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Bio 37: Brain Dysfunction

Bio 37: Brain Dysfunction is taught in Spring Quarter by Professors Kim Green, Leslie Thompson, and Mike Yassa in PSLH 100 (Physical Sciences Lecture Hall)

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Dr. Kim Green Dr. Leslie Thompson Dr. Mike Yassa



Bio 37 is aimed at non-Biological science Majors with an interest in understanding how the brain works and how it controls our bodies and gives rise to our thoughts, emotions and memories, and how it goes awry in disease. Bio 37 requires no prior biology knowledge and will cover how the cells that make up our brains function together, and how the brain is impacted in a number of brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Down Syndrome, Depression, Anxiety, Frontotemporal Dementias, and damage due to injury to specific brain regions.


This is a fun course taught in a large lecture format, typically with 250-400 students.  No textbook is required, and grades are determined by participation (via iClicker questions) and 3 midterms.

Sample Syllabus:

1 Introduction to Bio 37 – “Brain Dysfunction”
2 Intro to the Nervous system
3 Cells of the Nervous System
4 Neuronal Communication
5 Neurotransmitters
6 Neuroanatomy
7 Neuroanatomy 2
8 Learning and Memory
10 Dementias intro
11 Alzheimer’s Disease  I
12 Alzheimer’s Disease  II
13 Addiction/Depression/Anxiety
14 Parkinson’s Disease
15 Huntington’s Disease
16 Down Syndrome
17 Tau/Frontaltemporal Dementia
19 Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
20 Multiple Sclerosis
21 Stem cells and brain diseases
22 Clinical Trials
23 Pain/Stroke
24 Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder
25 Animal Models
26 Neurodevelopmental/Autism Spectrum Disorders