This page displays the schedule of Bryn Mawr courses in this department for this academic year. It also displays descriptions of courses offered by the department during the last four academic years.

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Students must choose a major subject and may choose a minor subject. Students may also select from one of seven concentrations, which are offered to enhance a student's work in the major or minor and to focus work on a specific area of interest.

Concentrations are an intentional cluster of courses already offered by various academic departments or through general programs. These courses may also be cross-listed in several academic departments. Therefore, when registering for a course that counts toward a concentration, a student should register for the course listed in her major or minor department. If the concentration course is not listed in her major or minor department, the student may enroll in any listing of that course.

Fall 2017

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
BIOL B202-001Introduction to NeuroscienceSemester / 1Lecture: 8:25 AM- 9:45 AM TTHPark 227Greif,K.
BIOL B326-001From Channels to BehaviorSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFPark 127Brodfuehrer,P.
Lab: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WPark 127
CMSC B372-001Artificial IntelligenceSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MWPark 278Kumar,D.
Laboratory: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM FPark 231
PSYC B401-001Supervised Research in NeuroscienceSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
PSYC B401-001Supervised Research in NeuroscienceSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA

Spring 2018

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
BIOL B321-001NeuroethologySemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHPark 229Brodfuehrer,P.
PSYC B218-001Behavioral NeuroscienceSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFBettws Y Coed 127Thomas,E.
PSYC B395-001PsychopharmacologySemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM MWFBettws Y Coed 100Thomas,E.
PSYC B401-001Supervised Research in NeuroscienceSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
PSYC B401-001Supervised Research in NeuroscienceSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA

Fall 2018

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

2017-18 Catalog Data

BIOL B202 Introduction to Neuroscience
Fall 2017
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. Prerequisite: One semester of BIOL 110-111 or permission of instructor.
Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Counts toward Counts toward Neuroscience

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BIOL B250 Computational Methods in the Sciences
Not offered 2017-18
A study of how and why modern computation methods are used in scientific inquiry. Students will learn basic principles of visualizing and analyzing scientific data through hands-on programming exercises. The majority of the course will use the R programming language and corresponding open source statistical software. Content will focus on data sets from across the sciences. Six hours of combined lecture/lab per week.
Quantitative Methods (QM)
Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)
Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Neuroscience

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BIOL B202 Introduction to Neuroscience
Fall 2017
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. Prerequisite: One semester of BIOL 110-111 or permission of instructor.
Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Counts toward Neuroscience

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BIOL B244 Behavioral Endocrinology
Not offered 2017-18
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: BIOL B202, PSYC B218 or PSYC H217.
Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward Neuroscience

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BIOL B250 Computational Methods in the Sciences
Not offered 2017-18
A study of how and why modern computation methods are used in scientific inquiry. Students will learn basic principles of visualizing and analyzing scientific data through hands-on programming exercises. The majority of the course will use the R programming language and corresponding open source statistical software. Content will focus on data sets from across the sciences. Six hours of combined lecture/lab per week.
Quantitative Methods (QM)
Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)
Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Counts toward Environmental Studies
Counts toward Neuroscience

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BIOL B321 Neuroethology
Spring 2018
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 toward Neuroscience

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BIOL B326 From Channels to Behavior
Fall 2017
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 B218/PSYC H217, or BIOL 202.
Counts toward Neuroscience

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BIOL B364 Developmental Neurobiology
Not offered 2017-18
A lecture/discussion course on major topics in the development of the nervous system. Lecture three hours a week. Prerequisite: BIOL 201 or 271, BIOL 202 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
Counts toward Neuroscience

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PSYC B401 Supervised Research in Neuroscience
Laboratory or field research on a wide variety of topics. Students should consult with faculty members to determine their topic and faculty supervisor, early in the semester prior to when they will begin.
Counts toward Counts toward Neuroscience

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BIOL B401 Supervised Research in Neuroscience
Laboratory or library research under the supervision of a member of the Neuroscience committee. Required for those with the concentration. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
Counts toward Neuroscience

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PSYC B401 Supervised Research in Neuroscience
Laboratory or field research on a wide variety of topics. Students should consult with faculty members to determine their topic and faculty supervisor, early in the semester prior to when they will begin.
Counts toward Counts toward Neuroscience

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CMSC B371 Cognitive Science
Not offered 2017-18
Cognitive science is the interdisciplinary study of intelligence in mechanical and organic systems. In this introductory course, we examine many topics from computer science, linguistics, neuroscience, mathematics, philosophy, and psychology. Can a computer be intelligent? How do neurons give rise to thinking? What is consciousness? These are some of the questions we will examine. No prior knowledge or experience with any of the subfields is assumed or necessary. Prerequisite: CMSC B206 or H106 and CMSC B231 or permission of instructor.
Counts toward Neuroscience

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CMSC B372 Artificial Intelligence
Fall 2017
Survey of Artificial Intelligence (AI), the study of how to program computers to behave in ways normally attributed to "intelligence" when observed in humans. Topics include heuristic versus algorithmic programming; cognitive simulation versus machine intelligence; problem-solving; inference; natural language understanding; scene analysis; learning; decision-making. Topics are illustrated by programs from literature, programming projects in appropriate languages and building small robots. Prerequisites: CMSC B206 or H106 and CMSC B231.
Counts toward Neuroscience

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BIOL B250 Computational Methods in the Sciences
Not offered 2017-18
A study of how and why modern computation methods are used in scientific inquiry. Students will learn basic principles of visualizing and analyzing scientific data through hands-on programming exercises. The majority of the course will use the R programming language and corresponding open source statistical software. Content will focus on data sets from across the sciences. Six hours of combined lecture/lab per week.
Quantitative Methods (QM)
Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)
Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Neuroscience

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PSYC B351 Developmental Psychopathology
Not offered 2017-18
This course will examine emotional and behavioral disorders of children and adolescents, including autism, attention deficit disorder, conduct disorder, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, anorexia, and schizophrenia. Major topics covered will include: contrasting models of psychopathology; empirical and categorical approaches to assessment and diagnosis; outcome of childhood disorders; risk, resilience, and prevention; and therapeutic approaches and their efficacy .Prerequisite: PSYC 206 or 209.
Counts toward Counts toward Child and Family Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Health Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Neuroscience

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PSYC B395 Psychopharmacology
Spring 2018
A study of the role of drugs in understanding basic brain-behavior relations. Topics include the pharmacological basis of motivation and emotion; pharmacological models of psychopathology; the use of drugs in the treatment of psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, and psychosis; and the psychology and pharmacology of drug addiction. Prerequisite: PSYC B218 or BIOL B202 or PSYC H217 or permission of instructor.
Counts toward Counts toward Health Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Neuroscience

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PHIL B244 Philosophy and Cognitive Science
Not offered 2017-18
Cognitive science is a multidisciplinary approach to the study of human cognition, spanning philosophy, linguistics, psychology, computer science, and neuroscience. A central claim of cognitive science is that the mind is like a computer. We will critically examine this claim by exploring issues surrounding mental representation and computation. We'll address such questions as: does the mind represent the world? Could our minds extend into the world beyond the brain and body? Is there a language of thought?
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Neuroscience

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PHIL B319 Philosophy of Mind
Not offered 2017-18
The conscious mind remains a philosophical and scientific mystery. In this course, we will explore the nature of consciousness and its place in the physical world. Some questions we will consider include: How is consciousness related to the brain and the body? Are minds a kind of computer? Is the conscious mind something non-physical or immaterial? Is it possible to have a science of consciousness, or will consciousness inevitably resist scientific explanation? We will explore these questions from a philosophical perspective that draws on relevant literature from cognitive neuroscience.
Counts toward Neuroscience

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CMSC B372 Artificial Intelligence
Fall 2017
Survey of Artificial Intelligence (AI), the study of how to program computers to behave in ways normally attributed to "intelligence" when observed in humans. Topics include heuristic versus algorithmic programming; cognitive simulation versus machine intelligence; problem-solving; inference; natural language understanding; scene analysis; learning; decision-making. Topics are illustrated by programs from literature, programming projects in appropriate languages and building small robots. Prerequisites: CMSC B206 or H106 and CMSC B231.
Counts toward Counts toward Neuroscience

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PSYC B212 Human Cognition
Not offered 2017-18
This course provides an overview of the field of Cognitive Psychology, the branch of psychology that studies how we acquire, store, process and communicate information. Over the semester we will survey classic and contemporary theory and findings on a wide range of mental processes that are used every day in almost all human activities - from attention and memory to language and problem solving - and our goal will be to understand how the human mind works! Prerequisite: PSYC B105 or H100 (Introductory Psychology), or instructor's permission.
Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward Neuroscience

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PSYC B218 Behavioral Neuroscience
Spring 2018
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).
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Neuroscience

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PSYC B323 Advanced Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience
Section 001 (Spring 2017): The Emotional Brain
Not offered 2017-18
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Counts toward Neuroscience

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PSYC B351 Developmental Psychopathology
Not offered 2017-18
This course will examine emotional and behavioral disorders of children and adolescents, including autism, attention deficit disorder, conduct disorder, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, anorexia, and schizophrenia. Major topics covered will include: contrasting models of psychopathology; empirical and categorical approaches to assessment and diagnosis; outcome of childhood disorders; risk, resilience, and prevention; and therapeutic approaches and their efficacy .Prerequisite: PSYC 206 or 209.
Counts toward Child and Family Studies
Counts toward Health Studies
Counts toward Neuroscience

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PSYC B355 Neurobiology of Anxiety, Stress and Anxiety Disorders
Not offered 2017-18
A seminar course examining the neurobiological basis of fear and anxiety and the stress that is often associated with these emotions. We will also consider anxiety and stress disorders including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, specific phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Implications for various forms of therapy for anxiety disorders, including psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy, will be addressed. Prerequisite: PSYC B218, PSYC B209, BIOL B202 or permission of instructor.
Counts toward Neuroscience

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PSYC B395 Psychopharmacology
Spring 2018
A study of the role of drugs in understanding basic brain-behavior relations. Topics include the pharmacological basis of motivation and emotion; pharmacological models of psychopathology; the use of drugs in the treatment of psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, and psychosis; and the psychology and pharmacology of drug addiction. Prerequisite: PSYC B218 or BIOL B202 or PSYC H217 or permission of instructor.
Counts toward Health Studies
Counts toward Neuroscience

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PSYC B401 Supervised Research in Neuroscience
Laboratory or field research on a wide variety of topics. Students should consult with faculty members to determine their topic and faculty supervisor, early in the semester prior to when they will begin.
Counts toward Neuroscience

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BIOL B401 Supervised Research in Neuroscience
Laboratory or library research under the supervision of a member of the Neuroscience committee. Required for those with the concentration. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
Counts toward Counts toward Neuroscience

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PSYC B401 Supervised Research in Neuroscience
Laboratory or field research on a wide variety of topics. Students should consult with faculty members to determine their topic and faculty supervisor, early in the semester prior to when they will begin.
Counts toward Neuroscience

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