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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: PSYC 371
Course Title: *Neuroscience
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Comprehensive survey of the physiological processes and structures underlying human and animal behavior, including sensation, movement, emotion, learning, memory, sleep, drugs, and abnormal behavior. Cross-listed as BIOL 371. Prerequisites: 6 hours of PSYC courses or 6 hours of BIOL courses.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): 6 hours of PSYC courses or 6 hours of BIOL courses.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered even Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

The following are examples of possible texts that can be used:

Foundations of Behavioral Neuroscience
By Carlson, N.R. (Allyn and Bacon)
Biological Psychology
By Kalat, J.W. (Brooks/Cole)
Introduction to Brain and Behavior
By Kolb, B. & Whishaw, I.Q. (Worth Publishers)
Course Objectives
  • To identify, define, and explain the physiological correlates of behavior and mental processes.
  • To produce a paper(s) in APA format and style.
  • To identify major brain areas and functions.
    Measurable Learning
  • Describe the background/history of neuroscience.
  • Identify the cells of the nervous system and their functions.
  • Describe how cells communicate (e.g. action potential, synaptic communication).
  • Identify structures and functions of the nervous system, including those for the major subdivisions (e.g. ANS), brain areas (e.g. hippocampus), and systems (e.g. mesolimbic system).
  • Perform brain dissections (Gross Anatomy) (can be virtual dissections).
  • Describe the biochemistry of neurotransmitters.
  • Describe how psychopharmaceuticals affect neurotransmission, mental processes and behavior.
  • Explain in vivo and in vitro technology used in neuroscience.
  • Explain the concepts and processes associated with at least 7 of the topics listed in the Topical Outline.
    Topical Outline:
  • History of neuroscience
  • Structure and functions of cells of the nervous system
  • Structure of the nervous system
  • Biochemistry of the nervous system
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Methods and strategies of neuroscience research
  • Include at least seven of the following topics:
    - Development of the nervous system
    - Movement
    - Vision
    - Audition
    - Body senses and chemical senses
    - Sleep and biological rhythms
    - Reproductive behavior
    - Emotion
    - Ingestive behavior
    - Learning and memory
    - Human communication
    - Neurological disorders
    - Schizophrenia, affective disorders and mood disorders
    - Substance abuse disorders
    - Developmental disorders (e.g., mental retardation, autism)
    - Stress disorders

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 24

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Cheryl Hardy Date: January 18, 2014
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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