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Neuroscience (NEUR)

Neuroscience (NEUR)
Faculty of Arts and Science


Neuroscience 2600

Brain and Behaviour
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Theories and research on brain function and its relation to behaviour in humans and other animals.
Prerequisite(s): One of Psychology 1000 or Biology 1010
Equivalent: Psychology 2600 (prior to 2006/2007)

Neuroscience 3600

Fundamental Neurobiology
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
The basic principles of brain structure and function.
Prerequisite(s): One of Neuroscience 2600 or Biology 2000
Equivalent: Psychology 3600 (prior to 2006/2007)

Neuroscience 3605

Research Methods in Neuroscience
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Other hours: 0-0-25
An introduction to the techniques and methods used in modern neuroscience research.
Prerequisite(s): Two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Neuroscience or Psychology
Recommended Background: One of Neuroscience 2600 or Biology 2000
Equivalent: Psychology 3605 (prior to 2006/2007)
Note: Students who wish to pursue graduate studies in Neuroscience should take Neuroscience 3605.

Neuroscience 3610

Human Neuropsychology
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Theories and research on human brain function and the diagnosis of brain damage in humans. Study of brain asymmetry and effect of neurological disorders on complex psychological functions such as language, perception, memory and personality.
Prerequisite(s): Two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Neuroscience or Psychology
Recommended Background: Neuroscience 2600
Equivalent: Psychology 3610 (prior to 2006/2007)

Neuroscience 3615

Functional Neuroanatomy
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
A detailed examination of the functional organization of the mammalian brain. Although the majority of the lecture material covered will focus on the human brain, the functional anatomy of other mammals will be examined in the lab component. Students are expected to have an introductory-level understanding of the brain.
Prerequisite(s): Two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Neuroscience or Psychology
Recommended Background: Neuroscience 2600
Equivalent: Psychology 3615 (prior to 2006/2007)

Neuroscience 3625

Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Genetic and environmental influences on the regulation of cellular and molecular processes underlying brain function and behaviour. The implications of these processes for understanding diseases of the nervous system will be emphasized.
Prerequisite(s): Biology 2000
Recommended Background: Neuroscience 2600
Equivalent: Psychology 3625 (prior to 2006/2007)

Neuroscience 3635

Vision and Neural Plasticity
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
This course is an introduction to the anatomy, cell biology, physiology, function, and plasticity of the visual system with an emphasis on human vision. How the visual system creates visual perception, how the visual system develops, and how diseases of the visual system affect vision are among the topics covered in this course.
Prerequisite(s): One of Neuroscience 2600 or Biology 2000
Recommended Background: One of Chemistry 2120 or Chemistry 2600
Equivalent: Psychology 3635 (prior to 2006/2007)
Substantially Similar: Psychology 3680 (Developmental Visual Plasticity) (prior to 2004/2005)

Neuroscience 3640

Brain Plasticity and Memory
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Molecular and morphological bases of experience-induced changes in the brain.
Prerequisite(s): Two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Neuroscience or Psychology
Recommended Background:
Neuroscience 2600
Equivalent: Psychology 3640 (prior to 2006/2007)

Neuroscience 3680

Neuroscience (Series)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Offerings will focus on the relationship between the structure and the function of the nervous system. Specific offerings may include the cellular basis of nervous system disorders, the biological basis of behaviour, and the neural substrates of cognitive processes.
Prerequisite(s): Two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Neuroscience or Psychology
Recommended Background:
Neuroscience 2600
Equivalent: Any offering in the Psychology 3680 Series (prior to 2006/2007) with the same title as the offering in the Neuroscience 3680 Series

Neuroscience 3705

Evolution of Brain and Behaviour
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
This course will examine how understanding the function and evolutionary origins of behaviour can enhance our understanding of the organization and function of the brain. Emphasis will be placed on problems, such as finding food and avoiding predators, finding mates, and communicating with social partners, that have shaped the relationship between brains and behaviour.
Prerequisite(s): Neuroscience 2600
Recommended Background: Psychology 2700
Equivalent: Psychology 3705 (prior to 2006/2007)

Neuroscience 4630

Neuroscience (Series)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Advanced seminars in Neuroscience. Offerings will focus on the relationship between the structure and the function of the nervous system. Specific offerings may include the cellular basis of nervous system disorders, the biological basis of behaviour, and the neural substrates of cognitive processes.
Prerequisite(s): Two 3000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Neuroscience or Psychology
Equivalent: Any offering in the Psychology 4630 Series (prior to 2006/2007) with the same title as the offering in the Neuroscience 4630 Series

Neuroscience 4995

Undergraduate Thesis
Credit hours: 6.0
Contact hours per week: Variable
This is a challenging, work-intensive, research-oriented course in which students will conduct empirical research, report orally on the work, and submit a report in the form of an undergraduate thesis which will be made publicly available.
Prerequisite(s): Fourth-year standing (a minimum of 90.0 credit hours);
A cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher;
Application to the Department of Neuroscience
Recommended Background: One Independent Study, Applied Study, or summer research internship in Neuroscience (or a cognate discipline)
Note: Contact hours will vary. Students should be aware that this course involves regular contact with the Thesis Supervisor as well as considerable independent work.
See Part 7 - Arts and Science, Sections 5.c. (p. 102), 6.c. (p. 104), and 7.c. (p. 105).

Neuroscience Graduate Courses (NEUR)


Neuroscience 5020

Contemporary Problems in Brain Behaviour and Cognitive Science
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
In-depth study of specific topics in, approaches to and contemporary research in psychology and neuroscience. Discussion of preparation of talks and research posters. Includes seminars on various contemporary problems in brain, behaviour and cognitive science by staff, invited speakers and graduate students.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the M.Sc. program
Equivalent: Psychology 5020 (prior to 2006/2007)

Neuroscience 5650

Cortical Function
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
In-depth study of selected topics in cortical organization and function.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the M.Sc. or Ph.D. program
Recommended Background: B.Sc.
Equivalent: Psychology 5650 (prior to 2006/2007)

Neuroscience 7020

Contemporary Problems in Brain Behaviour and Cognitive Science
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
In-depth study of specific topics in, approaches to and contemporary research in psychology and neuroscience. Discussion of preparation of talks and research posters as well as preparation for comprehensive examinations. Includes seminars on various contemporary problems in brain, behaviour and cognitive science by staff, invited speakers and graduate students.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Ph.D. program
Equivalent: Psychology 7020 (prior to 2006/2007)