PSYCH 220 - Introduction to Biopsychology, for Non-BCN or Non-Neuroscience majors
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of instructor.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

The primary goal of Biopsychology (or “Behavioral Neuroscience”) is to establish relationships between brain systems/neuronal mechanisms and behavioral or cognitive functions. Biopsychology integrates methods and research approaches of a wide variety of scientific disciplines, ranging from the cellular and molecular neurosciences to the psychology of perception and cognition. This introductory course for non-majors covers a wide range of topics in Biopsychology from the structure and function of a neuron and neural transmission, to integrating sensory information, to the output of behavior. To this end, students will gain a basic understanding of sensory and motor systems, learning and memory, the biopsychology of motivation, and how evolutionary biology (as well as more immediate experiences) can affect brain/behavior relationships. Finally, the students will investigate neuroscience-related diseases and disorders such as schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s Disease, and autism.

Course Requirements:

Grades will be based on your performance on three examinations (15% per exam), drug abuse student-led lecture (10%), Brain Awareness Week presentation (15%), Lorenzo’s Oil writing piece (10%), and participation during in-class activities in lecture (10%) and discussion (10%).

Intended Audience:

Intended for Psychology majors and any undergraduate NOT intending to major in Biopsychology or a neuroscience-related field, who wants to learn about brain and behavior.

Class Format:

Two lecture periods in addition to participation in one discussion section each week.

PSYCH 220 - Introduction to Biopsychology, for Non-BCN or Non-Neuroscience majors
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Psych 220 is introduction to behavioral neuroscience for students not intending to major in BCN or Neuroscience. Psychology majors should register for Psych 220 instead of Psych 230. All sections meet from the 1st day of class, even if they occur before the 1st lecture.
002 (DIS)
Tu 12:00PM - 1:00PM
003 (DIS)
Tu 3:00PM - 4:00PM
004 (DIS)
Tu 4:00PM - 5:00PM
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