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.
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) Recommended
By Kalat, J.W. (Brooks/Cole) Recommended
Introduction to Brain and Behavior
By Kolb, B. & Whishaw, I.Q. (Worth Publishers) Recommended
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.
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.
History of neuroscience
Structure and functions of cells of the nervous system
Structure of the nervous system
Biochemistry of the nervous system
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
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.