NEURBIO 249: Electronics for Biologists is taught in Spring Quarter by Professor Ian Parker.


Dr. Ian Parker

Same as PHYSIO 205.

Course Objective:

Basic principles of electricity; properties and use of discrete components and integrated circuits; circuit analysis and design. Intended for advanced students in the life sciences.

Sample Syllabus:

Week # Topic
1 Voltage, current, charge. Linear circuits: resistors, voltage

Lab: measuring V, I, R; resistor networks, potentiometers, mystery boxes


Capacitors, inductors; time domain/frequency domain.

Lab: Oscilloscopes, function generators, RC circuits, more mystery boxes.

3 Timers (555); Practical aspects of building things

Introduction to op-amps.

Lab – Breadboard op-amp circuits with varying gains; inverter and follower circuits.

5 Integrators and differentiators. Other Op amp circuits
6 Student project proposals.
7 Miscellaneous useful devices (light emitters, detectors;
temperature sensors; servos; Hall-effect; Power supplies

Transistors. Introduction to digital circuits. TTL, logic gates,

Lab – Digital logic chips (74xx series)

9 How to talk to a computer (or listen to one), USB kits
10 Presentation of projects

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