Experiential Courses

The experiential course group offers "hands-on", project driven opportunities for students to apply their skills.

3120W. Public Communication of Physiology and Neurobiology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: One 2000-level course in PNB; ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open only to Physiology and Neurobiology majors.

Grading Basis: Graded

Strategies for effective public communication of science, focusing on accessibly conveying physiological concepts, and considering the role of life scientists as public communicators. Student work may include storytelling, blogging, data visualization, and videography.

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).

3263WQ. Investigations in Neurobiology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PNB 2250 or PNB 2274-2275; ENGL 1007 or 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.

3264W. Molecular Principles of Physiology

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: PNB 2274, MCB 2210 or 2410 or 3010; ENGL 1007 or 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.

4297W. Senior Research Thesis in Physiology and Neurobiology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 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 investigation for advanced undergraduates. Involves research and writing a thesis. Formerly offered as PNB 4296W.

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