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Clinical and epidemiological aspects of neurodegenerative disorders causing dementia will be reviewed, including AD, PD, FTD, HD and cerebrovascular disease. Seminar format will include student presentations and group discussion.

All School of Biological Sciences students must complete the following requirements.

The cerebral cortex is highly developed in mammals and is responsible for higher perceptual and cognitive functions. The course explores some amazing aspects of cortical structure, function, and plasticity emphasizing primary literature.


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The optional concentration in Biological Sciences Education requires seven courses:

Students carry out two activities: (1) leading discussions about HIV/AIDS (predominantly regarding sociological and personal reactions) among students taking the AIDS Fundamentals course and (2) literature research about biomedical aspects of AIDS.


Grading Option: Pass/no pass only.

Introduction to major biochemical pathways that transmit information from extracellular cues into changes in cell behavior. Focuses on kinases, phosphateses, G proteins, second messengers, and protein-protein interactions. Includes discussion of primary research articles and experimental techniques.

BIO SCI 2C. Solutions in Science. 1 Unit.

An overview of the conceptual and technical foundations of contemporary neuroscience from ancient times to the present. The subjects include synapses, neurons, brain organization, sensory, motor and regulatory systems, learning and memory, human brain function and dysfunction.

BIO SCI 3A. Career Decision Making.

Provides an in-depth look at cutting-edge topics in physiology and epidemiology as they relate to global issues of ethics, anthropology, and socioeconomics, providing the student with an understanding of human health beyond basic biological function.

Grading Option: Pass/no pass only.

Literature-based, interactive discussions focused on review of seminal historic and recent immunology literature. Student responsibilities include reading, critical evaluation, and discussion of manuscripts.

BIO SCI 3B. Non-Health Sciences Career Exploration.

Provides an in-depth look at cutting-edge topics in physiology and epidemiology as they relate to global issues of ethics, anthropology, and socioeconomics, providing the student with an understanding of human health beyond basic biological function.

Grading Option: Pass/no pass only.

Introductory general microbiology designed for preprofessional biology majors. Includes microscopy, cultivation of bacteria, morphological and biochemical characterization of bacteria, microbial metabolism, growth and genetics, microorganisms and human disease, and interactions of microorganisms with the environment. Materials fee.