NEUR 1004: An introduction to the field of neuroscience, and academic and career planning for neuroscience majors. Exposure to areas of practice and research, and opportunities for education, training and employment in this field (1H, 1C).
NEUR 1984: Exploration of traditional and alternative careers in neuroscience. Experience developing educational and career plans and writing resumes, CVs, and personal statements. Develop interviewing skills and oral and written scientific communication skills. Pre: (1H, 1C)
NEUR 2014H: This course presents the major concepts of neuroscience. It is intended to serve as introductory course for students pursuing Honors Laureate in Neuroscience, Medicine, and Culture. This course is restricted to Honors students and non-majors. Topics include nervous system organization, signaling within neurons and across synapses, sensory systems, motor systems, sexual behavior, memory, brain disorders and animal models used in neuroscience. Pre: BIOL1105; honors stutdents and non-neuroscience majors only (3H, 3C) .
NEUR 2025: Introduction to the fundamental principles of neuroscience. Structures and function of central nervous system in humans and other animals, signal processing and transmission, development of neural and brain circuits, encoding and transmission of sensory and perceptual information, motor control/movement. Pre: BIOL 1105 or BIOL 1005 for 2025. NEUR 2026: Complex brain processes including learning, memory, emotion, decision making, social behavior, and mental health and functioning. Pre: 2025 (3H, 3C).
NEUR 2035: Organization and function of the nervous system. Neuroanatomy, microscopy, intracellular simulation, extracellular recording, electrophysiology, neurotransmitters, and neuroplasticity. Co: 2025 (3L, 1C).
NEUR 2036: Receptive field, sensation and perception, motor system, simple neural circuitry, neuroendocrine and higher level cognitive processes. Co: 2026 (3L, 1C).
NEUR 2464: Ethical, legal, and social issues faced by human societies from the perspective of neuroscience. Broader questions about ethical and social constructs including consciousness, personhood, cognitive enhancement, free will, and death. Research in neuroscience to issues in medicine, research, law, criminology, public health, and the arts. Pre: will satisfy CLE Area 4 and Pathways Reasoning in Natural Science + Ethical Reasoning, (3H, 3C).
NEUR 2554: Introduction to the conceptual framework of contemporary experimental methods and practices in neuroscience research. Exploration of experimental techniques including electrophysiology, advanced imaging, immunohistochemistry, transgenic animal models, and behavioral assays. Includes face-to-face interaction with various research faculty to explore research methods in practice and discuss current research and expertise. Pre: 2025, 2035 (3H, 3C)
NEUR 3044: Fundamental principles of cellular and molecular neuroscience. Methods to study neurochemistry and neurobiology, theoretical and practical issues of relating cellular/molecular structures and functions to higher-level nervous system functioning, and current understanding of cellular/molecular bases of nervous system disorders. Pre: 2026, CHEM 1036, (3H, 3C).
NEUR 3084: Concepts in cognitive neuroscience. Methods available to study brain and nervous system function, theoretical and practical issues of relating mental functions to biological brain functions. Overview of current understanding of the neural bases of various mental functions (e.g., memory, attention, emotion, decision making). Pre: 2026 (3H, 3C).
NEUR 3144: Foundation of social interactions in human and non-human: ability to learn and memorize locations, situations, individuals, facts and tasks forms. Cellular and molecular mechanism underlying learning and memory and model systems. Approaches to these processes along with diseases presenting with learning and memory deficits in humans. Pre: 2026 (3H, 3C).
NEUR 3234: Introduction to brain-machine interactions and computer models of neural systems. Exploration of brain-computer interface applications, biophysically-based computational models of the brain, and computer neural networks in the context of artificial intelligence. Emphasis on the capabilities and limitations of neural networks and how they inform our understanding of the human brain. Discussion of societal impact and ethical considerations. Pre: 2026, (MATH 1026 or MATH 1226) (3H, 3C)
NEUR 3554: Integration of the interdisciplinary fields of neuroscience: includes the conceptual frameworks and theories of neuroscience spanning molecules to behavior, the methods available to study nervous system structure and function from molecules to behavior, theoretical and practical issues of linking these lower-levels structures and processes to higher-level neurological and psychological functions, and the latest applications and technologies for translating neuroscience into more effective interventions and treatments. Practical experience includes literature review research and writing, data analysis and interpretation, written and oral presentation, and site-specific training. Pre: 2026 (3H, 3C).
NEUR 3774: Comprehensive survey of the interrelationships between human neural and endocrine systems. Regulatory mechanisms for neural control of hormone secretions, peripheral hormone action on physiological processes, and hormonal influences on behavior. Pre: 2025 (3H, 3C).
NEUR 3844: This course is intended to serve students majoring in Computational and Systems Neuroscience. This introductory course will cover systems neuroscience, neural engineering, and computational neuroscience. Using primary literature in neuroscience, the following topics will be covered: spike train analysis, signal processing techniques for neural data, neural modeling, mean field models, Hodgkin-Huxley models, integrate and fire models, and brain machine interface (BMI) applications. Pre: MATH1226 (3H, 3C)
NEUR 3914: History of addiction as a chronic, relapsing brain disease. Neurocircuitry and molecular basis of the brain affected by common drugs of abuse. Overview of the use, abuse, liability, and psychotherapeutic effects of drugs on humans. Common classes of drug abuse: alcohol, sedatives, tobacco/nicotine, opioids, cannabinoids, psychostimulants, psychedelics, steroids, anti-anxiety, antidepressants, and antipsychotics. Animal models in drug addiction studies. Current and future pharmacotherapeutics for drug addiction treatment and ethical considerations of treatments. Pre: 2025, 2026 (3H, 3C)
NEUR 3944: Neurological and psychological factors associated with military and war. Neuroscientific basis of decision making, mental resilience, and cognitive enhancement. Etiology and treatment of brain injuries sustained during war including post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and chemical warfare. Neurotechnological advances that shape soldiers and warfare. Ethical considerations of “militarization” of neuroscience. Pre: 2026 (3H, 3C)
NEUR 4034: Common brain and Central Nervous System (CNS) disorders ranging from trauma to autism. Genetic, molecules and cellular changes in disease. Therapeutic implications and development of novel drugs. Challenges in drug discovery and implementation of personalized medicine. Ethical issues regarding genetic findings. Pre: 2026, 3044 (3H, 3C).
NEUR 4044: Integration of methods and results from cutting-edge interdisciplinary neuroscience research; theoretical and practical issues when linking molecular/cellular structures and processes to higher-level neurological and psychological functions. Topics vary each semester and include the following: The Sexual Brain, Sense the World, Neuroplasticity, Neuroscience and the Mind, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Drugs and Disease, Rhythms of the Brain, and Stress and the Brain. Pre: 3044 or 3084 (3H, 3C).
NEUR 4314: Concepts of classical, modern genetics and epigenetics as it relates to neuroscience. Practical applications including genome-wide association (GWAS), next-generation sequencing, epigenetics, genome editing and screening methods. Use of model organisms in neurogenetic disorders research. Relationship of genetics and its influences on theoretical and practical issues in neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders. Personalized medicine in neurodevelopmental and neurogenetic disorders. Pre: 3044 (3H, 3C).
NEUR 4364: Concepts of language as distinctive human behavior and central to social life. Neural underpinnings of humans’ ability to speak and understand language. Neurologic processing of language comprehension and production in healthy and language-impaired individuals. Auditory and visual word recognition, reading, understanding speech, representation of word meaning, language production, and bilingualism. Neuroethology of communication and neurological disorders of communication: dyslexia, stuttering, and aphasia. Theoretical issues in language processing and converging evidence from different techniques and animal models addressing these issues. Pre: 3044 or 3084
NEUR 4454: Neural processes related to reward, learning, reflection, delay of gratification, and social interaction. Clinical uses of neuroeconomics research techniques. Implications of neuroeconomics in economics, policy, law and business. Pre: NEUR 2026 or ECON 3104 (3H, 3C).
NEUR 4514: Immune system and assorted roles in psychiatric and neurological disorders. Details of cell type, functions and signaling of the peripheral and central immune system, and sympathetic nervous system. Cross-talk between the brain and immune system across the blood brain barrier and circumventricular organs. Treatment options for autoimmune diseases and psychopathy. Pre: 3044 (3H, 3C).
NEUR 4544: Synapse morphology and function, central versus peripheral synapses, site of action of many therapeutic drugs and substances of abuse, synaptic pruning and failure. Changes in synaptic structure and function during development and in diseases. Pre: 2026 (3H, 3C).
NEUR 4594: Clinical approaches to diagnose and treat neurological disorders. Diseases include stroke, trauma, brain tumors, psychiatric illnesses, and epilepsy. Clinical experience includes diagnostic procedures, radiological techniques, and surgical procedures in operating room. Patient rounding, follow-up, and outcomes. Medical emergencies and appropriate professional responses. Ethical issues regarding health care, disparity, life and death decisions. Medical profession exploration. Pre: 4034 (3H, 3C). See more details here about this course.
NEUR 4814: Concepts in nutritional aspects of neuroscience. Energy metabolism in central nervous system and brain regulating ingestive behavior. Communication with peripheral organs, regulation of whole body energy homeostasis, brain physiology and pathology on molecular and cellular level. Role of appetite neurocircuitry in formulation of practical solutions to societal problems such as nutrition, eating disorders, and obesity. Pre: 3044 (3H, 3C)
NEUR 4914: This course examines concepts in modern drug development for neurological disorders. Topics include the study of current approaches and pitfalls for developing therapeutics for treating disorders of the central nervous system, theoretical issues and practical applications target identification, high-throughput screening, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, preclinical testing, clinical trials, and the FDA approval process. Pre: NEUR3044 or NEUR3914, (3H, 3C)
Undergraduate research is an experiential learning opportunity open to all students interested in exploring a research area. Students will gain experience working in a lab with a principal investigator (PI). Please direct questions to https://neuroscience.vt.edu/research-neuroscience/undergrad-research.html. Students are required to arrange a research opportunity directly with their laboratory PI; however, to earn credit for the experience, an academic advisor's signature is required.