Courses

Neurobiology Lab: Measuring action and synaptic potentials in Helisoma ganglia.

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Biology 103 – Sensory Biology This course examines the biology of sensation in humans and other organisms. It focuses on the chemical (taste, smell) and mechanical (touch, hearing) senses, and includes other topics such as electroreception in fish, magnetoreception in migrating animals, and vision in vertebrates and invertebrates. Laboratory exercises examine our own senses (why, for example, do peppers seem hotter to some humans than others?), as well as those of other organisms, such as aversive behaviors to chemical or tactile stimuli in invertebrates, and reaction to touch in carnivorous plants.

Biology s42 – Cell and Molecular Biology A view of life at the cellular and molecular levels. Topics include cellular energetics, membrane phenomena, genetics, and molecular biology. Laboratory studies include enzymology, bacterial transformation, the light reactions of photosynthesis, Mendelian genetics, bioinformatics and DNA analysis using gel electrophoresis and polymerase chain reaction. Quantitative analysis of data and peer-reviewed scientific writing are emphasized. This course is required for the biology, biological chemistry, and neuroscience majors. Prerequisite(s): Biology 190 and Chemistry 108A or Chemistry/Environmental Studies 108B. Not open to students who have received credit for Biology s42.

Biology 308/Neuroscience – Neurobiology
This course is designed to teach students about the cellular basis of signaling in the nervous systems of vertebrate and invertebrate animals. Laboratory exercises are included in which students can test for themselves what variables control neuron function. Check out the new neurobiology laboratory by clicking an image.

Biology 338 – Drug Actions on the Nervous System
In this lecture and discussion class students learn about how drugs interact with neurotransmitter systems in the brain and nervous system. Students help design the course by choosing topics of interest and presenting information to the class about their topics.

Biology 476 – Seminar and Research in Neurobiology
This seminar and research course is designed to allow students to do independent or group research projects in collaboration with the instructor. A small number of students (up to 6) work in the research laboratory of the instructor to gain experience in laboratory science. Project topics include those that are similar to the instructor’s research interests.

FYS 372 – Sensory curiosities: The biology of non-human sensory systems

Humans are aware of the handful of senses that we utilize in evaluating our world, but are less familiar with some of the more “exotic” senses found in non-human animals. In this seminar we explore these less familiar senses that allow animals to navigate during migration and food gathering (sometimes at night), and to select mates and identify con-specifics by utilizing non-visual cues. Through readings, writing and videos, students examine the senses of bats, dolphins, insects, birds and fish to better understand the wealth of sensory information around us, whether or not we are capable of using these stimuli ourselves.

BIO s44. Experimental Neuro/Physiology.
A study of contemporary research techniques in the fields of neurobiology, physiology, and pharmacology. Topics may include the pharmacology of recombinant neurotransmitter receptors or the physiology and pharmacology of invertebrate neurons. This course requires extensive laboratory work in independent projects. Prerequisite(s): Biology 242. Enrollment limited to 12. Instructor permission is required.  Recent offerings of this course included two weeks of research at the Mount Deseert Island Biological Laboratory (photos link).