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Neuroscience Course Offerings (Guide to the Neuroscience Curriculum .pdf)

Please note: The UA is moving way from cross-listed courses. If you can/t find an NRSC course to enroll, please try the course under the home departments prefix.

NRSC 502 --Principles of Neuroanatomy (4 units) 
Description: Cellular elements and recognized subsystems of the mammalian nervous system, with emphasis on general principles of neuroanatomical organization and their functional significance. Prerequisite(s): 8 units of biological laboratory science, CBA 401; PSYC 302, PSIO 480 desirable. Consent of instructor. Identical to: PSYC 502; PSYC is home department. Usually offered: Spring. 

NRSC 505 --Basic Neurochemistry (3 units) 
Description: This course will cover the basic aspects of brain biochemistry that are peculiar to function of neurons and glia. It will begin with an overview of the basic biochemical mechanisms underlying neuronal function and then discuss their role in disease and brain function. Then it will conclude with short presentations on related topics by the enrolled students. Prerequisite(s): Graduate students only; basic understanding of biology and chemistry. Identical to: PSYC 505; PSYC is home department. Usually offered: Fall, Spring, Summer. 

NRSC 506 --Neural Encoding: Memory and Comprehension of Mammals (3 units)
Description: Theoretical principles and biological mechanisms by which information is represented, categorized, stored, and recalled in specific central nervous system (CNS) circuits in the course of adaptive behavior. Graduate-level requirements include an in-depth research paper on a single aspect of neural encoding. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 507B. Identical to: PSYC 506; PSYC is home department. Usually offered: Fall 

NRSC 560 --Systems Neuroscience (5 units). 
Description: This course will provide a comprehensive overview of neural systems, including those associated with sensory, motor, autonomic, and cognitive processes.  Relevant aspects of neuroanatomy will be presented and diseases affecting different systems will be discussed. Prerequisite(s): NRSC 588 or permission of course coordinator. Usually offered: Spring.

NRSC 524 --Gerontology: A Multidisciplinary Perspective (3 units) 
Description: Biological, psychological, and social issues in aging, including brain changes with age, cognitive change with age, and the social impact of increasingly older population demographics. Graduate-level requirements include an in-depth research paper on a single aspect of gerontology. Identical to: PSYC 524; PSYC is home department. Usually offered: Fall. 

NRSC 530 --Neural Basis of Language (3 units) 
Description: The neural basis of language comprehension and production, with reference to its relationship to other perceptual, cognitive and motor skills. Prerequisite(s): graduate status. Identical to: PSYC 530; PSYC is home department. Usually offered: Fall. 

NRSC 564 --Neurophysiology: Sensorimotor Perspective (3 units) 
Description: Focuses on mammalian sensorimotor system as a model system to understand principles of neural communication, sensory functions, information processing, and production of behavioral responses. Graduate-level requirements include a research paper. Identical to: PSIO 564; PSIO is home department. May be convened with: NRSC 464. Usually offered: Spring. 

NRSC 581 --Neural Mechanisms of Behavior (2 units) 
Description: Focuses on arthropods as model systems for understanding the control of behavior by the nervous system. Introduces sense organs and sensory processing, control of movement by motor neurons and central motor circuits, and integrative mechanisms and neuronal plasticity that give rise to complex behavior such as learning and memory. Prerequisite(s): NRSC 282 Usually offered: Fall. 

NRSC 582 --Topics in Neural Development (2 units) 
Description: An in-depth analysis of the cellular and molecular basis of neural development. Students will read and discuss journal articles dealing with the development of neurons and their synaptic connections. Prerequisite(s): consult program office before enrolling. Identical to: CBA 582, MCB 582, PSIO 582. Usually offered: Fall. 

NRSC 588 --Principles of Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology (3 units) 
Description: Detailed introduction to the biology of nerve cells, emphasizing cellular neurophysiology, synaptic mechanisms, and analysis of neural development. Prerequisite(s): consult program office before enrolling. Identical to: CBA 588, MCB 588, BIOC 588, INSC 588, PSIO 588. Usually offered: Fall. 

NRSC 594 --Practicum (1-6 units) 
Description: The practical application, on an individual basis, of previously studied theory and the collection of data for future theoretical interpretation. May be repeated: an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions. Usually offered: Fall, Spring. 

NRSC 597H---Human Neuroanatomy (1 unit) 
Description: This course provides an overview of the gross and sectional anatomy of the human brain and is designed to complement Psychology 502, Principles of Neuroanatomy. Prerequisite(s): or Concurrent registration, PSYC 502. Identical to: PSYC 597H; PSYC is home department. Usually offered: Fall, Spring. 

NRSC 599 --Independent Study (1-6 units) 
Description: Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work. Graduate students doing independent work which cannot be classified as actual research will register for credit under course number 599, 699, or 799. May be repeated: an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions. Usually offered: Fall, Spring, Summer. 

NRSC 653 --Neuropharmacology/Drugs of Abuse (3 units) 
Description: Role of various neurochemicals in the peripheral and central nervous systems and the effects of drugs on the nervous system, including their actions at receptors and their influence on synthesis, storage, and release of neurotransmitters. Identical to: PCOL 
653; PCOL is home department. Usually offered: Spring. 

NRSC 695A --Motor Control (2 units) 
Description: contact department. May be repeated: for credit 3 times (maximum 4 enrollments). Identical to: PSIO 695A; PSIO is home department. Usually offered: Spring. 

NRSC 695f/g --Neuroscience Colloquium (2 units/1 unit) 
Description: Development and exchange of scholarly information through discussion of published and on-going research. Topics of the colloquium will have novel, significant, controversial, and/or far-reaching implications that are of general interest and cover the breath of neuroscience including molecular, cellular, systems and cognitive neuroscience. Grading: Regular or alternative grades can be awarded for this course: A B C D E or S P C D E. Usually offered: Fall, Spring. course director: K. Zinsmaier 

NRSC 695D --Human Genetic Disease Colloquium (3 units) 
Description: The course will cover a few medical genetic disorders in depth, with different topics each year. Clinical presentation, pathophysiology, genetic mechanisms and biochemical features will be considered. Readings will come mainly from the primary biomedical literature. Grading: Regular or alternative grades can be awarded for this course: A B C D E or S P C D E. May be repeated: for credit 3 times (maximum 4 enrollments). Identical to: CBA 695D; CBA is home department. Usually offered: Fall. 

NRSC 695E --Science, Society, and Ethics (1 unit) 
Description: contact department. Identical to: MCB 695E; MCB is home department. Usually offered: Spring. NRSC 699 -- Independent Study (1-6 units) Description: Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work. Graduate students doing independent work which cannot be classified as actual research will register for credit under course number 599, 699, or 799. May be repeated: an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions. Usually offered: Fall, Spring, Summer. 

NRSC 700 --Methods in Neuroscience (1-4 units) 
Description: Research rotations in the laboratories of faculty members within the neuroscience program. Prerequisite(s): consult neuroscience program office before enrolling. May be repeated: for a total of 12 units of credit. Usually offered: Fall, Spring, Summer. 

NRSC 701 --Communication in Neuroscience (2 units) 
Description: Preparation of an essay, and instruction in scientific writing. Prerequisite(s): contact neuroscience program office before enrolling. Open to majors only. Usually offered: Spring, if course is available 

NRSC 900 --Research (1-8 units) 
Description: Individual research, not related to thesis or dissertation preparation, by graduate students. May be repeated: an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions. Usually offered: Fall, Spring, Summer. 

NRSC 910 --Thesis (1-8 units) 
Description: Research for the master's thesis (whether library research, laboratory or field observation or research, artistic creation, or thesis writing). Maximum total credit permitted varies with the major department. May be repeated: an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions. Usually offered: Fall, Spring, Summer. 

NRSC 920 --Dissertation (1-9 units) 
Description: Research for the doctoral dissertation (whether library research, laboratory or field observation or research, artistic creation, or dissertation writing). May be repeated: an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions. Usually offered: Fall, Spring, Summer. 

NRSC 930 --Supplementary Registration (1-9 units) 
Description: For students who have completed all course requirements for their advanced degree programs. May be used concurrently with other enrollments to bring to total number of units to the required minimum. May be repeated: an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions. Usually offered: Fall, Spring, Summer. 

Elective, non-cross listed Courses offered by other Programs

CBA 577 --Principles of Cell Biology (4 units) 
Description: Intensive, graduate-level introduction to principles and mechanisms of cell biology, including current research strategies in the field. Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. Prerequisite(s): consent of course coordinator. Identical to: MCB 577. Usually offered: Spring. 

ENTO 613 --Applied Biostatistics (4 units) 
Description: Introductory and advanced statistical methods and their applications in ecology. Focuses on how research design dictates choice of statistical models; explores principles and pitfalls of hypothesis testing. Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. Typical structure: 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. Identical to: RNR 613; RNR is home department. Usually offered: Spring 

EPID 576A --Biostatistics in Public Health (3 units) 
Description: This course introduces biostatistical methods and applications, and will cover descriptive statistics, probability theory, and a wide variety of inferential statistical techniques that can be used to make practical conclusions about empirical data. Students will also be learning to use a statistical software package (STATA). Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. Prerequisite(s): one year of college-level mathematics. Identical to: CPH 576A. Usually offered: Fall, Spring. 

EPID 576B --Biostatistics for Research (3 units) 
Description: Descriptive statistics and statistical inference relevant to biomedical research, including data analysis, regression and correlation analysis, analysis of variance, survival analysis, biological assay, statistical methods for epidemiology and statistical evaluation of clinical literature. Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. Prerequisite(s): EPID 576A, EPID 573A. Identical to: CPH 576B. Usually offered: Spring. 

PHCL 595B --Scientific Writing Strategies, Skills and Ethics (2 units)
Description: Provide students with skills to write/communicate effectively for a variety of scientific audiences; including scientific journals, funding institutions, potential employers as well as administration in academia and industry. Identical to: BME 595B, CBIO 595B, PS 595B, PCOL 595B. Usually offered: Fall. Instructor: W. Daniel Stamer 

PSIO 503 --Cellular and Molecular Physiology (5 units) 
Description: Through examination of fundamental cellular processes, the integrated function of diverse cell types is discussed. Topics include: mechanisms involved in protein expression, intracellular protein targeting, and regulation of protein function; membrane transport phenomena; cell signaling mechanisms-excitability, ion channels, synaptic function; muscle and vascular function. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 103B, CHEM 104B, CHEM 241B, CHEM 243B, PHYS 103, MATH 125, MATH 129, BIOC 460. Identical to: PS 503. Usually offered: Fall. 

PSIO 530 --Physiological Basis of Psychoneuroimmunology (3 units) 
Description: Function of the immune system and how this is modulated by the nervous and hormonal systems; effects of genetics and stress on psychoneuroimmunology. Graduate-level requirements include a paper (min. 10 pages and 5 scientific sources) reviewing an approved topic of their choice in the field of psychoneuroimmunology. May be convened with: PSIO 430. Usually offered: Fall. Instructor: Ann Baldwin 

SLHS 649 --Survival Skills and Ethics (3 units) 
Description: This course is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. It provides information and experiences that will aid in successful "survival" during the graduate-student years and those following graduation. Topics include effective speaking and writing, grantsmanship, mentoring, teaching, career options, among others. Discussion of ethical issues and resources is integrated across topics. Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. Identical to: SP H 649; SP H is home department. Usually offered: Spring. Instructor: Jenny Hoit 

PSYC 503C --Introduction to Computational Neuroscience (3 units) 
Description: This course covers the basic simulation techniques for biophysical modeling. Topics include: single and multi compartmental models, intrinsic neuron properties and dendritic integration and large networks of biophysical neurons with realistic stochastic synaptic transmission. Graduate-level requirements include a term project, including hands on simulation and research-level literature searches. Projects will include the analyses of real data. Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. Identical to: INSC 503C. May be convened with: PSYC 403C. Usually offered: Fall, Spring. 

PSYC 507A --Statistical Methods in Psychological Research (3 units) 
Description: Statistical research design, methods and metascience. Variants and extensions of the general linear model including bivariate and multiple regression, analysis of variance and covariance, planned orthogonal contrasts and multiple comparisons, simultaneous and sequential canonical correlation analysis, discriminant function analysis and multivariate analysis of variance. Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. Usually offered: Fall. 

PSYC 507B --Statistical Methods in Psychological Research (3 units) 
DescriptionStatistical research design, methods and metascience. Application of the structural equations modeling to manifest variable (path analysis) and latent variable (multivariate) causal analysis, confirmatory and exploratory factor analysis, and hierarchical (variance component) linear models, including generalizability theory, meta-analytic, and growth curve parameter models. GradingRegular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 507A. Usually offered: Spring. 

PSYC 507C --Research Design & Analysis of Variance (3 units) 
Description: This course provides an overview of research design and statistical analysis with a special focus on Analysis of Variance. Various designs including between subjects, repeated measures, mixed,hierarchical and Latin Square designs are covered. Other topics addressed are contrasts among means and trends analysis. Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 507A. Usually offered: Fall, Spring. 

PSYC 512 --Animal Learning (3 units) 
Description: Animal learning with emphasis on interspecies comparisons. Graduate-level requirements include an in-depth research paper on an aspect of animal learning. May be convened with: PSYC 412. Usually offered: Spring. Instructor: James King 

PSYC 596L --Introduction to Neural Data Analyses (3 units)
Description: This course will cover the basic methods available for the analyses of single unit and multi units spike data. Several measures of neural activity will be discussed, and illustrated on the basis of actual and simulated neural data. Knowledge of Matlab is required, knowledge of basic neurobiology is recommended. Graduate-level requirements include an additional paper. Grading: Regular or alternative grades can be awarded for this course: A B C D E or S P C D E. May be convened with: PSYC 496L. Usually offered: Spring. Instructor: Jean-Marc Fellous

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