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Course Descriptions

BIOLOGY COURSES

BIO 111 - Introduction to Cell Biology (3 hours)
Introduces the concept of biological molecules and discusses the role of these molecules in the genetics and cell biology of the organism. Prerequisite: Education majors and allied health majors such as nursing, health science and dietetics. Biology minors can also enroll in this course with an approved Course Reserve Form.

BIO 113 - Introduction to Cell Biology Laboratory (1 hour)
Emphasizes the concept of biological molecules and discusses the role of these molecules in the genetics and cell biology of the organism though inquiry based laboratory exercises. Prerequisite: Allied health majors such as nursing, health science and dietetics. Biology minors can also enroll in this course with an approved Course Reserve Form.

BIO 151 - Molecules to Cells (3 hours)
Introduces the concept of biological molecules and discusses the role of these molecules in the genetics and cell biology of the organism. Prerequisite: Biology, chemistry or LSM major; permission of the instructor. Credit will not be given for both BIO 151 and BIO 111. Corequisite: BIO 152 Molecules to Cells laboratory.

BIO 152 - Molecules to Cells Laboratory (1 hour)
Core Curr. WI
Emphasizes the concept of biological molecules and discusses the role of these molecules in the genetics and cell biology of the organism though inquiry based laboratory exercises. Prerequisite: Biology, chemistry, or LSM major, or permission of instructor. Corequisite: BIO 151

BIO 260 - Biological Statistics I (1 hour)
Introduction to statistics including basic skills for summarizing data, basic probability theory and probability distributions necessary to understand and evaluate variation in environmental systems. Prerequisite: MTH 109; or qualifying score on math placement exam; or consent of instructor.

BIO 261 - Biological Statistics II (2 hours)
A follow-up to Biological Statistics I introducing hypothesis testing, and the use and interpretation of statistical analyses such as the T Test and analysis of variance. Prerequisite: C or better in BIO 260; or consent of instructor.

BIO 310 - Genetics (3 hours)
Strengthens the understanding of Mendelian genetics and introduces the topic of non-Mendelian genetics. Modern molecular genetics concepts of DNA replication, transcription, and translation, primarily in prokaryotes, will be included. An introduction to molecular genetic techniques will be provided. The laboratory will include experiments designed to characterize genetic crosses through phenotypic as well as molecular approaches in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Prerequisite: CHM 110, CHM 111; C or better in MTH 115 or MTH 121; C or better in BIO 150, BMS 150 or CHM 292; BIO 151, BIO 152, and BIO 250; or consent of instructor.

BIO 381 - Comparative Animal Physiology (3-4 hours)
Fundamental concepts of mechanisms employed by various animal groups to satisfy functional requirements for living. Physiological differences and similarities. Four hours if taken with lab. Prerequisite: CHM 116, 252, 253; C or better in BIO 250.

BIO 419 - Ethology (4 hours)
Development and evolution of animal behavior in individuals and social groups from various phyla. Cross-listed as BIO 519. Prerequisite: C or better in BIO 151, 152, 250, 251 and 252.

BIO 484 - Neurophysiology (3-4 hours)
An introduction to the basic principles of cellular and molecular neurobiology of the nervous system. General topics include cellular, molecular and developmental biology of nerve cells, synapses and neural systems. Laboratory optional. Prerequisite: C or better in BIO 250 or consent of instructor.

NEUROSCIENCE COURSES

NEU 405 - Social Affective Neuroscience (3 hours)
Delves into current insights, debates, and research on social and emotional behavior and its neural basis. Course goals include providing an introduction to the theoretical, methodological, and intellectual challenges that influence these fields and their growth. Additionally, the course is designed to give a broad overview of current research and theory in the social and affective neurosciences, particularly where these two domains intersect, and explore how knowledge of neural systems, neuroendocrine function, functional neuro-anatomy, and neurochemistry can or cannot provide insights into social and emotional behavior. Cross-listed with PSY 405. Prerequisite: PSY 201, PSY 206; or instructor consent.

NEU 470 - Seminar in Neuroscience (1-3 hours) 
Introduces students to a specialization within the field of neuroscience, with a focus on surveying the primary scientific literature. May focus on the application of specific techniques, current knowledge in specialized areas, or an analysis of neuroscience in contemporary media. Course may be repeated no more than 3 times. Prerequisite: Neuroscience minor or consent of instructor.

NEU 490 - Independent Research in Neuroscience (1-3 hours)
Directed research for qualified students in specialized areas of neuroscience. May be repeated for a total of 3 credit hours. Prerequisite: BIO 261 or PSY 205; Neuroscience minor or consent of instructor.

PSYCHOLOGY COURSES

PSY 201 - Brain and Behavior (3 hours)
Gen. Ed. FS
Core Curr. NS
An introduction to the scientific study of the nervous system and its relation to behavior. The underlying biology of learning, memory, language, sensation, emotion, reproductive behavior, psychopathology, and other topics.

PSY 205 - Quantitative Methods (3 hours)
Introduction to applied statistical analysis: data reduction and representation; frequency distributions and their measures; probability; sampling theory; significance testing. Descriptive and inferential analyses are presented in the context of psychological research. Not open to non-majors with credit in QM 262 and QM 263. Prerequisite: 3 hours of college mathematics or consent of instructor.

PSY 206 - Research Methods in Psychology (4 hours)
Core Curr. WI
Basic principles of research design and interpretation; emphasis on experimental method. Laboratory work. Prerequisite: PSY 205 or consent of instructor

PSY 360 - Psychology of Learning (3 hours)
Variables and conditions that affect the learning process; theories of learning. Prerequisite: PSY 101 (C or better) and PSY 206; or consent of instructor.

PSY 364 - Behavioral Neuroscience (3 hours)
Physiological bases of behavior; emphasis on the neural structure and functional concomitants of receptor and effector processes, motivation, emotion, and learning. Prerequisite: PSY 101 (C or better), PSY 201, and PSY 206; or consent of instructor.

PSY 365 - Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory (1 hour)
Optional laboratory course for students concurrently enrolled in PSY 364. Includes sheep brain dissection. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in PSY 364.

PSY 366 - Sensation & Perception (3 hours)
Physiology of the senses; processes by which sensory stimulation produces perceptual experiences. Prerequisite: PSY 101 (C or better), PSY 201, and PSY 206; or consent of instructor.

PSY 405 - Social Affective Neuroscience (3 hours)
Delves into current insights, debates, and research on social and emotional behavior and its neural basis. Course goals include providing an introduction to the theoretical, methodological, and intellectual challenges that influence these fields and their growth. Additionally, the course is designed to give a broad overview of current research and theory in the social and affective neurosciences, particularly where these two domains intersect, and explore how knowledge of neural systems, neuroendocrine function, functional neuro-anatomy, and neurochemistry can or cannot provide insights into social and emotional behavior. Cross-listed with NEU 405. Prerequisite: PSY 201, PSY 206; or instructor consent.

PSY 420 - Psychology of Addiction (3 hours)
Drug use and abuse will be explored from psychological, biological, and treatment perspectives. Students will gain an understanding of the history of drug use and drug policy, and will be encouraged to identify sociological factors that promote abuse and incarceration. Students will be introduced to advanced pharmacological principles, neuroanatomy, and the neuroscientific basis of drug abuse. Theories of addiction and contemporary treatment and prevention paradigms will be explored. Prerequisite: PSY 201, PSY 206