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  • Animal Communication (BIO 5970)

    Signals and animal communication from the actual signal, adaptations of signalers and receivers to the evolutionary consequences of signaling.

  • Behavioral Ecology (BIO G4093)

    Interrelationship of an animal's ecology and its behavior. Optimal foraging theory, habitat selection, predator-prey adaptations, ecological constraints on sexual selection and mating systems.

  • Behavioral Neurobiology (BIO 5893)

    This course examines neurobiological mechanisms of natural animal behaviors (i.e., neuroethology). It uses interactive lectures with a focus on interpreting data, as well as in-depth reading, discussion, and student presentation of original research articles. There are optional textbooks.

  • Bioengineering Principles (AME/CH E 5203)

    Principles of bioengineering for the areas of the biomechanics of solids and fluids, mass transfer, biomaterials, electrical networks, imaging, and ionizing radiation as they apply to the human body.

  • Biosensors (CH E 5480)

    This course gives an introduction to the fundamental principles of biosensors. The focus is on electrochemical and optical biosensors and their application in the medical field. Topics to be covered by the course include electrochemical sensing, potentiometric and amperometric biosensors, fiberoptic biosensors, immobilization of biorecgonition molecules (enzymes, antibodies, receptor proteins), semiconductor electrodes and ion-selective electrodes.

  • Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology (BIO 5223)

    Introduction to cellular and molecular neurobiology through reading and discussion of landmark research papers in five current areas of research. Emphasis will be on understanding modern cellular and molecular research methods and on critical interpretation of scientific data.

  • Current Topics in Neurobiology (BIO 5871)

    A seminar course designed to develop a student's abilities to interpret and critically evaluate research in cellular and behavioral neurobiology. Involves both public seminars and journal club style discussions of contemporary literature.

  • Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (PSY 6643)

    Human neuroimaging and electrophysiology: techniques, theories, and empirical topics.

  • Digital Signal Processing (ECE 5213)

    Discrete-time linear systems, finite duration impulse response digital filters, infinite impulse response digital filters, finite word length effects, spectral analysis, fast Fourier-transforms, two-dimensional signal processing and applications.

  • Endocrinology (BIO 5153)

    The major emphasis of the course is how hormones work at the molecular, cellular, and physiological levels. The course examines the molecular biology of hormonal mechanisms and the integration of those mechanisms to maintain crucial homeostatic control systems. Hormones and their receptors are considered in terms of chemistry, biosynthesis, and mechanisms of action. The course focuses primarily on vertebrate hormones.

  • Evolution of Social Behavior (BIO 6083)

    History of sociobiological concepts; relationships of ecology, ethology, and evolution.

  • Hormones and Behavior (BIO 5813)

    The relationship between hormones and behavior from an evolutionary perspective. Focus on reproductive and social behavior, with coverage of biological rhythms, food and water intake, and learning.

  • Introduction to Cognitive Science (PSY 6263)

    In-depth consideration of the interdisciplinary approach to mind. Includes topics in cognitive psychology, artificial intelligence, linguistics, philosophy, and neuroscience.

  • Introduction to Perceptual and Cognitive Neuroscience (PSY 4253)

    Seminar focusing on specific issues in cognitive science. Topics include memory representation and retrieval, symbol and referent processing, knowledge structure, expert and novice differences, imagery, etc.

  • Methods in Endocrinology (BIO 6152)

    Experiments are designed to illustrate the modern as well as classical techniques and instrumentations used in endocrinology. Students are responsible for post-operative care and treatment of animals. An individual problem is chosen by each student.

  • Neural Control of Movement (BIO 5863)

    Introduction to neural control of movement through reading and discussion of key original research articles from the 19th century to the present. Topics include localization of function, sensory vs. central contributions, roles of single neurons, effects of neuromodulators, and motor learning.

  • Neurobiology (BIO 5833)

    Advanced examination of cellular and behavioral neurobiology. Topics covered will include membrane biophysics, cellular neurobiology, neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, sensory processing, movement, and neurobiology of behavior.

  • Neurobiology of Disease (BIO 5233)

    Cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying both normal neuronal function and neuronal disorders. Includes a review of basic concepts in neuroscience through traditional lectures, and reading and discussion of original research articles. Students are required to give oral presentations, write critiques and term papers, and present research posters.

  • Neuromuscular Physiology (HES 6843)

    This course examines the structure and function of the central and peripheral nervous systems and skeletal muscle. Emphasis will be placed on how the central nervous system and motor units respond to conditions such as fatigue, exercise training, vibration, stretching, injury and disease.

  • Neurophysiology for Engineers (AME G5710)

    This course examines how the mammalian nervous system encodes information and converts it into information to control behavior. The course begins with the basic biophysical properties of nerve cell membrane and concludes with higher level processing centers.

  • Physiological Psychology (PSY 5103)

    Surveys the neuroanatomical, hormonal and neurochemical bases of food and water intake, sleep and dreaming, emotion, reward and punishment, learning and memory, mental disorders.

  • Physiological Psychology Laboratory (PSY 6123)

    Instruction in techniques and concepts used in physiological psychology research to include neurophysiological, neuroanatomical and neuropharmacological analyses of behavior.

  • Seminar in Biopsychology (PSY 6133)

    Special topic areas in biopsychology will be considered in detail.

  • Structure & Function of Membranes & Hormones (CHEM 6833)

    The biosynthesis, structure and function of membranes and hormones. The involvement of membranes in transport, energy transduction and cellular communication processes. The mechanisms of hormone action.

  • Transport in Biological Systems (AME/CH E 5293)

    Theoretical and practical aspects of transport phenomena in living organisms and biomedical technologies. Applications include hemorheology, drug delivery, extracorporeal circulation, and artificial organs.