[FUN_Mail] What electives are included in your Neuroscience Program - responses needed asap

Mary Lou Caspers casperml at udmercy.edu
Mon Mar 6 14:51:41 EST 2017

Hello Judy,

We have a Neuroscience concentration (12 cr hrs) - In chemistry we allow a Medicinal Chemistry course (focus on drug design for brain disorders) and a Recent Advances in Biochemistry course(students read the current literature with a focus on brain biochem).  In Biology, the students can take a course in Animal Behavior as well as Neurophysiology.   In Psychology, they can take Advanced Psychobiology as well as Perceptual and Cognitive Processes.  Each of these courses is 3 credit hours.  The Psych courses also have labs (1 credit each).

Mary Lou

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Hi all -
We are trying to update our list of neuroscience electives for our interdisciplinary program. The curriculum committee is requesting clarification about why we have selected these specific courses and excluded others. The original list of electives was based on what was offered by other programs.  Since they have asked for a response from me by this Wed night 3/6 I'm hoping you all can help save me the time of searching scores of web pages. Right now we are just looking at the biology electives.

Below is the list that includes (a) courses already approved, (b) courses we would like to add, and (c) courses that the committee has suggested.

If you have a neuroscience degree program, please let me know which ones you include as electives in your program and which ones are available at your institution but not included as electives, and why not.

BIOL      3010        Evolution                                                                       3
BIOL      3030        Principles of Genetics                                              3
BIOL      3060        Cell Structure & Function Laboratory                 1
BIOL      3100        Experiments in Genetics Lab                                1
BIOL      3280        Ethnobotony                                                                3
BIOL      3400        General Ecology                                                         3
BIOL      3420        Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates        5
BIOL      3470        General Physiology Laboratory                            2
BIOL      3480        Exercise Physiology                                                 3
BIOL      4010        Sex, Evolution, and Behavior                                3
BIOL      4030        Introduction to Genomics                                       3
BIOL      4050        Molecular Technique Laboratory                          2
BIOL      4070        Advanced Biological Chemistry                            3
BIOL      4080        Advanced Cell Biology                                             3
BIOL      4150        Nerve Cell Mechanisms in Behavior                    3
BIOL      4250        Neurobiology of Disease                                         3
BIOL      4360        Animal Behavior                                                          3
BIOL      4370        Animal Behavior Lab                                                 1
BIOL      4410        Comparative Animal Physiology                           3
BIOL      4440        Vertebrate Histology: Structure and
                                  Function of Tissues                                                   4
BIOL      4500        Introductory Endocrinology                                   3
BIOL      4510        Behavioral Endocrinology                                       3
BIOL      4540        Human Cellular Physiology I                                  3
BIOL      4600        Developmental Biology                                            3
BIOL      4610        Developmental Biology Lab                                    2
BIOL      4630        Foundations of Immunobiology                             3
BIOL      4700        Molecular Biology                                                       3

I am working to educate the curriculum committee about Neuroscience - I was asked what Molecular Biology has to do with Neuroscience - so any other comments are welcome and would be greatly appreciated. How have you made decisions about which electives to include? Do you look at learning objectives? Are there any courses that someone has requested be added but were decided to be not appropriate for the major and, if so, why? Some have suggested including all biology courses, including Plants and Fungi. What criteria would you use to include or exclude a course as a neuro elective?

-Judy Ogilvie

Judith Mosinger Ogilvie, Ph.D., FARVO
Associate Professor of Biology
Co-Director, Neuroscience Program

Department of Biology
Saint Louis University
3507 Laclede Ave.
St. Louis, MO  63103
email:      ogilviej at slu.edu<mailto:ogilviej at slu.edu>
Phone:     314-977-3965
Fax:         314-977-3658
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