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Esther Penick

Associate Professor of Biology; Chair of Neuroscience

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7431

epenick@​knox.edu

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Requirements

Requirements for the major

10 or 11 credits as follows:

  • Core requirements (7 credits): BIOL 120, BIOL 130, CHEM 102 or 102A, NEUR 240, NEUR 241, and NEUR 340
  • Electives: 2 credits from among: PSYC 276, PSYC 364, PSYC 366, BIOL/PSYC 312, BIOL 328, BIOL 329, BIOL 332, BIOL 338, NEUR 360, BCHM 265, BCHM 340, BCHM 345, CS 317
  • Research methods and research (2 or 3 credits) in one of the following two areas:
    1. For majors concentrating in cellular/molecular aspects of neuroscience:
      • Research methods (1.5 credits): BIOL 210 and BIOL 380
      • Senior research (.5 credits): NEUR 399
    2. For majors concentrating in behavioral neuroscience:
      • Research methods (2 credits): PSYC 281 and PSYC 282
      • Senior research (1 credits): NEUR 399

Requirements for the minor

6 credits as follows:

  • BIOL 120 or BIOL 130
  • NEUR 240 and NEUR 241
  • BIOL 210 or PSYC 281
  • Electives: 2 courses from among the list of electives for the major

Course Descriptions

NEUR 240. Neuroscience I. (1)

This course begins by exploring the neuron and its unique cellular processes; neurophysiology, neurochemistry, neuroanatomy, and neuroplasticity will be covered. We will then attempt to understand selected homeostatic (e.g., eating), cognitive (e.g., sensation/perception, learning/memory), and emotional processes (e.g., reward, stress, and depression) at and across integrated levels of analysis (genetic, physiological, chemical, anatomical, and systems). Prerequisite(s): BIOL 120, 130, CHEM 101, 102, or PSYC 100 and permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: PSYC 240; A 0.5 credit tutorial will be offered concurrently with this course for students who have not completed the lower level biology and chemistry courses; Offered every Fall; H. Hoffmann; E. Penick;

NEUR 241. Neuroscience II. (1)

This course extends the topics covered in NEUR 240, including neurophysiology, neurochemistry, and neuroanatomy. Additionally it will introduce the history and methods of neuroscience to interpret experimental results in the primary literature. We will also examine how the brain can sense the environment and control the motor system. Prerequisite(s): NEUR 240, BIOL 120 and 130, and CHEM 101 and 102; Offered every Winter; E. Penick;

NEUR 248. Teaching Assistant. (1/2 or 1)

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor; May be graded S/U at instructor's discretion; Staff;

NEUR 295. Special Topics. (1/2 or 1)

Courses offered occasionally to students in special areas of Psychology not covered in the usual curriculum. Staff;

NEUR 340. Methods of Neuroscience. (1)

This laboratory course focuses on the methods used for neuroscience research. Biochemical and electrophysiological techniques are examined. Data analysis, interpretation and scientific writing will be performed from the experiments done. Prerequisite(s): NEUR 241; Offered two years out of three; E. Penick;

NEUR 348. Teaching Assistant. (1/2 or 1)

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor; May be graded S/U at instructor's discretion; Staff;

NEUR 360. Synapses. (1)

Synapses are the location of neuronal communication. These sites also are the primary loci for a cellular correlate of learning and memory and the actions of drugs of abuse. We will examine the biology, physiology and plasticity these fascinating regions. Prerequisite(s): NEUR 241; Offered every third year; E. Penick;

NEUR 395. Special Topics. (1/2 or 1)

Courses offered occasionally to students in special areas of Psychology not covered in the usual curriculum. Staff;

NEUR 399. Research in Neuroscience. (1/2 or 1)

A one- or two-term experience in which students, with the aid of a faculty member, conduct original neuroscience research. The process includes reviewing the literature, generating hypotheses, collecting and analyzing data, and presenting results in written and oral form. Grade is withheld (NR) until full credit is earned. Prerequisite(s): NEUR 340 and either BIOL 210 or PSYC 282; W; May be repeated up to two times for up to 1 credit; Staff;

NEUR 400. Advanced Studies. (1/2 or 1)

See College Honors Program. Staff;

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