2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog

Neuroscience

Students may complete a minor in Neuroscience as an adjunct to any major at Bryn Mawr or Haverford pending approval of the student’s coursework plan by their respective Neuroscience adviser.

Advisory Committee

Peter D. Brodfuehrer, Adviser for Biology
Rebecca Compton, Adviser Psychology at Haverford College
Karen F. Greif, Biology
Andrea Morris, Adviser for Biology at Haverford College
Leslie Rescorla, Psychology
Wendy F. Sternberg, Psychology at Haverford College
Anjali Thapar, Psychology
Earl Thomas, Adviser for Psychology

The desire to understand human and animal behavior in terms of nervous system structure and function is long standing. Historically, this task has been approached from a variety of disciplines including medicine, biology, psychology, philosophy and physiology. The field of neuroscience emerged as an interdisciplinary approach, combining techniques and perspectives from these disciplines, as well as emerging fields such as computation and cognitive science, to yield new insights into the workings of the nervous system and behavior.

Students may complete a minor in Neuroscience as an adjunct to any major at Bryn Mawr or Haverford pending approval of the student’s coursework plan by their respective Neuroscience adviser. The minor in Neuroscience is designed to allow students to pursue their interests in behavior and the nervous system across disciplines. The first requirement for the minor is a course that acts as a gateway to the discipline and should be taken early in a student’s academic plan.

Minor Requirements

1.     HC Psych 217 (Biological Psychology) or BMC Psych 218 (Behavioral Neuroscience) or BMC Bio 202 (Introduction to Neuroscience).
2.     Five credits from advanced courses on the following lists, with these constraints:
     a.     The five credits must sample from three different disciplines.
     b.     At least three of the five credits must be from List A (neuroscience courses); the remainder can be from List A or B (courses from allied disciplines).
     c.     At least one of the credits must be at the 300-level or higher.
     d.     One of the five credits may come from supervised senior research in neuroscience.
     e.     With permission of major and minor advisers, a student may count no more than two of the six minor credits towards the student’s major.

List of Courses

List A: Neuroscience courses

BIOL B244    Behavioral Endocrinology
BIOL B304    Cell and Molecular Neurobiology
BIOL B321    Neuroethology
BIOL B326    From Channels to Behavior
BIOL B364    Developmental Neurobiology
BIOL B401    Supervised Research in Neural & Behavioral Sciences
BIOL H309    Molecular Neurobiology
BIOL H330    Laboratory in Neural and Behavioral Science
BIOL H350    Pattern Formation in the Nervous System
BIOL H357    Topics in Protein Science [protein aggregation in neurodegenerative disease]
BIOL H403    Senior Research Tutorial in Protein Folding and Design
BIOL H409    Senior Research Tutorial in Molecular Neurobiology
PSYC B323   Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC B395   Psychopharmacology
PSYC H240 Psychology of Pain and Pain Inhibition
PSYC H260 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC B401   Supervised Research in Neural and Behavioral Sciences
PSYC H370 Neuroscience of Mental Illness
PSYC H394 Senior Research Tutorial in Biological Psychology
PSYC H395 Senior Research Tutorial in Cognitive Neuroscience

List B: Allied disciplines

BIOL B250 Computational Models in the Sciences
BIOL H302 Cell Architecture
BIOL H306 Inter and Intra Cellular Communication
BIOL H312 Development and Evolution
CMSC B250 Computational Models in the Sciences
CMSC B325 Computational Linguistics
CMSC B361 Emergence
CMSC B371 Cognitive Science
CMSC B372 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
CMSC B376 Developmental Robotics
LING H113 Introduction to Syntax
LING H114 Introduction to Semantics
LING H245 Phonetics and Phonology
PHIL B244 Philosophy and Cognitive Science
PHIL B319 Philosophy of Mind
PHIL H102 Rational Animals
PHIL H106 Philosophy of Consciousness
PHIL H110 Mind and World
PHIL H112 Mind, Myth, and Memory
PHIL H251 Philosophy of Mind
PHIL H351 Topics in Philosophy of Mind
PSYC B201 Learning Theory and Behavior
PSYC B209 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC B212 Human Cognition
PSYC B350 Developmental Cognitive Disorders
PSYC B351 Developmental Psychopathology
PSYC H213 Memory and Cognition
PSYC H220 Psychology of Time
PSYC H238 Psychology of Language

COURSES

BIOL B110 Biological Exploration I
This is a topics course. Topics vary. BIOL B110 is an introductory-level courses designed to encourage students to explore the field of biology at multiple levels of organization: molecular, cellular, organismal and ecological. Each course will explore these areas of biology through a unifying theme. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours a week.
Requirement(s): Division II with Lab
Approach: Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Neuroscience
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Greif,K., Davis,T., Skirkanich,J., Shapiro,J.

Fall 2013: Current topic description: Biology B110-001 will explore areas of biology through a unifying theme. It will center on the reading of “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer” by Siddhartha Mukherjee and will examine the biology of Cancer from perspectives of biochemistry, cell biology, genetics and genomics and physiology.

Fall 2013: Current topic description: Biology B110-002 will investigate the relationship between genotype and phenotype through analysis of inheritance patterns in families and populations and examination of the regulation and decoding of genetic information that ultimately produces whose structure/function dictates cellular activity.

Fall 2013: Current topic description: Biology B110-003, this course will explore the ways that the genomes of various organisms have been altered by nature and by human interventions, focusing on the mechanisms and effects of those genetic modifications.

BIOL B111 Biological Exploration II
This is a topics course. Topics vary. BIOL 110 is an introductory-level course designed to encourage students to explore the field of biology at multiple levels of organization: molecular, cellular, organismal and ecological. Each course will explore these areas of biology through a unifying theme. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours a week.
Requirement(s): Division II with Lab
Approach: Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Neuroscience
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Brodfuehrer,P., Skirkanich,J., Davis,G., Mozdzer,T.

Spring 2014: Current topic description: Biology B111-001, taking an ecological approach, we will use invasive species as our central theme in order to predict how organisms can affect multiple levels for biological organization from the organismal to the ecosystem level.

Spring 2014: Current topic description: Biology B111-002, this course will examine the underlying physiology associated with specific animal behaviors such as bat echolocation, and thermoregulation and bee foraging.

Spring 2014: Current topic description: Biology B111-003, this course will introduce the basic principles underlying the development of organisms and how development evolves to meet various environmental challenges.

BIOL B202 Introduction to Neuroscience
An introduction to the nervous system and its broad contributions to function. The class will explore fundamentals of neural anatomy and signaling, sensory and motor processing and control, nervous system development and examples of complex brain functions. Lecture three hours a week. Prerequisites: One semester of Bio 110-111 or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division II: Natural Science
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Neuroscience
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Greif,K.
(Fall 2013)

BIOL B244 Behavioral Endocrinology
An interdisciplinary-based analysis of the nature of hormones, how hormones affect cells and systems, and how these effects alter the behavior of animals. Topics will be covered from a research perspective using a combination of lectures, discussions and student presentations. Prerequisites: One semester of BIOL 110-111 or one of the following courses: B202, PSYC B218 or PSYC H217.
Requirement(s): Division II: Natural Science
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Neuroscience
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

BIOL B321 Neuroethology
This course provides an opportunity for students to understand the neuronal basis of behavior through the examination of how particular animals have evolved neural solutions to specific problems posed to them by their environments. The topics will be covered from a research perspective using a combination of lectures, discussions and student presentations. Prerequisite: BIOL 202, PSYC 218 or PSYC 217 at Haverford.
Counts towards: Neuroscience
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Brodfuehrer,P.
(Fall 2013)

BIOL B326 From Channels to Behavior
Introduces the principles, research approaches, and methodologies of cellular and behavioral neuroscience. The first half of the course will cover the cellular properties of neurons using current and voltage clamp techniques along with neuron simulations. The second half of the course will introduce students to state-of-the-art techniques for acquiring and analyzing data in a variety of rodent models linking brain and behavior. Prerequisites: one semester of BIOL 110-111 and one of the following: PSYC 218, PSYC 217 at Haverford, or BIOL 202.
Counts towards: Neuroscience
Crosslisting(s): PSYC-B326
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

BIOL B364 Developmental Neurobiology
A lecture/discussion course on major topics in the development of the nervous system. Some of the topics to be addressed are cell generation, cell migration, cell survival and growth, axon guidance and target specificity, synapse formation and behavioral development. Lecture three hours a week. Prerequisite: BIOL 201 or 271, BIOL 202 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
Counts towards: Neuroscience
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

BIOL B396 Topics in Neuroscience
A seminar course dealing with current issues in neuroscience. It provides advanced students minoring in neuroscience with an opportunity to read and discuss in depth seminal papers that represent emerging thought in the field. In addition, students are expected to make presentations of their own research.
Counts towards: Neuroscience
Crosslisting(s): PSYC-B396
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

PSYC B201 Learning/Behavior Analysis
This course covers the basic principles of behavior, and their application to the understanding of the human condition. Topics include the distinction between closed-loop (selection by consequences) and open-loop (elicitation and adjunctive behavior) relations, the distinction between contingency-shaped behavior and behavior under instructional control, discrimination and concept formation, choice, functional analysis of verbal behavior and awareness and problem solving. Behavior Analysis is presented as a distinct research methodology with a distinct language, as well as a distinct theoretical approach within psychology.
Requirement(s): Division II: Natural Science
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Neuroscience
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

PSYC B209 Abnormal Psychology
This course will cover the main psychological disorders manifested by individuals as they develop across the life span. The semester will begin with an historical overview of how psychopathology has been conceptualized and treated across many centuries of Western history. The course will then review the assumptions of the major models which have been formulated to explain psychopathology: the biological, the psychodynamic, the behavioral, and the cognitive. We will begin with childhood and adolescent disorders and then cover the main disorders of adults. Among the disorders covered will be: attention deficit disorder, anorexia/bulimia, conduct disorder/antisocial personality, borderline personality disorder, anxiety disorders, psychophysiological disorders, substance abuse, depression, and schizophrenia. For each disorder, we will explore issues of classification, theories of etiology, risk and prevention factors, research on prognosis, and studies of treatment. Prerequisite: Introductory Psychology (PSYC 105).
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts towards: Child and Family Studies; Neuroscience
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Neeren,A.
(Spring 2014)

PSYC B212 Human Cognition
This course deals with the scientific study of human cognition. Topics include perception, pattern recognition, attention, memory, visual imagery, language, reasoning, decision making, and problem solving. Historical as well as contemporary perspectives will be discussed, and data from cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and computational modeling will be reviewed. The laboratory consists of experiments related to these topics. Lecture three hours, laboratory 90 minutes a week. Prerequisite: Introductory Psychology (PSYC 105)
Requirement(s): Division II with Lab
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Neuroscience
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Thapar,A.
(Fall 2013)

PSYC B218 Behavioral Neuroscience
An interdisciplinary course on the neurobiological bases of experience and behavior, emphasizing the contribution of the various neurosciences to the understanding of basic problems of psychology. An introduction to the fundamentals of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and neurochemistry with an emphasis upon synaptic transmission; followed by the application of these principles to an analysis of sensory processes and perception, emotion, motivation, learning, and cognition. Lecture three hours a week. Prerequisite: Introductory Psychology (PSYC 105).
Requirement(s): Division II: Natural Science
Counts towards: Neuroscience
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Thomas,E.
(Fall 2013)

PSYC B323 Advanced Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience
A seminar course dealing with state-of-the-art developments in the cognitive neuroscience of human memory. We will cover topics related to the cognitive and neural architecture of working memory, episodic memory, semantic memory, false memory, and various forms of non-declarative memory. A strong emphasis will be placed on studies utilizing functional neuroimaging, neuropsychological investigations, and animal models. This is a topics course. Course content will vary. Prerequisite: a course in cognition (PSYC B212, PSYC H213, PSYC H260) or behavioral neuroscience (either PSYC B218 or PSYC H217).
Counts towards: Neuroscience
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

PSYC B326 From Channels to Behavior
Introduces the principles, research approaches, and methodologies of cellular and behavioral neuroscience. The first half of the course will cover the cellular properties of neurons using current and voltage clamp techniques along with neuron simulations. The second half of the course will introduce students to state-of-the-art techniques for acquiring and analyzing data in a variety of rodent models linking brain and behavior. Prerequisites: one semester of BIOL 110-111 and one of the following: PSYC 218, PSYC 217 at Haverford, or BIOL 202.
Requirement(s): Division II: Natural Science
Counts towards: Neuroscience
Crosslisting(s): BIOL-B326
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

PSYC B396 Topics in Neuroscience
A seminar course dealing with current issues in neuroscience. It provides advanced students minoring in neuroscience with an opportunity to read and discuss in depth seminal papers that represent emerging thought in the field. In addition, students are expected to make presentations of their own research.
Counts towards: Neuroscience
Crosslisting(s): BIOL-B396
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)