How does the brain allow us to think, sense, behave, and feel? In this course, we will begin by learning about the basic physical structures of the brain, such as neurons, channels, synapses, and neurotransmitters. With this knowledge as a foundation, we will move on to explore how they give rise to complex phenomena such as learning and memory, addiction, sensory processing, and mental illness. We will learn how the science of the brain has emerged through investigations and critical discussions of the most important experiments and observations of the past and recent history. Engaging lessons, comprising a mixture of lectures, discussion, and virtual activities, will introduce students to materials from several different angles. Students will consolidate their knowledge with activities and exercises.
Topics in BioscienceBioscience
Scheduled Class Time*
*The course will meet for two hours daily (Monday–Friday) for a live class during this window of time. The exact time will be set closer to the program start. In addition to the live meeting times, students will engage in out-of-class learning assignments such as assigned readings, group work, pre-recorded online lectures, and more.