2018-19
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Neuroscience (NRS)

Pharmacology & Toxicology

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
955 Main Street
3rd Floor, Suite 3102
Buffalo, NY 14203

neurosci-ugrad@buffalo.edu
Fraser Sim, PhD
Associate Professor and Faculty Mentor
David Dietz, PhD
Associate Professor and Interim Chair

The Learning Environment

Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary subject incorporating courses from various departments across the university. Required courses are taught by faculty in participating departments with neuroscience expertise at any of UB’s three campus locations (North, South, and Downtown).

About Our Facilities

Students will complete coursework and/or interact with faculty from all three UB campuses (North, South, and Downtown):

  • The Department of Biological Sciences is housed and holds classes throughout the North Campus in Cooke and Hochstetter Halls, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls. 
  • The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology conducts classes on the South and Downtown Campuses. Students have the opportunity to learn in traditional classroom environments from a range of faculty with neuroscience expertise.
  • The Department of Psychology houses offices and research labs (located in Park Hall and Hochstetter Hall) allowing faculty and students to conduct a wide variety of experiments utilizing cognitive, affective, behavioral, neurological, and psychophysiological measurements
  • UB has research facilities within a block’s radius of the downtown building that houses the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, providing tremendous opportunity for collaborations and resource sharing, include the Research for Institute on Addictions, the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, and the Clinical and Translational Research Center.

About Our Faculty

Undergraduate Neuroscience is a collaborative effort between The College of Arts and Sciences and the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Our participating faculty have extraordinarily broad and diverse areas of research interests, including neuropharmacology, behavioral pharmacology, drug use and abuse, synaptic plasticity, neuroendocrinology, and several others.

Faculty List Directory

Neuroscience courses are part of an interdepartmental, interdisciplinary program that utilizes a variety of faculty from across the University.
Please visit departmental websites for additional information on contributing faculty:
Biological Sciences
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Psychology

NRS Courses


  • NRS 301LEC The Brain
    Lecture

    This course introduces the major functions of the nervous system, perception and motorcontrol, at molecular, cellular, and systems levels. In addition, it considers the neural basis of behavior, and the cellular and molecular basis of neural diseases. At the end of the course, students should be able to (1) describe the cellular basis of sensory transduction for all the major senses, (2) identify how sensory information is transformed by the brain, (3) describe how motor commands are initiated in the brain and carried out, (4) describe brain development and the molecular signaling pathways involved, and (5) identify the current understanding of the basis for major neural diseases.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: BIO 201 and PSY 101.
  • NRS 401LEC Principles of Biomedical Neuroscience
    Lecture

    This course will cover development of brain structure and function; how and why brain dysfunction arises and the strategies currently under investigation to prevent damage and restore function in the central nervous system. These topics will be covered at the genetic, epigenetic, molecular and cellular levels and will provide sufficient information for students to integrate these into a coherent understanding of nervous system development and disease.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: NRS 301.
  • NRS 416LEC Molecular Neuropsychopharmacology
    Lecture

    The neuropsychopharmacology course will discuss drug actions on the nervous system. The particular focus of this course will be to provide a description of the cellular and molecular actions of drugs on synaptic transmission. This course will also refer to specific disorders of the nervous systems and their treatment in addition to giving an overview of the techniques used for the study of neuropharmacology. The course will focus on human diseases involving chronic pain, drugs of abuse, and neurodegeneration (such as Parkinson's and Multiple Sclerosis). The course comprises both lectures and small group discussion which will vary by instructor and are designed to foster class participation, reading of primary literature (as well as textbook reading), and critical evaluation of research data to develop knowledge in the discipline of neuropsychopharmacology. This course is dual listed with PMY 516.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: PSY 101.
  • NRS 498TUT Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience
    Tutorial

    The purpose of this course is to expose undergraduate students to research conducted in the field of neuroscience. Students will collaborate with faculty research mentors on an ongoing faculty research project or conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty member.

    Credits: 1 - 6
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Pharmacology & Toxicology

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
955 Main Street
3rd Floor, Suite 3102
Buffalo, NY 14203

neurosci-ugrad@buffalo.edu
Fraser Sim, PhD
Associate Professor and Faculty Mentor
David Dietz, PhD
Associate Professor and Interim Chair
Published: October 05, 2018 09:47:41 AM