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Biology 154; Neurobiology 254 (Luo, Shen, Clandinin)

Principles of Neurobiology (formerly Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology)

These courses—154 for upper-level undergraduate students and 254 for graduate students with shared lectures—focus on principles of the organization and function of the nervous system. Topics include neuronal communication, sensory and motor systems, innate and learned behavior, brain disorders, and evolution. Lectures are Monday/Wednesday afternoons, with discussion sections on Friday afternoons. Students of all background (biology, human biology, symbolic systems, psychology, physical sciences, engineering) are welcome.

Winter quarters every other year (next offering: Winter 2023); 4 units for 154, up to 5 units for 254.

Biology 222 (Luo)

Exploring Neural Circuits
This seminar course focuses on the logic of how neural circuits process information and control behavior, and how neural circuits are assembled during development and modified by experience. Discussion of primary literature is the main emphasis. Topics include neurons as information processing units; simple and complex circuits underlying sensory information processing and motor control; development and plasticity of neural circuits. Advanced undergraduate students and graduate students with diverse background (physical science, engineering, and biological science) but a common interest in neural circuits are welcome. Strong background in neuroscience will be helpful, but not necessary. Limited to 12 students. Advanced applications necessary.
Application for Biology 222

Spring quarter; 3 units.