May 15, 2021  
College Catalog 2020-2021 
    
College Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

BIOL 400 - Seminar in Neuropharmacology


This is an advanced course that will focus on the study of drugs used to alter the central nervous system. The course will begin with basic pharmacological principles and then concentrate on the various uses of drugs to alter brain neurochemistry. Topics for discussion will include the pharmacological treatment of schizophrenia, depression, pain, anxiety and generally, the neurochemical basis of behavior. In addition to discussion of the use of drugs for clinical purposes, a significant amount of time will be spent on the use of “drugs of abuse” (e.g. cocaine, marijuana, LSD). While the focus of the course will be on the biochemical mechanisms of these drugs, an effort will be made to investigate and discuss the sociological ramifications of drug use. Three discussion/lecture hours per week. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 316  or PSYC 248 ; junior or senior standing; or permission of instructor. Offered occasionally. (4 Credits)