The structure and function of the nervous system with emphasis on mammalian systems but with reference to non-mammalian groups. Neuronal excitability/neurotransmission; sensory and motor systems; mechanisms of learning and memory; development and regeneration in the nervous system. Cannot be combined for credit with CMM 3350.
BIO 3137 is a laboratory course that provides students with hands-on experience working with animals. The labs deal with muscle contraction (comparing processes in skeletal, cardiac and smooth muscles), action potentials in a frog nerve, control of blood pressure in rats, signal transduction pathways in goldfish chromatophores, and aspects of human physiology such as kidney function and control of blood flow/pressure. This course brings to life many of the principles that are discussed in the three physiology lecture courses that it supports, BIO 3302 Animal Physiology II, BIO 3303 Animal Physiology I, and BIO 3305 Cellular Physiology. Offered annually in the fall term.
Through lectures, student seminars, and/or group discussions, students learn how to construct research proposals that feature high quality science. Offered in annually in the winter term.