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NEUROSCIENCE

  1. 1. REGIS UNIVERSITY BULLETIN 2010 - 2011 137 NEUROSCIENCE Dr. Mark Basham, Program Director Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field in which scientists share a common interest in studying the anatomy, physiology, and function of the nervous system and how it regulates behavior. Courses for the major are drawn from Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology.The major is designed to provide a strong foundation in Neuroscience while giving students flexibility to select courses that prepare them for a wide variety of career options.These include, but are not limited to, graduate study in Neuroscience, Physiological Psychology, Neuropsychology, and healthcare areas such as Physical Therapy, neuro-rehabilitation and medicine. Neuroscience is also a major for students who are simply interested in understanding the nature of brain-behavior relationships and want to pursue the field as part of a liberal arts education. Students will find that this major is compatible with a wide range of minors or double majors such as (but not limited to) Biology, Chemistry, Exercise Science, Philosophy, or Psychology. The Honors-in-Neuroscience major adds an independent research component to the Neuroscience major that further helps prepare students for graduate and professional schools or for research- oriented laboratory work. Both Neuroscience majors are administered by the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience program director. Sample programs of study combining the Neuroscience major with a variety of minors and double majors can be obtained from the Neuroscience Program director, the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience chairperson or online at the Regis University Neuroscience Program website. Students should work closely with their major advisor to plan a program of study commensurate with their educational and vocational goals. DEPARTMENTAL REGULATIONS The minimum passing grade for any course taken towards satisfying the Neuroscience major or minor is a “C-”.This standard applies to all lower and upper division Neuroscience courses and all other courses required for the major or minor. Neuroscience Major 52-54 SH Lower Division Requirements 28 SH BL 260--Principles of Biology: Molecular and Cellular 3 SH BL 261--Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory 1 SH BL 262--Principles of Biology: Organismic 3 SH BL 263--Organismic Biology Laboratory 1 SH CH 210--Principles of Chemistry I 4 SH CH 211--Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I 1 SH CH 230–Principles of Chemistry II 4 SH and CH 231–Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II 1 SH or CH 250-Organic Chemistry I 4 SH and CH 251-Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 1 SH MT 272--Statistics for the Life Sciences 3 SH NS 260--Introduction to Brain and Behavior 3 SH NS 261--Introduction to Brain and Behavior Laboratory 1 SH PY 250--General Psychology 3 SH Upper Division Requirements 24-26 SH NS 401--Advanced Neuroscience Methods 1 SH NS 485--Functional Neurophysiology and Neuroanatomy* 3 SH NS 486--Neurophysiology and Neuroanatomy Laboratory* 1 SH NS 487--Neuropsychology* 3 SH NS 488--Neuropsychology Laboratory* 1 SH NS 495E-W--Seminar: Current Topics in Neuroscience 3 SH * May be taken in any sequence. Research Component PY 419--Research Methods 3 SH PY 420--Research Methods Laboratory 1 SH NOTE: PY 419/420 should be taken during the Sophomore year. These courses are helpful for understanding how to design experiments and prepare students for research-oriented classes and Independent research experiences during Sophomore, Junior, or Senior years. Elective Component One course with the accompanying co-requisite laboratory, if offered, in each of the following elective areas.A third course from either elective area or an additional neuroscience course (e.g., NS 410, NS 466) may be needed to complete the upper division semester hour requirements. NS 491E-W, NS 498E-W and a second NS 495E-W may also count as an upper division elective. Cellular/Molecular Electives BL 412--Developmental Biology 3 SH BL 413--Developmental Biology Laboratory 2 SH BL 414--Principles of Genetics 3 SH BL 415--Genetics Laboratory 1 SH BL 424--Cell Biology 3 SH BL 427--Techniques in Molecular Biology Laboratory 2 SH BL 436--Animal Physiology 3 SH
  2. 2. REGIS UNIVERSITY BULLETIN 2010 - 2011 138 Behavioral/Cognitive Electives EXS 422--Concepts of Motor Behavior 3 SH NS 482--Sensation and Perception 3 SH PY 442--Learning and Memory 3 SH PY 443--Learning and Memory Laboratory 1 SH PY 454--Cognitive Psychology 3 SH NOTE: It is recommended that students take as many of the courses listed in the Cellular/Molecular and Behavioral/Cognitive electives as can be accommodated. Honors-in-Neuroscience Major 58-60 SH The Honors-in-Neuroscience major is designed for students who wish to complete a major research project as part of their program of study.To complete this major, a student must complete the same lower and upper division requirements of the Neuroscience major, plus at least four semester hours of Research in Neuroscience (taken over two or more semesters) and two semester hours of Senior Thesis. NS 491E-W--Research in Neuroscience* 4 SH NS 499--Senior Thesis 2 SH * Research or Independent Study in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, or Psychology may be substituted for this requirement upon approval by the director of the Neuroscience Program after consulting with the instructor of the independent study. Candidacy must be approved by the director of the Neuroscience Program.The candidate must: 1. Select a thesis advisor and submit a preliminary thesis proposal. 2. Complete a research project for Research in Neuroscience (or equivalent) credit. 3. Complete Senior Thesis requirements by: 4. Defending his/her research before a panel of faculty. 5. Presenting his/her research in a public forum such as a lecture in a class or a presentation at a professional meeting. 6. Submitting a final thesis that conforms to APA guidelines and is approved by the faculty examination committee. Neuroscience Minor 27 SH Lower Division Requirements 15 SH BL 260--Principles of Biology: Molecular and Cellular 3 SH BL 261--Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory 1 SH BL 262--Principles of Biology: Organismic 3 SH BL 263--Organismic Biology Laboratory 1 SH NS 260--Introduction to Brain and Behavior 3 SH NS 261--Introduction to Brain and Behavior Laboratory 1 SH PY 250--General Psychology 3 SH Upper Division Requirements 12 SH NS 401--Advanced Neuroscience Methods 1 SH NS 485--Functional Neurophysiology and Neuroanatomy* 3 SH NS 486--Neurophysiology and Neuroanatomy Laboratory* 1 SH NS 487--Neuropsychology* 3 SH NS 488--Neuropsychology Laboratory* 1 SH NS 495E-W--Seminar: Current Topics in Neuroscience 3 SH * May be taken in any sequence. NEUROSCIENCE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS (NS) NS 260. INTRODUCTION TO BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR (3). Introduces the scientific study of how the brain relates to behavior. Explores how brain structure and function are involved in sensorimotor functions, motivation and emotion, cognition, and neurological disorders. Co-requisite: NS 261. NS 261. INTRODUCTION TO BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR LABORATORY (1). Introduces scientific methods used to study brain- behavior relationships such as sensorimotor, emotional, and cognitive functions as well as neurological disorders and the effects of drugs on behavior. Co-requisite: NS 260. NS 401.ADVANCED NEUROSCIENCE METHODS (1). Emphasizes current neuroscience laboratory research techniques including recording cellular activity of nervous tissue, drug effects, brain lesions, histology, microscopy, and behavioral tests for assessing brain-behavior functions in non-human nervous systems. Prerequisite(s): NS 260. Cross listing: PY 401. NS 410. NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS (3).Applies a biopsychosocial approach to understanding brain-behavior relationships through the study of diseases of the nervous system. Prerequisite(s): NS 260 or BL 260 and BL 262. Cross listing: PY 410. NOTE:A background in neuroscience or psychology, while helpful, is not essential for this course. NS 466. PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY (3). Examines relationships between brain functions and major psychoactive drugs, including drugs used to treat psychological and neurological disorders. Includes an analysis of the cellular and physiological effects of each drug on neuronal functioning as well as psychological functioning. Prerequisite(s): NS 260 or BL 260 and BL 262 or permission of instructor required. Cross listing: PY 466. NS 468. MOLECULAR, CELLULAR,AND DEVELOPMENTAL NEUROBIOLOGY (3). Focuses on the molecular, cellular, and developmental processes underlying central and peripheral nervous system development leading to neural functioning.Topics include patterning of the nervous system, birth and death of neurons, guidance of nerve processes to their targets and maintenance and plasticity of synaptic connections. Prerequisite(s): NS 260, BL 260 and BL 262 and CH 250 recommended. Cross listing: BL 468.
  3. 3. REGIS UNIVERSITY BULLETIN 2010 - 2011 139 NS 482. SENSATION AND PERCEPTION (3). Introduces the physiological and psychological processes underlying basic sensory and perceptual experience. Emphasizes psychophysical relationships established for the different sense modalities and theoretical interpretations of the sensory data. Prerequisite(s): PY 250. Cross listing: PY 482. NS 485. FUNCTIONAL NEUROPHYSIOLOGY AND NEUROANATOMY (3). Explores the functional significance of neural physiology and connectivity, including effects related to neural development, how nerve cells communicate with one another, how patterns of neural interconnections give rise to different perceptual, cognitive, and motor responses, and how neural communication is modified by experience. Co-requisite: NS 486. Prerequisite(s): NS 260 and BL 260 and BL 262 or permission of instructor. Cross listing: BL 485 and PY 485. NS 486. NEUROPHYSIOLOGY AND NEUROANATOMY LABORATORY (1). Involves laboratory experiments and computer simulations of neural functions as well as gross dissection, and historical study of Neuroanatomy. Co-requisite: NS 485. Cross listing: BL 486 and PY 486. NOTE: One three-hour laboratory per week. NS 487. NEUROPSYCHOLOGY (3). Studies the physiological and neuropsychological correlates of behavior.These include but are not limited to neural systems regulating motivation, emotion, learning, and the neuropsychological bases of cognitive processes. Physiological and psychological responses to brain injury are also examined. Co-requisite: NS 488. Prerequisite(s): NS 260. Cross listing: PY 487. NS 488. NEUROPSYCHOLOGY LABORATORY (1). Emphasizes current research techniques and neuropsychological methods for assessing cognitive functions in humans, with an emphasis on assessment of the neurobehavioral impact of cerebral lesions. Co- requisite: NS 487. Cross listing: PY 488. NS 490E-W. INDEPENDENT STUDY IN NEUROSCIENCE (3). Offers an opportunity for advanced study in independent research in neuroscience. Prerequisite(s):Approval of program director required. NS 491E-W. RESEARCH IN NEUROSCIENCE (1-3). Offers an opportunity for collaborative research in neuroscience under faculty direction. Requires oral or poster presentation. Prerequisite(s): NS 260 and permission of instructor. NS 495E-W. SEMINAR: CURRENT TOPICS IN NEUROSCIENCE (3). Focuses on a broadly defined topical area or theme in neuroscience. Neuroscience researchers with expertise in the topic present lectures on their area of research specialty. Students develop skills needed to examine background research for each lecture and explore the potential impact of the research on understanding brain function.Topics are announced prior to registration. Prerequisite(s): NS 260 and NS 485 or NS 487 and PY 419. NS 498E-W. INTERNSHIP IN NEUROSCIENCE (3). Involves placement in a clinical or research agency for advanced neuroscience students. Prerequisite(s):Approval of director of Academic Internship Program and program director required. NS 499. SENIOR THESIS (2). Students meet regularly with the thesis advisor to prepare for the defense of the research before a panel of faculty, to present the research in a public forum, and to submit a final thesis that conforms to APA guidelines and is approved by the faculty examination committee. Prerequisite(s): NS 490E-W and approval of program director required. * * * PARACURRICULAR PROGRAM Paracurricular courses are available to Regis College students as electives in their program of study. Courses are designed to complement a student’s leadership, service, or work experiences by providing the accompanying theory and critical analysis. Paracurricular courses include: • Leadership seminars from the Regis College Leadership Development Program. • Peer Assistance Program for students chosen to administer the residence hall. • Teaching Assistant Seminar for students serving as “TA’s” for the Freshman Seminars. • Service Learning Seminars to accompany service field activities. PARACURRICULAR COURSE DESCRIPTIONS (PC) PC 200A. LEADERSHIP SEMINAR: MAGIS PROGRAM (1). Surveys basic leadership skills and issues for students entering the Regis College Leadership Program. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. PC 200B. LEADERSHIP SEMINAR: MAGIS PROGRAM (1). Surveys basic leadership skills and issues for students entering the Regis College Leadership Program. Prerequisite(s): PC 200A or permission of instructor. PC 201A-D. LEADERSHIP SEMINAR: LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATION PROGRAM (1). Provides Leadership Certification students the opportunity to explore leadership lessons and integrate leadership theory into their experiences with the Leadership Certification Program activities such as Outdoor Leadership Adventures, Leadership Conferences, Networking with Alumni, and Social Justice Experiences. NOTE: Leadership Certification student must register and pay program fee of $200 before enrolling in this course.This course is required for students completing the Leadership Certification Program.

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