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Here you can find a list of core courses and electives being offered for the Spring, JTerm, and Fall 2024 semesters. This information is provided as a courtesy to aid with advising and course selection and should not replace SIS. If there are any discrepancies between the information listed on this page and that in SIS, the information in SIS should always be considered authoritative.

Fall 2024

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Core Courses

BIOL 3000: Cell Biology
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems
Prerequisites/Notes: Student must have previously completed BIOL 2100 or BME 2104 and any two of the following classes: CHEM 1410, 1420, 1610, 1620, 1810 and 1820. BIOL 3000 is NOT repeatable.

Course Description:
Examines the fundamental principles of eukaryotic cell biology at the molecular level.  Topics will include:  structure and function of the plasma membrane, transport of small molecules, ions and macromolecular complexes across membranes, protein trafficking, the cytoskeleton, signal transduction pathways , and the control of cell division and cellular proliferation.
Instructor: Wormington, W M

BIOL 3010: Genetics and Molecular Biology
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems
Prerequisites/Notes: Students must have previously completed BIOL 2100 and either CHEM 1410 or CHEM 1810 or CHEM 1610. BIOL 3010 is NOT repeatable. Students are expected to set aside Mondays from 7:15-9:15PM in order to accommodate course exams.

Course Description:
What makes humans different from fruit flies? Why does your brain have neurons and not liver cells? This course is all about the answer to these questions: It's the genes! This course covers the chemical make-up of genes, how they're passed on through generations, how they're expressed and how that expression is regulated, how disruption in the structure and expression of genes arise and how those disruptions lead to cellular defects and disease.
Instructor: Parichy,David Michael

BIOL 3050: Introduction to Neurobiology
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems
Prerequisites/Notes: Must have completed BIOL 2100 (formerly BIOL 2010) or BME 2104 and BIOL 2200 (formerly BIOL 2020) or BIOL 2040. May not take if previously completed BIOL 3170.

Course Description:
Analyzes the concepts of general neurobiology, including basic electrophysiology and electrochemistry, origin of bioelectric potentials, sensory, motor, integrative and developmental neurobiology, and conceptual models of simple learning.
Instructor: Condron,Barry G

PSYC 3160: Cognitive Neuroscience
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems
Prerequisites/Notes: PSYC 2150 and/or PSYC 2200 recommended but not required.

Course Description:
This course is intended as a survey of cognitive neuroscience, with an emphasis on breadth. Each week we will cover one sub-area or topic within cognitive neuroscience including perception, attention, memory, cognitive control and others. Readings will be chapters from the textbook with a few supplemental journal articles.
Instructor: Long,Nicole Marie

NESC 3559: The Study of Neuroscience From Molecules to Minds
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems
Prerequisites/Notes: PSYC 2200 or PSYC 4200 or BIOL 3050 or PSYC 3200; PSYC 3005 recommended.

Course Description:
Develops skills necessary for the study of neural bases of behavior, such as brain dissection, electrophysiology, histology, behavioral analysis, and genetic/epigenetic analyses. Emphasis is on exposure to modern techniques used in neuroscience research and effective, professional written presentation of research findings.
Instructor: TBA

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Elective Group I: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

BIOL 4045: Neurodegenerative Diseases
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems
Prerequisites/Notes: Students must have completed BIOL 3000 & (BIOL 3050 or PSYC 2200) and can't enroll if previously taken BIOL 4559 topic #29 Neurodegenerative Diseases.

Course Description:
This course for advanced undergrads will focus mainly on research about Alzheimer's disease, and will meet once/week for 3 hours. The first 3 weeks will be primarily didactic, and the remainder of the course will be a "journal club" in which primary research paper discussions will be led by teams of students. Assessments will be based on how well students lead and participate in discussions, and on exams.
Instructor: Bloom,George S

BIOL 4190: Biological Clocks
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems
Prerequisites/Notes: Must have completed BIOL 3000 or BIOL 3010 or BIOL 3020

Course Description:
Introduces biological timekeeping as used by organisms for controlling diverse processes, including sleep-wakefulness cycles, photoperiodic induction and regression, locomotor rhythmicity, eclosion rhythmicity, and the use of the biological clock in orientation and navigation.   
Instructor: Provencio,Ignacio

BIOL 4585-003: Advances in Drug Discovery and Emerging Therapies
Course Attributes: -
Prerequisites/Notes: Instructor permission

Course Description:
 The course examines the fundamental science underlying both established drugs spanning diverse diseases that have been defined as “transformative medicines” based on their efficacy (e.g., Statins, Metformin, Gleevec) as well as newly emerging therapies with novel mechanisms of action to assess their potential to become the next generation of transformative drugs (e.g., CFTR correctors, Ozempic, mRNA therapies).
Instructor: Wormington,W M

NESC 4245: Neuroscience through the Nobels
Course Attributes: ASUD:Science & Society
Prerequisites/Notes: Students must have completed BIOL 3050 (formerly BIOL 3170) or PSYC 2200 and they can't enroll if previously taken NESC 3559 topic 1: Neuroscience Through Nobels

Course Description:
Will study Nobel prize winning discoveries that shaped our understanding of the nervous system; explore the original experimental basis for these discoveries; and learn about the Nobel laureates. This course will enable students to acquire a deeper understanding of fundamental principles in Neuroscience, to familiarize with various research techniques, and to develop a sense of history of Neuroscience research.
Instructor: Cang,Jianhua

NESC 4265: Developmental Neurobiology
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems
Prerequisites/Notes: Must have completed BIOL 3050 (formerly BIOL 3170) or PSYC 2200

Course Description:
The diverse functions of the nervous system depend on precise wiring of connections between neurons. This course covers cellular and molecular processes of how neuronal connections are established during development. Diseases which result from failing to establish the circuitry will also be discussed. This course will introduce research methods and technology, and encourage students to develop logical rationale of contemporary research.
Instructor: Liu,Xiaorong

PSYC 3235: Introduction to Epigenetics
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems
Prerequisites/Notes: Must have completed BIOL 3050 (formerly BIOL 3170) or PSYC 2200 or PSYC 3200

Course Description:
This course is a didactic, mechanistic exploration of epigenetics; we will discuss all epigenetic modifications known to date, the processes through which they are established and modified and their impact on the cell and organism.
Instructor: Connelly,Jessica J


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Elective Group II: Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience

BIOL 4270: Animal Behavior Laboratory
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems
Prerequisites/Notes: -

Course Description:
This laboratory course provides hands-on experiences with experimental approaches used to study animal behavior.  The laboratory exercises explore visual and auditory sensory perception, biological clock, reproductive and aggressive behaviors using actively behaving animals such as hamsters, cichlid fish, crickets and electric fish.  Students are given opportunities to design hypothesis-testing experiments in some laboratories.
Instructor: Kawasaki,Masashi

PSYC 3100: Learning and the Neuroscience of Behavior
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems
Prerequisites/Notes: -

Course Description:
The course will examine historical and current theories of learning that provide the foundation for most, if not all forms of an organism's behavior. Students will be exposed to a diverse range of experimental findings that led to principles and concepts that currently explain how environmental, social and emotional factors influence the brain and body to shape human and animal behavior.
Instructor: Williams,Cedric L

PSYC 3240: Animal Minds
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems
Prerequisites/Notes: -

Course Description:
This course looks at the evolutionary basis of cognition through the lens of animal behavior, with an emphasis on understanding how general mechanisms of perception and learning interact with more specialized systems for navigation, social interaction, and planning to produce the rich behavioral adaptations seen throughout the animal kingdom.
Instructor: Meliza,Chad Daniel

PSYC 3440: Child Psychopathology
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems; Social & Economic Systems
Prerequisites/Notes: Six Credits of Psychology must have been completed; PSYC 2700 recommended.

Course Description:
Overview of the description, cause and treatment of various psychological disorders of childhood
Instructor: Sequeira,Stefanie Lee

PSYC 4100: Neuroscience of Learning, Emotions and Motivation of Functional Behavior
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems
Prerequisites/Notes: Instructor Consent Required

Course Description:
Learning, Emotions and Motivation will be explored from animal models of clinical conditions, historical case studies in humans of brain-derived emotional disturbances, and current innovations to treat brain disorders. These important discoveries will be presented for students to understand underlying biological and neural mechanisms that mediate adaptive changes to motivate healthy behavior.
Instructor: Williams,Cedric L

PSYC 4100: Neuroscience of Learning, Emotions and Motivation of Functional Behavior
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems
Prerequisites/Notes: Instructor Consent Required

Course Description:
Learning, Emotions and Motivation will be explored from animal models of clinical conditions, historical case studies in humans of brain-derived emotional disturbances, and current innovations to treat brain disorders. These important discoveries will be presented for students to understand underlying biological and neural mechanisms that mediate adaptive changes to motivate healthy behavior.
Instructor: Williams,Cedric L

PSYC 4310: Cognitive Aging
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems
Prerequisites/Notes: Restricted to 3rd or 4th year PSYC or Cog Sci majors and students can't enroll if previously taken PSYC 4500 topic #49 Cognitive Aging

Course Description:
This course aims to discuss the state-of-the-art in the large field of cognitive aging and the main lifespan predictors that lead to healthy aging.
Instructor: Teles Santos Golino,Mariana

PSYC 4420: RM: Brain Mapping with MRI
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems
Prerequisites/Notes: Must have completed BIOL 3050 or PSYC 2200 or PSYC 3160. Restricted to 3rd or 4th year PSYC majors or COG SCI majors or Neurosci majors. Students can't enroll if previously taken PSYC 4500 topic #50 RM: Brain Mapping with MRI. PSYC 4200 or PSYC 5265 recommended. Some background in coding using Matlab, R or Python is recommended.

Course Description:
Human neuroimaging technologies and analytics methods enable exploration of the form, function, and connectivity of the living brain. Students will gain familiarity with the origins of brain imaging using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), be able to discuss the technical foundations of image reconstruction, view and process raw neuroimaging structural and time-series data, and make inferences about the brain in health and in disease.
Instructor: Van Horn,John Darrell

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Elective Group III: Related Science and Quantitative Courses

BIOL 3030: Biochemistry
Course Attributes: ASUD:Chem/Math/Physical Universe; Living Systems
Prerequisites/Notes: Must have completed BIOL2100 (formerly BIOL 2010) or BME2104 and BIOL 2200 (formerly BIOL 2040 and either CHEM 2410 or 1820

Course Description:
Biochemistry underlies nearly every biological process, from environmental science to medicine. When living systems are in chemical and energetic balance, organisms thrive. When they're out of balance, as in disease or unpredictable environments, life is compromised. This course will explain how simple chemical and physical principles apply to the major classes of biological macromolecules that maintain life.
Instructor: Deppmann,Christopher

BIOL 4070: Developmental Biology Laboratory  
Course Attributes: ASUD: Living Systems
Prerequisites/Notes: BIOL 3000 and BIOL 3010 required

Course Description:
The goal of this course is to provide an original, unknown outcome research experience in developmental biology.  After training in basic methods and descriptions of selected research problems, students form teams and investigate a problem of their choosing.  Team members work together in the lab, but each writes an independent research proposal, a notebook, and a final project report on which they are graded.
Instructor: Keller,Raymond E

BIOL 4250: Human Genetics
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems; Science & Society
Prerequisites/Notes: Must have completed BIOL 3010

Course Description:
Focuses on the fundamental knowledge about organization, expression, and inheritance of the human genome. Reviews classical Mendelian genetics and human genetic (pedigree) analysis. Emphasizes understanding human genetics in molecular terms. Includes gene mapping procedures, methodologies for identifying genes responsible for inherited diseases, the molecular basis of several mutant (diseased) states, the human genome project, and discussions about genetic screening and gene therapy.  
Instructor: Grainger,Robert M

CHEM 4410: Biological Chemistry I
Course Attributes: ASUD:Chem/Math/Physical Universe; Living Systems
Prerequisites/Notes: Must have completed CHEM 2420 or CHEM 2810

Course Description:
Introduces the components of biological macromolecules and the principles behind their observed structures. Examines the means by which enzymes catalyze transformations of other molecules, emphasizing the chemical principles involved. Topics include a description of the key metabolic cycles and pathways, the enzymes that catalyze these reactions, and the ways in which these pathways are regulated.
Instructor: Grisham,Charles M

CHEM 4411: Biological Chemistry Laboratory I  
Course Attributes: -
Prerequisites/Notes: Must have completed CHEM 2420 or CHEM 2810

Course Description:
Introducing the components of biological macromolecules and the principles behind their observed structures.
Instructor: Price,Carol Webber

CHEM 4440 - Biochemistry for Pre-Health
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems
Prerequisites/Notes: Must have completed CHEM 2420 or CHEM 2810

Course Description:
Biochemistry study chemical processes within biological systems. When living systems are in chemical and energetic balance life thrives. However, distortion of balance caused by external or internal environment can lead to series of diseases and malfunctions of biological systems. In this course we will explore and learn how basic chemical and physical principles apply to macro-molecules that give rise to the complexity of life.
Instructor: Grisham,Charles M

Spring 2024

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Core Courses

BIOL 3000 Cell Biology
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems
Prerequisites/Notes: Student must have previously completed BIOL 2100 or BME 2104 and any two of the following classes: CHEM 1410, 1420, 1610, 1620, 1810 and 1820. BIOL 3000 is NOT repeatable.
Instructor: Kozminski,Keith G, Wellbeloved,Elizabeth A.

BIOL 3010 Genetics and Molecular Biology
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems
Prerequisites/Notes: Students must have previously completed BIOL 2100 and either CHEM 1410 or CHEM 1810 or CHEM 1610. BIOL 3010 is NOT repeatable. Students are expected to set aside Mondays from 7:15-9:15PM in order to accommodate course exams.
Instructor: Siegrist,Sarah E, Bergland,Alan Olav

PSYC 3200: Fundamentals of Neuroscience
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems
Prerequisites/Notes: Must have taken PSYC 2200 or BIOL 2100. Enrollment not allowed if already completed or currently enrolled in BIOL 3050.    
Instructor: Erisir,Alev

PSYC 3210 RM: Psychobiology Laboratory
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems
Prerequisites/Notes: Must have completed BIOL 3050 (formerly BIOL 3170) or PSYC 2200 or PSYC 4200 or PSYC 3200. This course will meet in Gilmer 330.    
Instructor: Erisir,Alev

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Elective Group I: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

BIOL 3260 Editing Genes and Genomes
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems|NCLC:No Cost Course Materials
Prerequisites/Notes: Students must have completed BIOL 2100 and must currently be enrolled in or previously taken BIOL 3010 and can't enroll if previously taken BIOL 3559 topic #18 Editing Genes and Genomes
Instructor: Hirsh,Jay

BIOL 4011 Homeostasis: Wisdom of the Body
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems
Prerequisites/Notes: Students must have taken BIOL 3050 and can't enroll if previously taken BIOL 4559 topic #22 Homeostasis:Wisdom of the Body
Instructor: Campbell,John Nelson

BIOL 4310 Sensory Neurobiology
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems
Prerequisites/Notes: -
Instructor: Provencio,Ignacio

BIOL 4330 Wiring the Brain
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems
Prerequisites/Notes: Must have completed (BIOL 3000 and BIOL 3010) and one of the following: BIOL 3050 or PSYC 2200 or PSYC 3200
Instructor: Condron,Barry G

PSYC 3260 Brain Science Through Diversity
Course Attributes: ASUD:Science & Society
Prerequisites/Notes: Students can't enroll if previously taken PSYC 3500 topic #10 Hidden Figures
Instructor: Ribic,Adema

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Elective Group II: Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience

BIOL 3250 Introduction to Animal Behavior
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems
Prerequisites/Notes: Must have completed BIOL 2100 (formerly BIOL 2010) or BME 2104 and BIOL 2200 (formerly BIOL 2020)
Instructor: Kawasaki,Masashi

PSYC 3440 Child Psychopathology
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems; Social & Economic Systems
Prerequisites/Notes: Six Credits of Psychology must have been completed
Instructor: Sequeira,Stefanie Lee

PSYC 4250 Brain Systems Involved in Memory
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems; Science & Society
Prerequisites/Notes: -
Instructor: Williams,Cedric L

PSYC 5270 RM: Computational Neuroscience
Course Attributes: NCLC:No Cost Course Materials
Prerequisites/Notes: -
Instructor: Meliza,Chad Daniel

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BIOL 3240 Introduction to Immunology
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems
Prerequisites/Notes: Must have completed or be currently taking BIOL 2100 (formerly BIOL 2010) or BME2104 pre-requisites/co-req
Instructor: Kittlesen,David Jon

BIOL 3260 Editing Genes and Genomes
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems|NCLC:No Cost Course Materials
Prerequisites/Notes: Students must have completed BIOL 2100 and must currently be enrolled in or previously taken BIOL 3010 and can't enroll if previously taken BIOL 3559 topic #18 Editing Genes and Genomes
Instructor: Hirsh,Jay

BIOL 4040 Laboratory in Cell Biology
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems|NCLC:Low Cost Course Materials
Prerequisites/Notes: BIOL 3000 must have been completed.
Instructor: Bloom,George S

BIOL 4070 Developmental Biology Lab
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems
Prerequisites/Notes: BIOL 3000 and BIOL 3010 required
Instructor: Keller,Raymond E

BIOL 4260 Cellular Mechanisms
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems|NCLC:No Cost Course Materials
Prerequisites/Notes: BIOL 3000 and BIOL 3010 required
Instructor: Wormington,W M

BIOL 4770 Synthetic Biology
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems; Science & Society
Prerequisites/Notes: This class will meet in PLSB 403.
Instructor: Kozminski,Keith G

CHEM 4410 Biological Chemistry I
Course Attributes: -
Prerequisites/Notes: -
Instructor: Grisham,Charles M

CHEM 4420 Biological Chemistry II
Course Attributes: ASUD:Chem/Math/Physical Universe; Living Systems
Prerequisites/Notes: -
Instructor: Landers,James P
 
CHEM 4440 Biochemistry for Pre-Health
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems
Prerequisites/Notes: -
Instructor: Samonina,Jelena

PSYC 5323 RM: R in Psychology
Course Attributes: NCLC:No Cost Course Materials
Prerequisites/Notes: This course will meet in Gilmer 359.
Instructor: Meyer Jr.,Michael Joseph

PSYC 5710 Machine Learning and Data Mining
Course Attributes: -
Prerequisites/Notes: -
Instructor: Golino,Hudson Fernandes

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PSYC 3210 RM: Psychobiology Laboratory
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems
Prerequisites/Notes: Must have completed BIOL 3050 (formerly BIOL 3170) or PSYC 2200 or PSYC 4200 or PSYC 3200. This course will meet in Gilmer 330.    
Instructor: Clabough,Erin D

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Elective Group I: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

PSYC 4260 RM: Genetic and Epigenetic Research
Course Attributes: -
Prerequisites/Notes: -
Instructor: Connelly, Jessica

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Elective Group II: Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience

PSYC 4100 Neuroscience of Learning, Emotions and Motivation of Functional Behavior
Course Attributes: ASUD:Living Systems
Prerequisites/Notes: Instructor permission
Instructor: Williams,Cedric L

PSYC 4260 RM: Genetic and Epigenetic Research
Course Attributes: -
Prerequisites/Notes: -    
Instructor: Connelly,Jessica J

PSYC 5326: The Neuroscience of Social Relationships
Course Attributes: -
Prerequisites/Notes: Completion of PSYC 2005/3005. PSYC 2200 or BIOL 3050 recommended.
Instructor: Coan, James

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