Teaching

BioSci 1500: Introduction to Biological Systems
Undergraduate Course, 5 credits

Basic concepts and principles of the structure and function of living systems, from cells to populations. Foundation course for science students intending to complete a 3-semester sequence that also includes genetics and cell biology. Prerequisites: Mathematics [MATH] 1100/1120 and high school chemistry.

 

BioSci 3700: Animal Physiology
Undergraduate Course, 5 credits

This course is intended for students who have a general interest in human physiology or the health-related professions. It includes fundamental concepts of molecular, cellular, and systems physiology to understand how the body functions and maintains a steady state. Although some medical examples may be used to illustrate general physiological principles, this is not a course directly in medical physiology. Still, the core of physiological knowledge that you will learn by taking Animal Physiology will help you better understand human health and disease.  Comparative aspects are also considered through independent study of comparative systems, culminating in three short comparative papers written by students throughout the semester.

 

BioSci 4580: Computational Neuroscience
Undergraduate Course, 4 credits

Computational Neuroscience is an emerging interdisciplinary field that links the diverse fields of neurobiology and quantitative sciences. This interdisciplinary course, which is team-taught by faculty from biology and engineering, will introduce this exciting and growing field. We will explore basic concepts of neurobiology at the cellular and network level and study their representation in computational models. In the laboratory component, students will use state-of-the-art equipment to record neuronal activity at various levels. In the modeling component, students will develop neuron models to explain and expand upon the observed biological concepts using the modeling software NEURON. Students will work in interdisciplinary teams of biology and engineering students. The course will provide a basic understanding of how behavior is generated by nervous systems, i.e., neurons to behavior.