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NSCI 6030 Neuroscience Seminar [1 Credit]
Instructor: Staff
Neuroscience Seminar meets approximately once per week. Local and visiting neuroscientists present their latest research. Seminars are held on both Uptown and Downtown campuses depending on speaker affiliation.

NSCI 6040 Trends in Neuroscience [1 Credit]
Instructor: Staff
This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to present and discuss research results from the literature or their own work. The course consists of a journal club, where students present papers taken from the neuroscience literature.

NSCI 6060 Behavioral Endocrinology [3 Credits]
Instructors: Dohanich/Wee
An introduction to the roles of steroid and peptide hormones in physiology and behavior. Lectures focus on the hormonal mechanisms that control reproductive and regulatory functions in human and infrahuman species.

NSCI 6070: Neurobiology of Aging
Instructor: Cronin

NSCI 6110 Brain and Language [3 Credits]
Instructor: Howard
The goal of this course is to learn how the brain is organized to produce and comprehend language and to understand the linguistic disorders attendant on brain damage. There is an optional service learning component in which students can work with a speech therapist at a local healthcare provider.

NSCI 6130: Sports Related Brain Injury
Instructor: Juengling

NSCI 6150 Methods in Neuroscience [3 Credits]
Instructors: Black/Clark
A lecture course exposing students to contemporary theories and techniques used by Tulane neuroscientists in their own research programs. The course is taught by faculty members representing several departments from both the Main Campus and the Health Sciences Center.

NSCI 6200 General Endocrinology [3 Credits]
Instructors: Clark
This course explains the basics of hormone action and hormone interactions with their receptors, with an emphasis on the molecular mechanisms by which homeostasis is maintained in multicellular organisms. Physiological outcomes of hormone actions on different organs, as well as aberrant hormone action will be covered.

NSCI 6220 Neural Engineering [3 Credits]
Instructor: Moore
In recent years, a number of technologies have been developed and utilized for probing the nervous system. This course focuses on microscale tools, technologies, and techniques employed for the control, manipulation, and study of the nervous system in vitro. Course material will be presented primarily by students who prepare presentations from extensive background literature review. A number of projects will be assigned as design challenges in which multiple interdisciplinary groups will research and present proposed solutions to the same challenge.

NSCI 6310 Cellular Neuroscience [3 Credits]
Instructor: Tasker
Introduction to the basic principles of the neurosciences, including cellular and molecular neurobiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of simple invertebrate and vertebrate systems, neural development, neuropharmacology and synaptic organization of higher neural systems.

NSCI 6320 Systems Neuroscience [3 Credits]
Instructor: Schrader
The subject of this course is the human nervous system, its anatomy, connectivity and function. Discusses the normal structure of the nervous system and the relationship of that structure to physiological function. The course is taught from a practical, clinical point of view and is intended to prepare students for further study in the neurosciences.

NSCI 6330 Neurobiology of Learning and Memory [3 Credits]
Instructors: Daniel/Harrison
An introduction to the neural mechanisms that control learning and memory. Lectures will cover the cellular basis of learning and memory as well as the neural structures and systems that mediate learned behavior.

NSCI 6340 Neurobiology of Disease [3 Credits]
Instructor: Cronin
Advanced course on the higher neural functions of the nervous system and neurological diseases resulting from disruption of these functions. An emphasis is placed on the physiology of the nervous system and neural biochemical disorders.

NSCI 6350: Developmental Neurobiology
Instructor: Clark

NSCI 6365 Comparative Neuroanatomy Lab [1 Credit]
Instructor: Clark
This course focuses on the relevant similarities and differences of model systems in the neurosciences. Students in the laboratory will engage in an intensive comparative study of the structural and functional anatomy of commonly used living model systems. Hands-on dissections of the nervous system from various species is utilized to reinforce learning, demonstrate how the nervous system is modified to match body type and lifestyle, and to give students experience in practical skills for neuroscience research. In addition, students will pursue an independent project on a protein of their choice. Students will use a literature search to try to map the relative expression of this protein across the nervous system.

NSCI 6370 Molecular Neurobiology [3 Credits]
Instructor: Huang
Introduction to the molecular biology of neurons and neuronal functions. Topics of study will include: the molecular composition of nerve cells, and how this provides a basis for their functional properties; their synaptic connectivity; how they receive, transmit, and retain information at a molecular level. Studies will focus on current research in the field of molecular neurobiology.

NSCI 6400 Neuroscience Applied [3 Credits]
Instructor: Wee
This course is designed for neuroscience graduate students to help them utilize and apply their skills and knowledge of neuroscience and to help prepare them for their future professions. The course consists of individual and group presentations, discussion of selected readings, career preparation activities, invited speakers, evaluation/feedback, and a final project and students develop their critical thinking, analytical and communication skills. For graduate students only.

NSCI 6450 Genome Biology [3 Credits]
Instructor: Earls
Genome-level science is changing the pace of biomedical research and medicine. This course will examine how whole genomes, transcriptomes, and proteomes are studied, and what we are learning about the biology of multiple organisms using these novel techniques. Epigenetics, genomics, and proteomics will be covered in the context of disease and the development of novel therapeutics.

NSCI 6530 Psychopharmacology [3 Credits]
Instructor: Dohanich
An introduction to the effects of psychoactive agents on the nervous system. Lectures emphasize the mechanisms by which drugs regulate neurotransmitter systems to alter psychological and physical states.

NSCI 6550 Synaptic Organization of the Brain [3 Credits]
Instructor: Schrader
The goal of this course is to discuss and understand functional connections within and between areas of the brain to lead to a greater understanding of brain function and behavior. We will focus on limbic and memory systems. A strong emphasis will be placed on in-class discussions and student presentations to enhance critical thinking and oral presentation skills.

NSCI 6590 Stress and Trauma [3 Credits]
Instructor: Overstreet
This course provides an overview of the psychobiological bases of stress and trauma reactions and related psychological disorders.

NSCI 6730 Neurodevelopment and Disease [3 Credits]
Instructor: Galazo
The assembly of a functional nervous system is one of the most complex developmental processes in nature. This course provides advance knowledge on the mechanisms controlling nervous system development, at the cellular, circuit, and functional levels, and how failure on these mechanisms underlie neurodevelopmental disorders. Also, this course will introduce the student to most current techniques and research topics on neurodevelopment.

NSCI 7030: Cognitive Neuroscience
Instructor: Markant

NSCI 7100 Special Topics in Neuroscience [1-6 Credits]
Instructor: Staff
This course is designed to allow students freedom in designing their program of study. Under this course designation, a student can, with the approval of the advisor, design and name a specific course that is appropriate to a specific program of study and that can be utilized by other students. Often under these circumstances the course is referred to as “independent studies.” NSCI 7100 allows registration for courses offered elsewhere that are approved by the advisor and/or Neuroscience Program director. New courses sometimes are offered first through NSCI 7100. Smaller courses derived from larger neuroscience courses that are formally designed can also be registered for under NSCI 7100.

NSCI 7110 Graduate Neuroscience [3 Credits]
Instructor: Tasker
This course is designed to present information about neuroscience to graduate students. The focus is on molecular and cellular neurobiology, with blocks on neurophysiology, synaptic physiology, neurotransmitter receptors and their signal transduction mechanisms, learning and memory, and the basic processes of neural development.

NSCI 7120 Graduate Neuroscience II [3 Credits]
Instructor: Clark
This course is concerned with the structure and function of the human nervous system. In addition to lectures, this course provides hands-on examination of neuroanatomical structures. Most neuroscience research requires a working knowledge of the structural components of the nervous system as the basis of understanding conceptual aspects of nervous system function. This course is designed to provide a clear and concise account of the anatomy of the human nervous system in sufficient detail to understand the main functions and common disorders which impact the nervous system. This method will demonstrate how knowledge of neuroanatomy can aid in understanding clinical symptoms and emphasizes those areas of neuroanatomy which are particularly relevant to human neurological disorders. In addition, this course will focus on some broad aspects of human neuroscience and how they are rooted in the structure of the nervous system.

NSCI 7260: Graduate Communications
Instructor: Earls

NSCI 7450 Genome Biology [3 Credits]
Instructor: Earls
Genome-level science is changing the pace of biomedical research and medicine. This course will examine how whole genomes, transcriptomes, and proteomes are studied, and what we are learning about the biology of multiple organisms using these novel techniques. Epigenetics, genomics. and proteomics will be covered in the context of disease and the development of novel therapeutics.

NSCI 7981 Research in Neuroscience [1-3 Credits]
Instructor: Staff
Laboratory research for graduate students.

NSCI 9980 Masters Thesis Research
Instructor: Staff
Laboratory research for M.S. students completing their thesis. Non-graded.

SCEN 6030 Anatomy and Physiology I
Instructor: Dancisak
The course objectives are to learn to identify the principal components of the musculoskeletal, peripheral nervous, and central nervous systems and to be able to relate the structures and their functions.

SCEN 6035 Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I
Instructor: Dancisak

SCEN 6040 Anatomy and Physiology II
Instructor: Dancisak

SCEN 6045 Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory II
Instructor: Dancisak

CELL 6010 Cellular Biochemistry [3 Credits]
Instructor: Staff
Structure and function of biological molecules, energetics, metabolism, synthesis of macromolecules and assembly of structures.

CELL 6030 Molecular Biology [3 Credits]
Instructor: Staff
Introduction to theory and applications of molecular biology.

CELL 6080 Advanced Developmental and Cell Biology II [3 Credits]
Instructor: Jones
Lectures, readings, and discussion of the literature in the fields of cellular, developmental, and molecular biology.

CELL 6110 Cells and Tissues [4 Credits]
Instructor: Staff
Emphasis on modern techniques and their applications to research on cell and tissue structure, physiology, and biochemistry. Lectures and laboratory.

CELL 6130 Embryology [4 Credits]
Instructor: Han
Anatomical study of developmental processes in humans. Lectures and online laboratory.

CELL 6160 Developmental Biology [3 Credits]
Instructor: Chen
The origin and development of form and patterns in organisms. Recent investigations and research methodology on the processes of growth and differentiation are stressed.

CELL 6210 Cellular Physiology [3 Credits]
Instructor: Cronin
A survey of vertebrate anatomy and physiology emphasizing the cellular and molecular basis or organ function. This course emphasizes modern experimental approaches for exploring physiological function of a variety of organ systems.

CELL 6220 Microbiology
Instructor: Mullin

CELL 6440 Advanced Molecular Biology [3 Credits]
Instructor: Staff
Current topics in molecular biology with emphasis on higher-order chromatin structure and transcription, mutability, and DNA repair mechanisms in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Other topics include: Nuclear hormone receptors, HOX gene activation in development, RNAi, and genome organization.

CELL 6750 Cell Biology [3 Credits]
Instructor: Dotson
Fundamental properties of eukaryotic cells and the physiology of cellular components. Emphasis on modern biological approaches and the interaction between cells and their environment.

PSYC 6090 Univariate Statistics I [3 Credits]
Instructor: Corey
Selected topics relating to methodological or quantitative aspects of psychological research are examined. Examples of topics include non-parametric statistics, computer applications in mathematical models of behavior, problems in design of multivariate analyses, Monte Carlo solutions to quantitative problems, and least-squares approaches.

PSYC 6110 Psychological Applications of Univariate Statistics II [3 Credits]
Instructor: Corey
An intermediate-level course in statistics designed to meet the needs of beginning graduate students and those undergraduate students who plan to undertake graduate work in psychology. Emphasis is placed upon design of experiments and interpretation of research results.

PSYC 6130 Psychological Applications of Multivariate Statistics [3 Credits]
Instructor: Corey
Prerequisite: approval of instructor. Design and analysis of experiments in the behavioral sciences involving multiple predictor and criterion variables. Extensive use is made of Tulane computer facilities but no programming knowledge is required.

EBIO 6080 Biostatistics and Experimental Design [3 Credits]
Instructor: Van Bael
This course will teach students how to interpret statistical data in an evolutionary and ecological context. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding the nature of ecological field experiments, and experimental design. In addition, issues regarding how ecological and evolutionary analyses are perceived in the public media will be discussed. We will cover statistical methods for dealing with such problems (regression, correlation, ANOVA, etc.), and also read papers in ecological and evolutionary journals that highlight statistical issues. The class is designed for students who have not had prior experience with statistics.

Note: Some of the above courses are offered every other year and this information can shift from semester to semester. To find out which courses are currently offered, visit the online class schedule. Go to the Tulane Registrar's website, click on Schedule of Classes. Choose the correct semester, and click on School of Science and Engineering for courses offered through Cell & Molecular Biology, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Neuroscience, and Psychology. You will then be able to access class information from the various departments participating in the Neuroscience Graduate Programs.