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Neuroscience (NRS)

Pharmacology & Toxicology

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

Fraser Sim, PhD
Associate Professor and Faculty Mentor

David Dietz, PhD
Associate Professor and Chair

NRS Courses

  • The Learning Environment

    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

  • NRS 199SEM UB Seminar
    View Schedule NRS 199SEM UB Seminar Seminar

    The three credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps students with common learning outcomes focused on fundamental expectations for critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and oral communication, and learning at a university, all within topic focused subject matter. The Seminars provide students with an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 199 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the first year seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • NRS 301LEC The Brain
    View Schedule 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
    View Schedule 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
    View Schedule 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
    View Schedule 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
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Published: May 15, 2019 15:06:38