Courses

Graduate Level

N209 Behavioral Neuroscience

Description: The focus of this course is on understanding the relationship between brain and behavior. The human brain’s major naturally-selected function is to generate adaptive behavior under a variety of conditions, including with reference to prior experience. In this course we will discuss how the brain mediates major behavioral functions, how these go awry in psychiatric disorders, as well as major methodological approaches used in behavioral neuroscience research. This course is co-taught by Dr. Stephen Mahler, Dr. Christie Fowler, and Dr. Norbert Fortin.

Schedule: Offered once per year in Spring quarter (maximum student enrollment: 20)

Example N209 Syllabus (pdf)

 

N233 Drug Addiction

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Description: The objective of this upper level graduate course is to provide a comprehensive overview of topics and controversies in the addiction field. Main topics will include drug pharmacology, models/approaches to investigate addiction, brain circuits, genetics, epigenetics, and the cellular and molecular biology of drug addiction. Dr. Fowler is the course coordinator, and in addition to Dr. Fowler, sessions are taught by varying faculty experts in the addiction field at UCI.

Schedule: Offered once per year in Spring quarter (maximum student enrollment: 20)

Example N233 Syllabus (pdf)

 

Undergraduate Level

N153 Neuropharmacology

Description: The objective of this upper level undergraduate course is to introduce you to the chemical bases of behavior and the mechanisms by which various drugs influence the biological and psychological aspects of a behaving organism. This will be accomplished with a general introduction to the basics of neuropsychopharmacology and neurochemical signaling, followed by an examination of major drug classifications, emphasizing primarily the biological and at times clinical and social, dimensions of their actions.

Schedule: Offered once per year in Fall quarter (maximum student enrollment: 49)

Example N153 Syllabus (pdf)

 

N121 Drug Addiction

Description: The objective of this upper level undergraduate course is to provide a comprehensive overview of topics and controversies in the addiction field. Main topics will include drug pharmacology, models/approaches to investigate addiction, brain circuits, genetics, epigenetics, and the cellular and molecular biology of drug addiction. It is expected that students have a basic knowledge of neuroscience prior to enrolling in this course.

Schedule: Offered once every other year in Spring quarter (maximum student enrollment: 20)

Example N121 Syllabus (pdf)