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Exploring the Brain-Body Interface: The Neuroscience of Basic Survival
BIOL 373
Spring 2023
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: NS&B 373

Basic survival depends on the brain's regulation of fundamental behaviors and physiological pathways, such as eating, drinking, breathing, digestion, cardiac function, and thermal regulation. How do the brain and body communicate with each other to achieve homeostasis, different physiological states, and what goes awry in disease? How have different animals adapted to thrive under challenging environments, such as extreme temperatures, hypoxia, and resource scarcity?

In this advanced seminar, students will take a deep dive into the exciting research taking place at the brain-body interface. We will explore the main components of the peripheral nervous system, such as the vagus nerve and the dorsal root ganglia, that act as gatekeepers into our internal and external sensory worlds. We will also explore pathways in the central nervous system that regulate our basic bodily functions. By reading primary literature and review papers, as well as participating in in-class discussions, students will gain deep knowledge of this burgeoning field of neuroscience. Through short written assignments and oral presentations on topics of their choosing, students will gain skills in scientific writing and scholarship as well as in oral communication of scientific information.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM NS&B
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: BIOL213 OR NS&B213
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (BIOL)(NS&B)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

Last Updated on APR-20-2024
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