiation and survival of neurons; functional specialization of neural regions; axonal navigation; target mapping. Compares and contrasts developmental plasticity with forms of neural plasticity exhibited in adults.

Prerequisites: BCS 240 (NSC 201)
Last Offered: Spring 2018

NSC 301 SENIOR SEMINAR IN NEUROSCIENCE

To be taken for one semester in the senior year (2 credits). Format can vary from an emphasis on exploring neuroscience as a scientific career to more thematically-based seminars dealing with recent research in neuroscience. Oral and written presentation skills are sharpened through a series of student-led presentations on current issues or topics in neuroscience, as well as a series of short reports.

Prerequisites: Senior Neuroscience majors only.
Last Offered: Fall 2017

NSC 302 SEMINAR IN NEUROSCIENCE

To be taken for one semester in the senior year (2 credits). Format can vary from an emphasis on exploring neuroscience as a scientific career to more thematically-based seminars dealing with recent research in neuroscience. Oral and written presentation skills are sharpened through a series of student-led presentations on current issues or topics in neuroscience, as well as a series of short reports.

Prerequisites: Senior Neuroscience majors only.
Last Offered: Spring 2018

NSC 390 TEACHING INTERNSHIP IN NSC

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Last Offered: Spring 2018

NSC 391 INDEPENDENT STUDY

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Last Offered: Spring 2018

NSC 395 RESEARCH IN NEUROSCIENCE

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Last Offered: Spring 2018

NSC 395W RESEARCH IN NEUROSCIENCE

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Last Offered: Spring 2018