UT Austin
Graduate Catalog
1999-2001



CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1
Graduate Study

CHAPTER 2
Admission and Registration

CHAPTER 3
Degree Requirements

CHAPTER 4
Fields of Study

CHAPTER 5
Members of Graduate Studies Committees

APPENDIX
Course Abbreviations
 

Chapter 4: Fields of Study

Neuroscience


The faculty has approval to offer the following courses in the academic years 1999-2000 and 2000-2001; however, not all courses are taught each semester or summer session. Students should consult the Course Schedule to determine which courses and topics will be offered during a particular semester or summer session. The Course Schedule may also reflect changes that have been made to the courses listed here since this catalog was published.

Unless otherwise stated below, each course meets for three lecture hours a week for one semester.

Neuroscience: NEU

380E. Vision Systems.
Introduction to the anatomy, physiology, and psychophysics of human vision from an information-processing and computational perspective. Neuroscience 380E and Psychology 380E may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

380F. Biomedical Pharmacology I.
Drug classifications, mechanisms of drug action, drug side effects/adverse reactions in humans, the use of drugs in research. Neuroscience 380F and Pharmacy 380F may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and a background in physiology and organic chemistry.

380N. Biomedical Pharmacology II.
Fundamental concepts of pharmacology, including molecular mechanisms of drug action, absorption, distribution and elimination, tolerance, dependence, mutagenesis, teratogenesis, and carcinogenesis. Pharmacy students must take this course on the letter-grade basis. Neuroscience 380N and Pharmacy 380N may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and Neuroscience 380F or consent of instructor.

382T. Principles of Neuroscience I.
A proseminar covering the core material on essential topics in neuroscience from the molecular to the systems level. Only one of the following may be counted: Biomedical Engineering 382T, Kinesiology 382T, 688QA, Neuroscience 382T, Pharmacy 382T, 688QA, Psychology 382T, 688QA, Zoology 382T, 688QA. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

383C. Functional Neuroanatomy.
An examination of the anatomy of the brain and spinal cord, emphasizing connections and functions of neural systems. Neuroscience 383C and Psychology 383C may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

383D. Neuropharmacology.
Four lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Neuroscience 383D (or 483D), Pharmacy 473M, 383D (or 483D). Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

383T. Principles of Neuroscience II.
Continuation of Neuroscience 382T; a proseminar covering the core material on essential topics in neuroscience from the molecular to the systems level. Only one of the following may be counted: Biomedical Engineering 383T, Kinesiology 383T, 688QB, Neuroscience 383T, Pharmacy 383T, 688QB, Psychology 383T, 688QB, Zoology 383T, 688QB. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, Neuroscience 382T, and consent of instructor.

185D. Responsible Conduct of Science.
Ethical considerations in the conduct of science, including issues of animal welfare, data analysis, fraud, publications, misconduct, intellectual property, grants, peer review, and mentor responsibility. One lecture hour a week for one semester. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Neuroscience 185D and Pharmacy 185D may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

385L. Graduate Physiology and Biophysics.
Lectures, conference discussion, and laboratory projects, depending on topic. Not all topics are given every year. With consent of instructor, may be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, coursework in organic chemistry, twelve semester hours of upper-division biological science, and consent of instructor.

Topic 1: Basic Processes of Nerve Cells.
Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Neuroscience 385L (Topic 1) and Zoology 385L (Topic 13: Basic Processes of Nerve Cells) may not both be counted.

Topic 2: Current Concepts on Neurobiology.
Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Neuroscience 385L (Topic 2) and Zoology 385L (Topic 15: Current Concepts in Neurobiology) may not both be counted.

386S. Molecular Biology of the Nervous System.
Study of the structure and function of macromolecules in the brain. Only one of the following may be counted: Neuroscience 386S, Pharmacy 336S, 386S. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and a course in biochemistry or consent of instructor.

687K. Methods in Neuropharmacology.
Nine laboratory hours a week for two semesters. Neuroscience 687KA and Pharmacy 687KA may not both be counted; Neuroscience 687KB and Pharmacy 687KB may not both be counted. Prerequisite: For 687KA, graduate standing; for 687KB, Neuroscience 687KA.

388D. Individual Differences.
Differences among individuals in abilities, motives, and personality: their measurement, their genetic and environmental sources, and their societal implications. Neuroscience 388D and Psychology 388D may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

390. Research.
Individual research. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and fifteen semester hours of neuroscience. Students must sign up in the Neuroscience Graduate Studies Office before registering.

390P. Experimental Design and Statistics in Pharmacology.
Classical and experimental design and analysis of variance as it relates to pharmacology and neuroscience research. Practical aspects of design and analysis. Nonlinear regression and its use in model fitting and hypothesis testing. Nine laboratory hours a week for one semester. Neuroscience 390P and Pharmacy 390P may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

394P. Seminars in Behavioral Neuroscience and Biopsychology.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

Topic 1: Current Topics in Biopsychology.
Brain-behavior relationships, particularly recent research in behavioral neuroscience, including the anatomical and neurochemical mechanisms of behavioral events, and behavioral influences on the brain. Neuroscience 394P (Topic 1) and Psychology 394P (Topic 1: Current Topics in Biopsychology) may not both be counted.

Topic 2: Clinical Psychopharmacology.
Recent findings concerning the mechanisms of action and the behavioral effects of psychoactive drugs, particularly those used in psychiatry. Various drug types (such as sedative-hypnotics, hallucinogens, and drugs used to treat depression, schizophrenia, Parkinson's disease, and anxiety) and pathways in the brain are discussed to examine the neurochemical basis of psychiatric disorders and substance abuse. Neuroscience 394P (Topic 2) and Psychology 394P (Topic 2: Clinical Psychopharmacology) may not both be counted.

Topic 3: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory.
Neuroanatomical systems that are functionally related to basic forms of learning and memory in mammals. Neuroscience 394P (Topic 3) and Psychology 394P (Topic 3: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory) may not both be counted.

Topic 4: Advanced Topics in Neuroanatomy.
Neuroanatomical systems and function across species. Basic forms of neuroanatomy in mammals. Neuroscience 394P (Topic 4) and Psychology 394P (Topic 7: Advanced Topics in Neuroanatomy) may not both be counted.

394U. Seminars in Human Experimental Psychology.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

Topic 1: Psychoacoustics.
Anatomy and physiology of the peripheral auditory system; behavioral measures of auditory performance-masking, sound localization, pitch and loudness perception, temporary and permanent hearing loss. Only one of the following may be counted: Communication Sciences and Disorders 394K (Topic 2: Psychoacoustics), Neuroscience 394U (Topic 1), Psychology 394U (Topic 5: Psychoacoustics).

Topic 2: Topics in Vision and Hearing.
Current research in human vision and/or hearing. Neuroscience 394U (Topic 2) and Psychology 394U (Topic 8: Topics in Vision and Hearing) may not both be counted.

698. Thesis.
The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: For 698A, graduate standing in neuroscience and consent of the graduate adviser; for 698B, Neuroscience 698A.

399R, 699R, 999R. Dissertation.
Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree.

399W, 699W, 999W. Dissertation.
Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Neuroscience 399R, 699R, or 999R.

Related Courses

Each of these courses is described in the section of this catalog for the program that offers it.

Chemistry 392C. Advanced Biochemistry I.

Chemistry 392D. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Microbiology 395E. Molecular Biology III: Protein Synthesis/Targeting and Cell Biology.

Microbiology 481M. Electron Microscopy I: Theory and Practice.

Psychology 392N. Fundamentals of Comparative Psychology.

Zoology 385L. Graduate Physiology and Biophysics.
Topic: Hormones and the Brain.

Zoology 388M. Graduate Cellular and Molecular Biology.
Topic 2: Experimental Cell Biology.
Topic 4: Experimental Molecular Biology.




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