Psych 709.1

Basic Neuroscience: Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience

3 lec hr.
3 cr.
Prereq.: Permission of the instructor

This course is designed to provide basic knowledge of neural function at a molecular and cellular level, encompassing neurophysiology and neurochemistry. Key concepts include electrical properties of neurons, propagation of action potentials, synaptic transmission, molecular signaling pathways and major neurotransmitter systems. The course centers of identifying molecular mechanisms underlying neural processing.

The core Neuroscience series 709.1 – 709.4 is designed to provide a broad and rigorous overview of neuroscience, including molecular, cellular, cognitive and behavioral neuroscience. The intent is to provide a firm grounding in neuroscience, including knowledge of the range of methods and research domains within neuroscience. All courses are designed to provide a comprehensive conceptual framework built on foundational knowledge. Each course will include application of basic concepts to addressing integrative questions about neurobehavioral adaptive function and associated pathologies.