Advanced Biology:
Behavioral Neuroscience

 

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Advanced Biology:  Behavioral Neuroscience
(Grade 12; Prerequisites:  Biology and Chemistry; 5 periods per week; full year; 1 unit)

This course examines the relationship between both human and animal behavior and the nervous system.  The course begins by exploring the basic physiology of the neuron, the brain, and the endocrine system.  This basic introduction is followed by investigations of the interactions of the nervous system with other body systems to understand the mental processes and behavior of human and non-human animals. Students spend one double period per week in the laboratory performing neurophysiology experiments, exploring neuroanatomy, performing experiments in animal behavior (such as conditioning rats and evaluating habitat preferences in select animals); and observing animal behavior at the zoo. During the second semester, students must devote portions of two or more free periods per week to rat training.