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Neuroscience Minor

Division of Natural Sciences

Discover the amazing field of neuroscience. Focus on the connection between brain structure and behavior through a combination of biology and psychology courses.

A minimum of 20 credits including the following courses:

Introduction to the biological bases of human and animal behavior. General introduction to the nervous system including its development structure and function with particular emphasis on the role of brain mechanisms in movement circadian rhythms hunger and thirst sexual behavior emotional behaviors and stress learning and memory and psychological disorders. Prerequisite PSY 101

Unit(s): 4

-or-
Introduction to the biological sciences covering biological chemistry celltissue structure and function genetics and microevolution. Intended for biology health and human sciences and environmental science majors. Three lectures and one lab per week. Corequisites
Real numbers exponents radicals and algebraic operations with polynomial and rational functions. Solving equations and graphing expressions involving polynomial and rational functions and exponential and logarithmic functions. Credit may not be received for both MATH 118 and 110. General education master core skill 2016 Summer Session I offered as an online course

Unit(s): 3
or
This course is designed to provide development of basic computational skills and introductory algebra concepts like solutions of single variable equations. It will also cover some introductory statistics and probability concepts. Problem solving will be emphasized. The course will contain at least one project that requires students to make extensive use of spreadsheet software like Excel. General Education Master Core Skill

Unit(s): 3
Biology and environmental science majors should take
Real numbers exponents radicals and algebraic operations with polynomial and rational functions. Solving equations and graphing expressions involving polynomial and rational functions and exponential and logarithmic functions. Credit may not be received for both MATH 118 and 110. General education master core skill 2016 Summer Session I offered as an online course

Unit(s): 3
. Other students should consult with their advisor about which course to take. General Education natural and physical sciences

Unit(s): 4

Lecture and laboratory course exposing students to a variety of research techniques employed by neuroscientists behavioral and cognitive procedures for measuring reward memory attention and emotion neuroanatomical procedures for staining and examining brain tissues physiological procedures for recording the electrical activity of nerve cells as well as commonly used techniques used to explore brain-behavior relationships (EEG lesions electrical and chemical stimulation). Prerequisites PSY 317 or 319 and CHEM 125 or higher or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 4

Delineates a new field of Neuroethics concerned with the social legal and ethical implications of modern research on the brain. Brings together contemporary writings from neuroscientists bioethicists public policy makers and scholars in the humanities for discussion and debate on these issues.
Taught in the style of a seminar a small group of students learn thinking skills through discussion debate peer review and brainstorming. Context varies from section to section. Incoming students rank topic preferences and then are assigned to a section. Focuses specifically on two key areas of personal development (1) intellectual growth is stimulated through systematic critical questioning and (2) a sense of community involvement and responsibility is developed through classroom group work collaborative learning and a class community engagement project. The course also contains success skill exercises and college orientation information including an introduction to the portfolio program. General education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
or
An introduction to the academic community of Bridgewater College to the liberal arts and to the skills of critical thinking and reflective writing specifically designed for transfer students. Transfer students will explore the unique challenges of integrating into a liberal arts educational environment and will begin the process of documenting their experiences and growth in the four dimensions of personal development intellectual growth and discovery citizenship and community responsibility ethical and spiritual growth and emotional maturation and physical health. general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
ENG-110 and PSY-101 and PSY-210 or BIOL-110 or permission of instructor General education ethical reasoning Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Plus 3 of the following:

Survey of theories principles and facts concerning the sensory sciences. Emphasis on the study of physical physiological and psychological principles governing how we acquire information from the environment through the senses and the organization of these sensations into meaningful interpretable experiences. Although the focus is on mechanisms the influence of disease development and aging are also considered. Prerequisite PSY 210 or permission of the instructor

Unit(s): 3

Introduction to selected topics from the study of drug effects on behavior and other psychological processes including memory motivation and perception. Special emphasis on the reinforcing properties of drugs and substance abusedependence. Prerequisite PSY 210 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 3

BIOL/
Multidisciplinary course in neuroscience with clinical ties to neurology psychiatry and psychology as well as basic scientific links to biology computer science and cognitive studies. Examines how the structure and function of the brain relate to specific cognitive processes and overt behaviors through the use of neuropsychological testing methods. Topics include orientation learning and memory intelligence language visuoperception and executive functioning. The administration scoring and interpretation of various neuropsychological measures are discussed. Prerequisites PSY 230 or MATH 140 or SOC 322 and PSY 210 or PSY 317 or 319 or BIOL 110 or permission of instructor Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

BIOL/
Examination of the contribution of neuroscience techniques to the understanding of sensationperception attention learning memory language and consciousness. Lectures and papers involve an analysis of the interdisciplinary methods such as functional neuroimaging electrophysiological methods and the neurological impairments of brain-damaged patients. Prerequisites PSY 101 and 210 or BIOL 110 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 3

BIOL/
Comprehensive analysis of the organization of vertebrate nervous systems is approached from a structural perspective with emphasis on the human central nervous system. Principles of organization are stressed. Laboratory component introduces students to neuroanatomical and neurohistological methods and techniques. Both he gross and fine microscopic anatomy of the nervous system are studied. Prerequisites PSY 101 and 210 or BIOL 110 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 3

Students interested in graduate work or careers in neuroscience are strongly encouraged to complete BIOL 305 and BIOL 314.

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Dr. Alan Eby, Department Chair
540-828-5627
leby@bridgewater.edu