Neuroscience Course Descriptions

NSC 3344 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing (3 semester hours) Study of anatomic and physiologic mechanisms underlying speech respiration; phonation; articulation. Overview of the peripheral auditory system. (Same as SPAU 3344) (3-0) Y

NSC 3345 Neural Basis of Communication (3 semester hours) Organization and function of cortical and subcortical structures that underlie speech, language and hearing. Special consideration of structures and pathways typically affected in neurogenic disorders of communication. (Same as SPAU 3345) (3-0) Y

NSC 3361 Behavioral Neuroscience (3 semester hours) Introductory course that explores the nature of the brain processes underlying behavior, including consideration of basic neurophysiology and the physiology of sensation, learning, and emotion. (3-0) S

NSC 4351 Medical Neuroscience (3 semester hours) Discussions of major topics in the medical neurosciences (including coma, stroke, dementia, muscle diseases, etc.) with discussion of neurologic symptoms, signs, and diseases. Coverage of their diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment for students considering advanced medical training. Prerequisite: NSC 3361. (0-3) Y

NSC 4352 Cellular Neuroscience (3 semester hours) The cell biology and cellular physiology of the neuron. Growth and maintenance of dendrites, axons and synapses, and the underlying processes of macromolecule synthesis, packaging, and transport are the central biological issues. Electrical signaling, ion channel functions, and synaptic transmission are covered. Prerequisite: NSC 3361. (3-0) Y

NSC 4353 Neuroscience Laboratory Methods (3 semester hours) This laboratory course provides hands-on experience with the use of electrophysiological techniques for the analysis of living neural preparations. (This course fulfills the advanced writing requirement for Neuroscience majors and 3 hours of the Communication component of the Core Curriculum). Prerequisite: NSC 3361 and either NSC 4352 or NSC 4356. (0-3) S

NSC 4354 Integrative Neuroscience (3 semester hours) Examines the collective behavior of neuronal systems with respect to sensory processing, motor control, and the plasticity regulating more advanced behavioral, motivational, and cognitive functions. Pre- or corequisite: NSC 3361. (3-0) Y

NSC 4355 Advanced Neuroscience Laboratory (3 semester hours) This laboratory course exposes students to a structured research project, with topics selected in consultation with the instructor. It requires students to develop a rationale for experiments and to interpret their results. Each student writes a publication-style paper with reference to the scientific literature. Prerequisite: NSC 4353. (0-3) R

NSC 4356 Neurophysiology (3 semester hours) This course focuses on the elements of neural functions ranging from the kinetics of channels in excitable membranes to the collective behavior of real neural networks. Prerequisite: NSC 4352. (3-0) Y

NSC 4357 Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (3 semester hours) Current research and theory on modifications in the nervous system that may underlie memory. Includes overviews of synaptic physiology and behavioral pharmacology, and concepts of neural plasticity revealed from research findings. Prerequisite: NSC 4354. (3-0) T

NSC 4358 Neurobiology of Pain (3 semester hours) A review of the anatomical and physiologic basis for different forms of pain, with an emphasis on similarities and differences between different forms of pain. Basic neural processing of pain signals in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord and the brain, including the anatomy and function of the ascending and the descending systems are covered. Prerequisite: NSC 3361. (3-0) T

NSC 4359 Cognitive Neuroscience (3 semester hours) Examines how modern cognitive neuroscientists explore the neural underpinnings of perception, memory, attention, language and emotion. Investigates how the brain-bases of these functions are uncovered by ingenious observations of clinical populations (including brain-damaged and schizophrenic patients), animal and human electrophysiological techniques, and powerful new functional neuroimaging tools. Prerequisite: PSY 2301. (Same as CGS 4359 and PSY 4359) (3-0) Y

NSC 4363 Neuropharmacology (3 semester hours) A survey of neurotransmitter functions with special emphasis on effects in the central nervous system. Emphases on ion channels and receptors, and on neurotransmitter metabolism, transport and release. Mechanisms of action from the subcellular to whole organism level are discussed. Prerequisite: NSC 4352 or NSC 4354. (3-0) Y

NSC 4366 Neuroanatomy (3 semester hours) Introduction to the anatomical organization and basic functional principles of the major sensory, motor, associational, and modulatory systems of the human brain. Students learn to identify visually specific structures on slides, magnetic resonance images (MRI), and dissected brain specimens in relation to neural pathways and system interconnections. This course provides a basis for a general understanding of the human brain and its functions in relation to disease and behavior. Prerequisite: NSC 3361 or BIOL 2311. (3-0) Y

NSC 4367 Developmental Neurobiology (3 semester hours) Examines the processes guiding the proliferation, differentiation and migration of neurons as they form transient or long-lasting connections and circuits. Prerequisite: NSC 4352 or NSC 4354. (3-0) Y

NSC 4368 Computational Neuroscience (3 semester hours) Students learn to make and run simulations of neurons and small networks of neurons. Exploration and testing of different network topologies encouraged. Prerequisite: NSC 4356. (Same as CGS 4368) (3-0) R

NSC 4370 Neuroendocrinology (3 semester hours) A detailed examination of central nervous system regulation of the endocrine system, primarily via the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. Examines feedback effects of hormonal actions on neuronal function. Prerequisite: NSC 4366. (3-0) T

NSC 4371 Neural Plasticity (3 semester hours) Review of the basic principles of neural plasticity. Special emphasis on cortical or subcortical plasticity related to development, recovery from injury and adaptations to the external world involved in learning and memory. Prerequisite: NSC 3361. (3-0) T

NSC 4373 Sensory Neuroscience (3 semester hours) Review of the basic principles of neural information processing, with emphasis on the central nervous system processes underlying one or more sensory modalities. Readings and discussion of classic and modern primary papers. Prerequisite: NSC 3361. (3-0) T

NSC 4374 Neuroplasticity in Disorders of the Nervous System (3 semester hours) The symptoms and signs of multiple disorders caused by reorganization or plasticity of the central nervous system. A review of the neural plasticity underlying the pathophysiology of disorders such as chronic pain, tinnitus, balance disorders, spasticity, etc., i.e. a “dark side” of plasticity not widely recognized. Prerequisite: NSC 4352. (3-0) T

NSC 4375 Honors Seminar (3 semester hours) A course for students who conduct undergraduate thesis research in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. The seminar explores the different types of thesis research, current research opportunities in the school, and appropriate techniques for writing the thesis proposal and final thesis report. Broader issues of professional development are also explored. Permission of associate dean required. This course is required for all students seeking School Honors (minimum GPA of 3.4 & 30 hours at UTD). Recommended, but not required, for students seeking University magna or summa cum laude honors. (Same as CGS 4375, CLDP 4375, PSY 4375, and SPAU 4375) (3-0) R

NSC 4376 Neurobiology of Stress (3 semester hours) Studies of the effects of stressors (specific and nonspecific) on bodily systems, with respect to health and disease and maintenance of homeostatic equilibria. Neural, endocrine, and immune interactions will be assessed. Prerequisite: NSC 4354. (3-0) T

Special Topics

Topics under the following course number vary from semester to semester. The class schedule for the current semester will list the special topic that will be offered.

NSC 4V90 Special Topics in Neuroscience (1-6 semester hours) May be repeated for credit as topics vary (9 hours maximum). (Same as CGS 4V90, CLDP 4V90, PSY 4V90, and SPAU 4V90) ([1-6]-0) R

Independent Study

The following independent study courses are advanced individualized projects to be arranged with a supervising professor. Open only to qualified students by consent of instructor. Students must contact professor and design a contract for study prior to enrollment. Permission forms are available in the Office of the Associate Dean. Students may enroll in no more than a total of 6 semester credit hours of the independent study courses during one semester, and may take a maximum of 20 percent of the total hours of course work undertaken at UT Dallas or 12 semester hours, whichever is smaller.

NSC 4394 Internship in Neuroscience (3 semester hours) Students earn course credit for field experience in an applied setting. Requires working at least 8 hours per week at an approved community agency or business of the student's choice. Students keep daily job diaries, attend one class meeting per month, and write brief papers relevant to their experiences. Open to all students who have reached junior or senior standing (more than 53 hours). Apply for placements in the dean’s office. Must be taken on pass/fail basis. (Same as CGS 4394, CLDP 4394, PSY 4394 and SPAU 4396) (3-0) S

NSC 4397 Thesis Research (3 semester hours) An independent study in which the student writes a thesis under faculty supervision. Permission of instructor and Associate Dean required. (3-0) S

NSC 4V96 Teaching Internship (1-3 semester hours) Students work individually with faculty member in preparing and presenting course materials and tutoring students. Must have completed the relevant course with a grade of at least B. Permission of the instructor and Associate Dean required. Taken on a Pass/Fail basis. May be repeated for credit (6 hours maximum). ([1-3]-0) S

NSC 4V98 Directed Research (1-3 semester hours) Student assists faculty with research projects or conducts a research project under weekly faculty supervision. Taken on a Pass/Fail basis. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). ([1-3]-0) S

NSC 4V99 Individual Study (0-3 semester hours) Student studies advanced topics under weekly faculty supervision. Permission of the instructor and Associate Dean required. Taken on Pass/Fail basis. May be repeated for credit (6 hours maximum). ([0-3]-0) S