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1000. Introduction to Physiology and Neurobiology

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to first-year students, others with consent of instructor.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

An introduction for declared and prospective Physiology and Neurobiology majors. Introduces key discoveries, current research areas, and technological innovations in physiology and neurobiology, and develops familiarity with the PNB department.

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1401. Honors Core: Computational Molecular Biology

Also offered as: BME 1401, CSE 1401, MCB 1401

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Honors Credit

Introduction to research in computational biology through lectures, computer lab exercises, and mentored research projects. Topics include gene and genome structure, gene regulation, mechanisms of inheritance, biological databases, sequence alignment, motif finding, human genetics, forensic genetics, stem cell development, comparative genomics, early evolution, and modeling complex systems. CA 3.

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2250. Animal Physiology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: BIOL 1107 and either BIOL 1108 or 1110.

Grading Basis: Graded

Physiological mechanisms and regulation in vertebrate animals.

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2264. Human Physiology and Anatomy

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: BIOL 1107; CHEM 1122 or 1124 or 1127. Not open to students who have passed PNB 2274. Must be taken prior to PNB 2265. Repeat restrictions apply; see advising.uconn.edu/repeat-policy for more information.

Grading Basis: Graded

Fundamentals of human anatomy and physiology for students in medical technology, physical therapy, nursing, and education (Sport Science). May not be counted toward the Biological Sciences or PNB majors.

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2265. Human Physiology and Anatomy

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: PNB 2264. Not open to students who have passed PNB 2275. Must be taken after PNB 2264 to count for credit. Repeat restrictions apply. See advising.uconn.edu/repeat-policy for information.

Grading Basis: Graded

Fundamentals of human anatomy and physiology for students in medical technology, physical therapy, nursing, and education (Sport Science). May not be counted toward the Biological Sciences or PNB majors.

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2274. Enhanced Human Physiology and Anatomy

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: BIOL 1107; CHEM 1124 or 1127. Not open for credit to students who have passed PNB 2264, 3264, or 4162. Must be taken before PNB 2275. Repeat restrictions apply. Go to http://www.advising.uconn.edu/repeatpolicy.php for more information.

Grading Basis: Graded

Fundamentals of human physiology and anatomy enhanced through inquiry-based laboratories.

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2275. Enhanced Human Physiology and Anatomy

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: PNB 2274. Not open to students who have passed PNB 2265. Must be taken after PNB 2274 to count for credit. Repeat restrictions apply; see advising.uconn.edu/repeat-policy for information.

Grading Basis: Graded

Fundamentals of human physiology and anatomy enhanced through inquiry-based laboratories.

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3120W. Scientific Writing in Neurobiology

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: One 2000-level course in PNB; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Principles of effective scientific writing focusing on the communication of physiology and neurobiology to lay audiences.

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3180. Field Study in Physiology and Neurobiology

1.00 - 4.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Supervised field work at an off-campus research organization or business. Activities that meet objectives consistent with a major in Physiology and Neurobiology must be planned and agreed upon in advance by the job site supervisor, the faculty coordinator and the student. May be repeated for a total of up to 6 credits. One credit may be earned for each 42 hours of pre-approved activities up to a maximum of 4 credits. May be applied towards the major with permission of department head subject to the PNB major's 3-credit research group limitation. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory). SM-2/25/08

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3251. Biology of the Brain

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: One 2000 level course in PNB or consent of instructor; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Brain functions, from molecular and cellular to overall central nervous system organization. Topics of current scientific interest.

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3252. Physiological Model Systems

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PNB 2250 or both PNB 2274and 2275 or instructor's consent; open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: an undergraduate class in basic comparative animal physiology.

Grading Basis: Graded

Advanced, in-depth examination of animal comparative physiology.

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3255. Human Neuroanatomy

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: PNB 2264 or 2274; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Anatomy of the human brain and spinal cord; emphasis on the structure and functions of major regions in the central nervous system.

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3260. Stem Cell Biology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PNB 2250 or PNB 2274. Recommended preparation: MCB 2000 or MCB 2210 or MCB 2410, any of which may be taken concurrently.

Grading Basis: Graded

Principles of stem cell biology and the use and applications of stem cells in research and therapy. Emphasis on molecular, cellular and physiological properties of stem cells, mechanisms of differentiation, use of recombinant DNA technology and application of stem cells in disease models.

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3262. Mammalian Endocrinology

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: One 2000 level course in PNB or consent of instructor; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Functions of hormones in mammalian physiology emphasizing humans.

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3263WQ. Investigations in Neurobiology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PNB 2250 or PNB 2274-2275; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011 or 3800; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Experimental investigations in neurobiology. Emphasis on designing and carrying out independent research projects, and on communicating the results.

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3264W. Molecular Principles of Physiology

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: PNB 2274, MCB 2210 or 2410 or 3010; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher; instructor consent required.

Grading Basis: Graded

Case study of a disease: genetics and inheritance patterns; molecular defects, including transcription and post-transcription defects; physiological defects; therapeutic approaches.

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3265. Comparative Endocrinology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: A 2000-level course in PNB or instructor consent. Open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

The evolution of hormonal signaling systems in invertebrates and vertebrates.

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3270. Molecular Endocrinology

Also offered as: MCB 3210

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: BIOL 1107; open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: PNB 3262.

Grading Basis: Graded

Molecular mechanism(s) of hormone action in vertebrates and invertebrates. Molecular and genetic characterization of hormones, receptors, and signal transduction, and hormone actions at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels. Includes student presentations on selected papers.

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3275. Biology of Synaptic Transmission

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: One 2000-level course in PNB or instructor consent; open to juniors or higher. Not open to students who have taken PNB 3276. Recommended preparation: MCB 2000 or 3010.

Grading Basis: Graded

Various neurotransmitter systems in the brain including anatomy, physiology, cell biology and biochemistry. Neurotransmitters, receptors and transporters at synapses. Synaptic signaling pathways and molecules. Meets first 9 weeks of the semester.

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3278. Patient and the Healer

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introductory grounding and experience for students interested in the healing professions in how patients and families experience illness, and what it's like to be a professional health provider.

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3279. Insights into Dental Science & Clinical Medicine

1.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Presentations by Medical and Dental School faculty on basic sciences supporting dental and medical clinical practices. Students taking the course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory). May be repeated for credit.

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3293. Foreign Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Special topics taken in a foreign study program. May be repeated for credit. Consent of Department Head or Key Advisor required, normally to be granted prior to the student's departure. May count toward the major with consent of Department Head or Key Advisor.

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3294. Undergraduate Seminar

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change of topic, this course may be repeated for credit.

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3295. Special Topics

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary; Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change in content, this course may be repeated for credit.

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3298. Variable Topics

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary by section; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change of topic, may be repeated for credit.

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3299. Independent Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Designed for the advanced undergraduate student who desires to pursue a special problem as an introduction to independent investigation. With a change of topic, this course may be repeated for credit.

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3340. Non-coding RNAs in Human Physiology and Disease

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: MCB 2400 or 2410; MCB 2000 or 3010; MCB 2210 or PNB 2275. Open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Non-coding RNAs: discovery, major classes, regulatory pathways, physiology, disease, research methodology.

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3350. Membrane Transport in Health and Disease

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: One 2000 level course in PNB or consent of instructor; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Fundamental mechanisms by which water and small molecules are transported across biological membranes. Biophysical and biochemical analysis of transport by diffusion, osmosis, channels, carriers and pumps in health and disease.

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3500. Cardiorespiratory Physiology

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: One 2000 level course in PNB or consent of instructor; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Cellular and molecular mechanisms controlling cardiovascular and respiratory function in health and disease.

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3700. Sensory Physiology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PNB 2274 or 3251 or instructor consent Open to juniors or higher

Grading Basis: Graded

Cellular and molecular mechanisms supporting the detection of sensory stimuli in vertebrates, invertebrates and other organisms. Detection of chemicals, touch, temperature, pain, sound, light, heat, magnetic fields, and electricity.

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4162. Neuroethology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PNB 2274 or instructor consent. Recommended preparation: PNB 3251.

Grading Basis: Graded

Neural mechanisms of stereotyped behavior in vertebrates and invertebrates, emphasizing model systems. Shaping of these systems by environmental requirements and the evolutionary histories of the animals.

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4296W. Senior Research Thesis in Physiology and Neurobiology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Three credits of PNB 3299, which may be taken concurrently; open to juniors or higher. Open only with consent of instructor and departmental honors committee. Not limited to honors students.

Grading Basis: Graded

Special research or independent investigaton for advanced undergraduates. Involves research and writing a thesis.

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4400. Biology of Nervous System Diseases

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PNB 2274 or 3251; one course from MCB 2000, 2210, 2400, 2410, or 3010; or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Basic principles of genetics, molecular and cell biology, and physiology as applied to the mechanisms of disease and repair processes in the nervous system. Topics include established concepts and areas of current research on chronic neurodegenerative, synaptic, and demyelinating disorders, acute trauma and cerebrovascular disorders, and plasticity and repair.

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