A spongy, three-pound mass of tissue -- the brain -- controls every aspect of the body, ranging from circulation and appetite to emotion and memory. Because the brain shapes our thoughts, beliefs, hopes, dreams, and imaginations, the brain is what makes us human. By the end of the first semester, students understand the structure of the brain and how the brain senses, thinks, behaves, and creates memories for learning and language, as well as how the environment (stress, diet, exercise and time) impacts the brain. We also explore brain diseases, disorders, and treatments. Armed with this solid foundation in neuroscience, students spend the second semester learning to think like doctors. In this project-based class, students engage in individual research projects and seminar-style problem solving. Utilizing neuroscience as a foundation to explore any human biology topic, students are guided through a self-designed, long-term research project. This course is designed for students who are considering college majors in a medical or health related field, such as medicine, psychology, occupational therapy, neural or biomedical engineering, public health, lab neurobiology research, radiology or imaging, speech-language pathology, or kinesiology.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of one year of high school laboratory science or instructor permission
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