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Undergraduate Courses/Spring

MOL 451/NEU 451 (SA) Genes, Brain, and the Human Mind

Samuel S. Wang


ENROLLMENT BY APPLICATION OR INTERVIEW. DEPARTMENTAL PERMISSION REQUIRED.

How did the human brain become the most complex organ in the animal kingdom? How do genetic and environmental forces produce its capabilities and maladies? These questions have fascinated philosophers, humanists, physicians, and scientists for millennia and will be the focus of this course. The course will use human genetics and systems neuroscience to analyze topics including autism, Alzheimer disease, bipolar disorder and drug addiction. Class time will emphasize lectures, discussion, and student-generated presentations. The goal is to reach a modern understanding of how the human brain works and sometimes fails.

See instructor for complete list.

Reading/Writing assignments:
About 50 pages per week will be drawn from technical reviews and the primary research literature. At the start of each class there will be a very brief quiz based on the readings.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Quizzes - 5%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Open to Juniors and Seniors Only.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Admission to this course requires a brief application. Preference will be given to students who have taken one genetics course (e.g. MOL101, 205, 214, 215 or 342) and one neuroscience course (e.g. NEU101 or 258 or PSY 208)..

Students who are unwilling or unable to make an early morning class time should not apply. To send in an application for this course, please type http://goo.gl/33u7P in your browser.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class number

Section

Time

Days

Room

Enrollment

Status

43331

S01

8:30 - 9:50 am

M W

 

Enrolled:0 Limit:20

 

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