PS 226: Introduction to Neuroscience (4 with 2-hr lab, every spring): J. Turner
An introduction to the brain. Topics include brain structure, function and development, and the brain basis for a variety of normal and abnormal human behaviors. Laboratory included. Offered spring semesters. Prerequisite: An Introductory Course in Psychology or Biology (PS101, BI101, or BI107).
PS 327: Sensory and Motor Systems (4, every other year): J. Turner
A survey of all major sensory (vision, hearing, balance, touch, taste, smell) and motor systems and how we organize and interpret sensory information in the brain to understand and interact with the external world. Prerequisite: PS 226.
PS 361: Neuropharmacology: Drugs & Behavior (4, every other year): J. Turner
A survey of chemical communication in the brain and related structures as it relates to both recreational and therapeutic drugs. Psychotherapeutic drugs covered include antidepressants, anxiolytics, and antipsychotics. Recreational drugs include both commonly used alcohol, caffeine, nicotine . for depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, ADHD), legal drugs of abuse (e.g. alcohol, caffeine and nicotine), and illegal drugs of abuse (e.g., methamphetamine, opiates, Hallucinogens, club drugs) are surveyed. Attention is also given to the intersection of drugs and society, drug use as a problem, drug regulation, and the FDA process or drug development. Prerequisite: PS226.
PH 170: Philosophy of Mind (4, every other year): J. Laumakis
As the scientific study of the human mind, psychology arose from philosophy. In this course, we will study the historical background and current broader context for psychology by examining philosophical views of the human mind. We will focus on (1) the nature of the self, including the mind-body problem and personal identity, (2) the self’s ways of knowing and communicating, including sensation, perception, imagination, understanding, thinking, and language, and (3) the self’s awareness, that is, consciousness. What is the human mind? How does the human mind know? What does human language reveal about the human mind? What is human consciousness? These are the primary questions we will consider in reading traditional and recent works in philosophy of mind. (BLUEprint - Social, Spiritual & Philosophical Issues)
PO 298: Biology and Politics (4, every other year): D. Wendell
This course explores the biological and neuroscientific nature of our political behavior. Are human beings born to be political animals, as Aristotle noticed? Are our political identities hardwired within our brains? The project of understanding the political self has always been interdisciplinary, and researchers today are increasingly turning to the biological sciences to seek better understanding of political cognition. This seminar begins with discussions of human beings as political animals with evolutionary roots, and then proceeds into a deep investigation of how evolutionary theory, psychophysiology, and cognitive neuroscience contribute to our understanding of politics today.
PS 330: Behavioral Genetics (4, every other year): C. Vasquez-O’Brien
An introduction to the theory and methodology of behavior genetic psychology. Includes twin and adoptive studies, family designs, and molecular genetic approaches to psychology. Prerequisites: PS 101 and PS 243 (or other statistics course) or consent of instructor. (BLUEprint - Ethical & Responsible Action, Information Literacy, Statistical Literacy Component, Connected Course which can be -- if all requirements met -- connected sequentially to BI 207 if the BI course is completed in the previous semester)
BI 328: Animal Behavior (4, every other year): B. Arnold
The behavior of animals as revealed by the ethological approach. Orientation, learning, social behavior, migration, and agonistic behavior. Three class hours and one two-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: BI 110 or consent of instructor. (See PS 328.)