Neuroscience

Course Description:

Neuroscience is a course for students interested in the study of neurons, nervous system, and brain structures and functions through a research-focused lens.

Course objectives:

  • Explore the detailed anatomy of a neuron, and the relationship between structure and function in saltatory conduction, neurotransmitter release, and signal perception

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the mathematical & electrical creation of action potentials and their importance in signal conductance

  • Experience the structure and function of the human brain, and recognize the major neurotransmitters of the central nervous system

  • Analyze and craft neuroscience research articles, reviews, and papers to develop both critical thinking & analysis skills in students and an applicable knowledge of general neuroscience

Course highlights:

  • Oral presentations: Students will be given the opportunity to select neuroscience topics of interest to research and give oral presentations on to the class, with detailed feedback from the instructor

  • Mini research projects: Students will collect simulated data, data from previous research papers, or original data to analyze and construct short neuroscience research reports.

  • Weekly custom-made quizzes: These quizzes will emphasize critical thinking skills and test for a holistic understanding of the topics covered in the curriculum, ensuring that students are up-to-speed with the difficult topics covered.

Class Times: Sundays from 4PM - 6PM ET

Length: October 17 - November 28 (6 weeks)

Recommended Prerequisites: Biology or general science class that covers basic biological concepts. Introduction to Biology at Illumina Learning is adequate as well.

Grade Range: 7+

Instructors:

Sohum Bindra

Brain Bee, ASTA writer