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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions


BIONB 2220 Neurobiology and Behavior II: Introduction to Neuroscience

Course description

An introduction to neuroscience: the structure and function of the nervous system of humans and other animals. Topics include the cellular and molecular basis for cell signaling, the functions of neurons in communication and in decision making; neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, sensory systems, motor systems, neural development, learning and memory, and other complex brain functions. The course will emphasize how the nervous system is built during development, how it changes with experiences during life, how it functions in normal behavior, and how it is disrupted by injury and disease. The course will include an online discussion section. Outcome 1: Demonstrate knowledge of core concepts and principles in neuroscience through writing, speaking, and problem solving. Outcome 2: Use the scientific method to link neuroscience concepts to observations and experiments. Outcome 3: Explain the functions of the major components of the central and peripheral nervous system to the extent they are known. Outcome 4: Demonstrate how the laws of chemistry and physics apply to mechanisms of neural activity. Outcome 5: Explain mechanisms of animal and human neural function at multiple scales, from molecules and molecular interactions to interactions of neural circuits and brain pathways. Outcome 6: Explain how information is encoded by neurons and neural circuits: describe how perceptions are represented, stored, and recalled for later use in decision making and control of behavior. Outcome 7: Explain modern views of how the nervous system it changes with experience, and how it is disrupted by injury and disease. Outcome 8: Describe how the brain generates complex cognitive functions including communication, emotions, sleep and cognition.

Not open to freshmen. May be taken independently of BIONB 2210. The only option available in Summer Session is 4-credit.


One year of college level biology for majors (comparative physiology and/or cell and developmental biology are recommended) and one year of chemistry. Priority is given to students studying neurobiology and behavior.


BIONB 2220 001-LEC Online course

Class dates:June 11-July 22, 2018
Days/times:online course
Credit:3 - 4 V
Notes:This course fulfills the NBB concentration requirements.
  This is an online course. Please review the online course FAQs.
Related:BIONB 2220 201-DIS

BIONB 2220 201-DIS Online course

Class dates:June 11-July 22, 2018
Exam dates:Will be provided by instructor (see Final exams)
Days/times:online course
Grade:Student option
Instructor:Dietz, S. (sbd3)
Max. enroll:20
Restrictions:Online only
Notes:Online discussion sections to be arranged.
To enroll:Enroll online or submit a paper enrollment form. Enroll now.
  This is an online course. Please review the online course FAQs.
Related:You will be auto-enrolled in BIONB 2220 001-LEC

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