This course will teach basic science principles of how the nervous system functions normally and what goes wrong in neurological and psychiatric disorders. Completion of this course will provide you with a comprehensive and solid foundation for the field of neuroscience, which you can use to pursue more advanced sub-specialties within the field. You will learn about how our brain functions in normal health as well as disease. You will learn the anatomy and physiology of many neurological disorders (for example Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s) and mental health disorders (for example bipolar disorder and schizophrenia).
This interactive course will begin by examining the organization of the nervous system and the basic neuroanatomy of the brain and spinal cord. We will learn how neurons work and how different drugs can affect this process. Then we will explore the sensory system, such as vision, hearing, and touch. We will address questions such as “Where do emotions come from in the brain?” and “How does my brain learn and remember information?” We will explore what goes wrong with the nervous system in many neurological disorders or injuries, such as stroke, seizures, Parkinson’s disease, autism, and Alzheimer’s Disease. We will also learn the neurobiological basis of mental health disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression. Finally, we will discuss various avenues for studying neuroscience such as Cognitive Neurobiology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Neuroimaging, or Clinical Neuroscience. Completion of this course will provide you with a comprehensive and solid foundation for the field of neuroscience, which you can use to pursue more advanced sub-specialties within the field.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
• Explain the function of neurons and how they communicate with one another.
• Describe the basic organization of the nervous system, including the neuroanatomy of the brain and spinal cord.
• Discuss the biological basis of emotion, learning, memory, and sensation.
• Identify major neurological diseases and mental health disorders, describe their biological basis, and give examples of current mechanisms of treatment.
Each week is divided into 3 parts to accommodate students in different time zones. You should expect to contribute throughout each week of the course. Learning activities include short micro-video lectures & 3D animations (3-8 minutes), which you will watch on your own time followed by online exercises and discussions related to the material.
Completion of a high school biology course is required and it is recommended that students have also taken chemistry.
Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.