Chatham University

Biology Curriculum

Behavioral Neuroscience Minor
6 courses, including:
BIO 143
The Cell
3 Credits
This course is designed to provide a broad overview of current biological concepts, including cell structure, function, division, and basic genetics. Biologically important molecules also are presented. This course is a prerequisite for all upper-level biology courses. Three hours of class and two hours of laboratory per week. Additonal Fee(s): Laboratory fee.
BIO 143L
Lab: The Cell
1 Credits
No description available.
BIO 144
The Organism
3 Credits
This course provides a general survey of animals and plants at the organismic level, with emphasis on their evolution and various physiological processes such as respiration, circulation, digestion, and reproduction. This course is a prerequisite for all upper-level biology courses. Three hours of class and two hours of laboratory per week. Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fee.
BIO 144L
Lab: The Organism
1 Credits
No description available.
BIO 209
Basic Neuroscience
3 Credits
This course is designed for wide appeal. It is an introduction to structure and function of the brain and spinal cord, and how nerves function and communicate. The basics of movement, sensation, language, emotion, and consciousness are discussed. Emphasis is placed on contrasting normal function with altered function in diseases. Prerequisite(s): BIO 143 and 144
BIO 309
Advanced Neuroscience
3 Credits
A thorough study of structure and function of the human nervous system. Detailed examination of anatomy, motor and sensory systems, brain stem, autonomic integration, and cortical functioning. Particular emphasis on membrane physiology, ion channels, and clinical correlation of basic science. Laboratory focuses on anatomy, demonstration of basic physiology, and methods of investigation. Three hours of class and three hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite(s): BIO 209. Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fee.
BIO 312
Neuropharmacology
3 Credits
This course examines the effects of therapeutic and recreational drugs on neural function and behavior. Basic anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology will be reviewed prior to an in-depth analysis of drug effects based upon the neural systems that are affected. Prerequisite(s): BIO 144, BIO 209, or PSY 241, CHM 105 or 107, or permission of the instructor.
PSY 101
General Psychology
3 Credits
An introduction to the scientific study of behavior with an emphasis on the origins of behavior, learning, social influences, physiological factors, individual differences, personality, and adjustment and maladjustment.
CHM 105
General Chemistry
3 Credits
This class covers the same material as Chemistry 107 below, but is specifically structured for students who have had little or no previous chemistry experience, or who need extra help with algebraic problem solving. Three hours of lecture and one hour of recitation per week. Co-requisite: CHM 109
CHM 107
Chemistry I
3 Credits
This class begins with a study of atomic structure, then expands to cover chemical naming, patterns of reactivity, thermochemistry, the interaction of light and matter, atomic orbitals, ionic and covalent bonding, and molecular shapes. This class concludes with an introduction to organic chemistry and biochemistry. Co-requisite: CHM 109
Courses listed here that are also required for a student’s major must be replaced by a course approved in advance by the division chair.