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Developmental Biology of the Nervous System
NS&B 344
Spring 2025
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: BIOL 344

Near the top of the list of unsolved mysteries in biology is the enigma of how the nervous system constructs itself. Here is a part of our body that can make us feel happy, sad, amused, and in love. It responds to light, touch, and sound; it learns; it organizes movements; it controls bodily functions. An understanding of how this structure is constructed during embryonic and postnatal development has begun to emerge from molecular-genetic, cellular, and physiological studies.

In this course, we will discuss some of the important events in building the brain and explore the role of genes and the environment in shaping the brain. We will also discuss some disorders and dysfunctions that may happen during the neurobiology of development, such as cerebral palsy, autism, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). We will also discuss developmental disorders resulting from developmental processes that have gone astray. This is a reading-intensive seminar course emphasizing classroom discussions, with readings from a textbook and the primary scientific literature. After the classes students will have extensive opportunities for feedback and will be requested to write a simple paragraph for the next class and/or answer a small quiz, based on the new knowledge acquired. Student evaluation will include weekly quizzes and/or assessment, a mid-term and a final exam, and class participation.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM NS&B
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: NS&B213 OR BIOL213 OR PSYC240
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (NS&B)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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