Psychology
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Neuroscience Fall 2016

Undergraduate

300-Level Courses in NEUR

NEUR 327: Cellular, Neurophysiological, and Pharmacological Neuroscience (3 Credits)

Basic concepts of cellular and molecular level neuroscience, including neuronal functions, cellular anatomy and membrane functions, electrical properties of neurons, and cellular basis of plasticity. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: CHEM 211, PSYC 375 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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NEUR 335: Molecular, Developmental, and Systems Neuroscience (3 Credits)

In-depth survey of genetic and embryological development of the brain and introduction to systems neuroscience, including sections on patterning gene expression, generation and migration of neurons, axonal and dendritic outgrowth, and basic neuroanatomy. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: PSYC 373 (may also be enrolled concurrently), PSYC 376.
Schedule Type: Laboratory, Lecture

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

400-Level Courses in NEUR

NEUR 405: RS: Laboratory Methods in Behavioral Neuroscience (3 Credits)

Introduction to experimental methods used in behavioral neuroscience research. Laboratory work includes surgical, histological and behavioral techniques. Proper use and handling of animals, ethical issues, evaluation of neuroscience literature, experimental design and data analysis are addressed. This requires working with laboratory rodents. Equivalent to NEUR 395.
Specialized Designation: Research/Scholarship Intensive
Recommended Prerequisite: PSYC 300, BIOL 312 or equivalent. PSYC 372 or PSYC 376 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Laboratory

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NEUR 410: Current Topics in Neuroscience (3 Credits)

Overview of current topics in neuroscience, focusing on research at Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: PSYC 375, 376, ENGH 302. NSCI 327 recommended.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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NEUR 411: Seminar in Neuroscience (3 Credits)

Advanced seminar on a selected topic in neuroscience. Includes in depth reading and discussion of current research in human and nonhuman animals, with an emphasis on critical evaluation. Notes: Course may be repeated if selected topic is different. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: PSYC 375, 376, ENGH 302. NEUR 327 and NEUR 335 recommended.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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NEUR 461: Special Topics in Neuroscience (1-3 Credits)

Selected topics reflecting in specialized areas of neuroscience. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 12 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: PSYC 372, 375, or equivalent or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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Graduate

600-Level Courses in NEUR

NEUR 601: Developmental Neuroscience (3 Credits)

Introduction to developmental neurobiology with overview of embryological development of the nervous system. Topics include neural induction, patterning/cell fate specification, and neural circuit assembly together with modern molecular methods for exploring neural development. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of 60 credits, including PSYC 372 or BIOL 213 or BIOL 303.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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NEUR 602: Cellular Neuroscience (3 Credits)

Detailed overview of the functioning and interactions of the cellular elements of the central nervous system. Topics include structure and function relationships, the chemical, physical, and electrical basis of neural signaling, local versus long-distance signaling, generation of action potentials, and essentials of synaptic communication. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to the PhD program in Neuroscience or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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NEUR 651: Molecular Neuropharmacology (3 Credits)

Presents key concepts in cellular and molecular neuropharmacology Provides an in-depth survey of receptor driven cell function, which includes recent topics in cell structure, membrane function, electrical properties of neurons and intracellular signaling. Enables an introduction to research tools and rends in study of neuronal systems via a reading and an analysis of the primary literature. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: NEUR 602 or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

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700-Level Courses in NEUR

NEUR 703: Laboratory Rotation and Readings (3 Credits)

Intensive introduction to a research laboratory in neuroscience. The student will read background material pertinent to the problem under study, learn and practice research methods of the laboratory, and formulate a short final project, which may be a proposal or an actual project, demonstrating some mastery of the techniques and approaches employed. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to the PhD program in Neuroscience.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Independent Study

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900-Level Courses in NEUR

NEUR 998: Dissertation Proposal (1-6 Credits)

Covers development of a research proposal under guidance of dissertation director and doctoral committee. Proposal forms the basis for the doctoral dissertation. Notes: No more than a total of 24 credits in NEUR 998 and 999 may be applied toward satisfying doctoral degree requirements. Out of the 24, no more than 12 credits of NEUR 998 may be applied. May be repeated within the degree.
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to the Neuroscience Ph.D. program.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Dissertation

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NEUR 999: Doctoral Dissertation (1-12 Credits)

Doctoral research performed under the direction of the dissertation director. Notes: No more than a total of 24 credits in NEUR 998 and 999 may be applied toward satisfying doctoral degree requirements. Students must email mhayes5@gmu.edu for permission and CRN to register. May be repeated within the degree.
Recommended Prerequisite: Advancement to candidacy in the Neuroscience Ph.D. program. Students must email mhayes5@gmu.edu for permission and CRN to register.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Dissertation

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1 Section Currently Scheduled