Neurobio Core Courses

Generally, MCB 80 must be taken before enrolling in an advanced neurobiology course (including a tutorial) for it to be counted toward concentration requirements.

Required Introductory Neurobio Courses (usually taken sophomore year)

FALL

MCB 80: Neurobiology of Behavior - an introduction to the ways in which the brain controls mental activities - Dr. Lichtman & Dr. Sanes, Q Report

SPRING

OEB 57: Animal Behavior - a study of the diverse mental activities and nervous systems shaped by evolution - Dr. Pierce and Dr. Olveczky, Q Report

Advanced Neuro Courses: Tutorials** (year long, usually taken junior year) '14-15

FALL/SPRING FULL YEAR

Neurobiology 101hfa: Novel Therapeutics in the CNS (formerly Neurobiology 95hfd) - Dr. Dubreuil, Q Report

Neurobiology 101hfb: Dopamine (formerly Neurobiology 95hfh) - Dr. Caine, Q Report

Neurobiology 101hff: Seeing Time in the Brain (formerly Neurobiology 95hfy) - Dr. Mayo, Q Report

Neurobiology 101hfi: The Neurobiology of Drug Addiction - Dr. Gutlerner, Q Report

Neurobiology 101hfj: Brain Rhythms in Cognition, Mental Health & Epilepsy - Dr. Ahmed, Q Report

Neurobiology 101hfl: Building Blocks of Neural Networks: Synapses and Circuits in Heath and Psychiatric Disease (New Course) - Dr. Banerjee

Neurobiology 101hfm: Fundamentals of Computational Neuroscience (New Course)  - Drs. Mathis and Dhawale

**All tutorials are half courses (0.5 credit) that meet throughout the year and cannot be split. Only one tutorial may count toward concentration requirements.

Required* Advanced Neurobio Courses: Foundational (taken junior or senior year)

FALL

MCB 115: Cellular Basis of Neuronal Function - biophysical and cell biological approaches to excitablility, synaptic transmission, and synaptic plasticity - Dr. Murthy, Q Report

SPRING

MCB 105: Systems Neuroscience - a study of how neural circuitry underlies animal behavior and how neural activity shapes connections during learning and memory - Dr. Engert, Q Report

Advanced Neuro Courses: Electives (usually taken junior and/or senior year)

Circuits and Systems
In 'Circuits and Systems' courses, students study how information is processed in neural pathways and how information forms and modifies neurons and/or behavior. Studies may focus on development, sleep, sensation and perception, and/or motor control.

FALL

SPRING

MCB 115: Cellular Basis of Neural Function - biophysical and cell biological approaches to excitability, synaptic transmission, and synaptic plasticity - Dr. Murthy, Q Report

MCB 105: Systems Neuroscience - a study of how neural circuitry underlies animal behavior and how neural activity shapes connections during learning and memory - Dr. Engert, Q Report

[MCB 145: Neurobiology of Perception and Decision Making - neural circuits underlying perception and behavior - Dr. Uchida, Q Report] - not offered 2014-15

MCB 141: Molecular Neurobiology - molecular basis of sensory perception and formation of related neural networks during vertebrate development - Dr. Dulac, Q Report

MCB 186: Circadian Biology - From Cellular Oscillators to Sleep Regulation - Dr. Czeisler, Q Report

MCB 146: Experience-based Brain Development- this course integrates molecular & cell biology with systems neuroscience to explore mechanisms underlying critical periods in development - Dr. Hensch, Q Report

[OEB 105: Neurobiology of Motor Control - organization, anatomy and mechanisms of movement - Dr. Olveczky, Q Report] - not offered 2014-15

[HEB 1416: Neurobiology of Sociality - a study of the modifications to neural structure and function as a result of behavioral specializations among taxa in relation to their social complexity. - Dr. Hinde, Q Report] - not offered 2014-15

[BME 110: Physiological Systems Analysis 

- Dr. Merfeld, Q Report] - not offered 2014-15

Cognitive Science
'Cognitive Science' courses focus on studying the brain regions that underlie human behavior using EEG, fMRI, pharmacological, phenomenological, and/or disease studies.

FALL

SPRING

[Psychology 1052: The application of fMRI in cognitive neuroscience research
- Dr. Xu, Q Report] - not offered 2014-15

[Psychology 1303: The Human Brain Then and Now
- Dr. Buckner, Q Report] - not offered 2014-15

Psychology 1201: Your Brain on Drugs: Psychopharmacology - Dr. Lukas, Q Report

Psychology 1304: Brain Damage as a Window into the Mind: Cognitive Neuropsychology - Dr. Caramazza, Q Report

[Psychology 1307: Brain Genomics

- Dr. Buckner, Q Report] - not offered 2014-15

Psychology 1352: Foundations of Cognitive Neuroscience Research - Dr. Buckner, Q Report

[Psychology 1354: Classic Papers on Memory

- Dr. Buckner, Q Report] - not offered 2014-15

[Psychology 1452: The Human Face
- Dr. Nakayama, Q Report] - not offered 2014-15

[Psychology 1430: Human Memory and Amnesia - current data and theory concerning human memory and amnesia from cognitive, neuroimaging, and neuropsychological perspectives - Dr. Schacter, Q Report] - not offered 2014-15

Computational and Quantitative Neurobiology
These courses use quantitative (mathematical, biophysical, and/or computational) approaches to understand the functions of neurons and neural circuits.

FALL

SPRING

[BME 110: Physiological Systems Analysis

- Dr. Merfeld, Q Report] - not offered 2014-15

MCB 131: Computational Neuroscience - Dr. Sompolinsky, Q Report

MCB 115: Cellular Basis of Neural Function - biophysical and cell biological approaches to excitability, synaptic transmission, and synaptic plasticity - Dr. Murthy, Q Report

Biomedical Engineering 130: Neural Control of Movement - Dr. Smith, Q Report

Neurobiology 230: Visual object Recognition - Computational Models and Neurophysiological Mechanisms - Dr. Kreiman, Q Report

Physics 141: The Physics of Sensory Systems in Biology - Dr. Samuel, Q Report

Development, Plasticity, and Aging
These courses focus on the mechanisms that influence how the brain changes over the life of an organism (genetic, cellular, and environmental) . In courses on early development (embryonic), students study the influence and control of genes and molecules; courses on later ages focus on how changes in neural activity and molecular function influence cell populations and connections.

FALL

SPRING

MCB 129: The Brain: Development, Plasticity, and Decline. The aim of this course is to advance your knowledge of how the neural circuitry of the brain develops, displays plasticity in maturity and declines in function with aging. - Dr. Kunes, Q Report

MCB 141: Molecular Neurobiology - molecular basis of sensory perception and formation of related neural networks during vertebrate development - Dr. Dulac, Q Report

[SCRB 160: Experimental Embryology: Stem Cells to Tissues - apply experimental and surgical approaches to illustrate critical events of embryonic development - Dr. Arlotta, Q Report] - not offered 2014-15

MCB 146: Experience-based Brain Development- this course integrates molecular & cell biology with systems neuroscience to explore mechanisms underlying critical periods in development. - Dr. Hensch, Q Report

[SCRB 180: Repair and Regeneration in the Mammalian Brain - Dr. Macklis, Q Report] - not offered 2014-15

Disease and Therapeutics
'Disease and Therapeutics' courses study disorders of the nervous system and how they are treated through pharmacological intervention or stem cell therapies.

FALL

SPRING

[SCRB 180: Repair and Regeneration in the Mammalian Brain- Dr. Macklis, Q Report] - not offered 2014-15

MCB 170: Brain Invaders: Building and Breaking Barriers in the Nervous System - Dr. Magnotti, Q Report

Psychology 1201: Your Brain on Drugs: Psychopharmacology - Dr. Lukas, Q Report

Molecular Genetics of Neurobiology
In these courses, students study how genes - and the molecules they encode - interact with the organism to influence its organization and behavior.

FALL

SPRING

OEB 145: Genes and Behaviors - genetic influence and control of behaviors in both invertebrates and vertebrate animals - Dr. Zhang, Q Report

Laboratory and Research
In 'Laboratory and Research' courses, students get hands on experience either conducting an open ended research project, learning techniques, and/or repeating classic experiments to uncover principles of neurobiology.

FALL

SPRING

LS 100r: Experimental Research in the Life Sciences: dynamic project-based research course

Note: Students must must enroll in one of the Neurobiology projects - Dr. Viel, Q Report

LS 100r: Experimental Research in the Life Sciences: dynamic project-based research course

Note: Students must must enroll in one of the Neurobiology projects - Dr. Viel, Q Report

[SCRB 160. Experimental Embryology: Stem Cells to Tissues - apply experimental and surgical approaches to illustrate critical events of embryonic development - Dr. Arlotta, Q Report] - not offered 2014-15

OEB 131: Neuroethology - experimental-based study of the adaptive behaviors of fruit flies, flatworms, and cockroaches - Dr. de Bivort, Q Report

[Psychology 1052: The application of fMRI in cognitive neuroscience research - Dr. Xu, Q Report] - not offered 2014-15

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Advanced Neuro Courses: Grad 200 level (optional)

FALL SPRING
BCMP 213†: Behavioral Pharmacology - Drs. Bergman & Paronis
Computer Science 280r: Advanced Topics in artificial Intelligence - Dr. Grosz, Q Report
[Engineering Sciences 226r: Topics in neural engineering: Learning and memory - Dr. Smith, Q Report] - not offered 2014-15
[MCB 206: Connectomics - Dr. Lichtman, Q Report] - not offered 2014-15
Neurobiology 220†: Cellular Neurophysiology - Drs. Yellen, Sabatini, Regehr, Bean, Q Report Neurobiology 209†: Neurobiology of Disease
- Dr. Kravitz, Q Report
[Psychology 2480: Human Neuropsychology/Neuroanatomy Seminar 
- Dr. Hooker, Q Report] - not offered 2014-15

OEB 223*: Topics in Neurogenetics - Dr. Zhang, Q Report

[Psychology 2185: Unconscious Processing in Vision and Action - Dr. Caramazza, Q Report] - not offered 2014-15

[Psychology 2310: Brain Mystery: What is so special about the primate parietal cortex?  - Dr. Xu, Q Report] - not offered 2014-15
SHBT 205†: Neural Coding and Perception of Sound  - Drs. Delgutte, Brown, Eddington, Guinan, Melcher, & Polley, Q Report

† Courses taught at Harvard Medical School (HMS, Longwood Campus); refer to the DMS curriculum website and click on the Fall or Spring half-course syllabi (under Courses).

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