Neurobio Courses

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

Introductory Course (usually taken sophomore year)

Either of the following courses (MCB 80 and MCB 81) fulfills the required introductory neurobiology course requirement.

FALL

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

MCB 81: Fundamentals of Neuroscience - An intensive introduction to topics in neuroscience - Dr. Cox, Q Report

Foundational Course (usually taken sophomore or junior year)

Any one of the following courses fulfills the Neurobiology 'Foundational' course requirement. Additional courses from this category can be used to fulfill the 'Advanced Neurobiology Elective' courses requirement.

FALL (usually taken junior year)

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

SPRING (usually taken sophomore or junior year)

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

MCB 125 (formerly MCB 141):Molecular Basis of Behavior - How genes and molecules affect behaviors will be investigated through key examples of mammalian behaviors - Dr. Dulac,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

Advanced Neuro Courses: Tutorials** (year long, usually taken junior year)

FALL/SPRING FULL YEAR

Neurobiology 106A: Human Cognition: Reading and Writing the Neural Code - Dr. Patel, Q Report

Neurobiology 107A: Pleasure, pain and everything between: How Touch Encodes the World Around Us - Dr. ZimmermannQ Report

Neurobiology 109A: Precision Neuroscience: Neural Circuits of Individuality (New Course) - Drs. Naumann and Bahl

Neurobiology 110A: Sensing the Chemical World: From Molecules to Memory (New Course) - Dr. Tan

Neurobiology 111A: The Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (New Course) - Drs. Gilliano and Zak

**All tutorials are half courses (4 credits) that meet throughout the year and cannot be divided with credit. Only one tutorial may count toward concentration requirements.

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

MCB 125: Molecular Basis of Behavior - How genes and molecules affect behaviors will be investigated through key examples of mammalian behaviors - Dr. Dulac, Q Report

[OEB 105: Neurobiology of Motor Control - organization, anatomy and mechanisms of movement - Dr. Olveczky,Q Report] - not offered 16-17

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

BME 110 Physiological Systems Analysis
- Dr. Merfeld, Q Report

MCB 145: Neurobiology of Perception and Decision Making - neural circuits underlying perception and behavior - Dr. Uchida,Q Report

MCB 148: The Neurobiology of Pain (New Course) - This course will explore the neurobiological systems and mechanisms underlying both acute and chronic pain.- Dr. Draft

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

Psychology 1052 The application of fMRI in cognitive neuroscience research
- Dr. Xu,Q Report

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

Psychology 1202 Modern Neuroanatomy (New Course)
- Dr. Buckner

Psychology 1401: Computational Cognitive Neuroscience - simulate brain function with computer programs. Emphasis  on  learning, memory, attention, decision-making, and object perception. - Dr. Gershman, Q Report

[Psychology 1251: Circuits and Symptoms- Dr. Buckholtz, Q Report] - not offered 16-17

Psychology 1456: Clever Brain  (New Course) - Information Flow and Decision Making. - Dr. Xu

[Psychology 1303: The Human Brain Then and Now
- Dr. Buckner, Q Report] - not offered 2015-16

[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 16-17

Psychology 1451: Debugging the brain: Computational Approaches to Mental Dysfunction (New Course) - This course examines recent work applying computational models to mental disorders. - Dr. Gershman

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

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] - not offered 15-16

Neurobiology 130: Visual object Recognition - Computational Models and Neurophysiological Mechanisms - Dr. Kreiman, Q Report

[OEB 131: Neuroethology - experimental-based study of the adaptive behaviors of fruit flies, flatworms, and cockroaches - Dr. de Bivort, Q Report] - not offered in 2015-16

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

Psychology 1451: Debugging the brain: Computational Approaches to Mental Dysfunction (New Course) - This course examines recent work applying computational models to mental disorders. - Dr. Gershman

Psychology 1401: Computational Cognitive Neuroscience  - teaching students how to simulate brain function with computer programs. Special emphasis will be placed on processes like learning, memory, attention, decision-making, and object perception. - Dr. Gershman, 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. Learning how the neural circuitry of the brain develops, displays plasticity in maturity and declines in function with aging. - Dr. Kunes, Q Report] - not offered in 2016-17

MCB 125: Molecular Basis of Behavior - How genes and molecules affect behaviors will be investigated through key examples of mammalian behaviors - 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 2016-17

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 182: Got (New) Brain? Evolution's Role in Generating and Regenerating the Brain - Dr. Arlotta, Q Report

[SCRB 180: Repair and Regeneration in the Mammalian Brain - Dr. Macklis, Q Report]

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]

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

SCRB 182: Got (New) Brain? Evolution's Role in Generating and Regenerating the Brain - Dr. Arlotta, Q Report

MCB 148: The Neurobiology of Pain  - This course will explore the neurobiological systems and mechanisms underlying both acute and chronic pain.- Dr. Draft, 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 182: Got (New) Brain? Evolution's Role in Generating and Regenerating the Brain - Dr. Arlotta, Q Report

[OEB 131: Neuroethology - experimental-based study of the adaptive behaviors of fruit flies, flatworms, and cockroaches - Dr. de Bivort, Q Report] - not offered in 2016-17

Psychology 1052: The application of fMRI in cognitive neuroscience research - Dr. Xu, Q Report

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Advanced Neuro Courses: Grad 200 level (optional)

FALL SPRING
BCMP 213: Behavioral Pharmacology - Drs. Bergman & Paronis, Q Report [Computer Science 280r: Advanced Topics in artificial Intelligence - Dr. Grosz, Q Report]- not offered 2015-16
[Engineering Sciences 226r: Topics in neural engineering: Learning and memory - Dr. Smith, Q Report] - not offered 2016-17
Neurobiology 220†: Cellular Neurophysiology - Drs. Yellen, Sabatini, Regehr, Bean, Q Report [Neurobiology 209†: Neurobiology of Disease
- Dr. Kravitz, Q Report] - not offered 2015-16
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)

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