BIOL 1001 Introductory Cell Biology Laboratory (1 sem. hour). A coordinated course (with BIOL 1003: Introduction to Cell Biology) that introduces basic instrumentation and experimental strategies used to study modern biological concepts. This course along with BIOL 1003 fulfills Core 7 or 9. Corequisite: BIOL 1003.
BIOL 1003 Introduction to Cell Biology (3 sem. hours). First in a three course core sequence for biology majors. An intensive examination of fundamental concepts of modern cell biology, including cell structure and physiology, molecular biology, and genetics. This course along with BIOL 1001 fulfills Core 7 or 9 and is a prerequisite for all other biology majors courses. Corequisite: BIOL 1001.
BIOL 1021 General Zoology Laboratory (1 sem. hour). Laboratory course to accompany BIOL 1023; includes survey of organismal diversity, histology, and dissections. This course along with BIOL 1023 fulfills Core 7 or 9. Corerquisite: BIOL 1023. Prerequisite: BIOL 1001/1003.
BIOL 1023 General Zoology (3 sem. hours). An introduction to the morphology, physiology, and evolutionary relationships among invertebrate and vertebrate animals. This course along with BIOL 1021 fulfills Core 7 or 9. Corequisite: BIOL 1021. Prerequisite: BIOL 1001/1003.
BIOL 2000 Genetics (4 sem. hours). Historical/developmental treatment of theories of biological inheritance with emphasis on the process of scientific discovery. Includes Mendelian, cytogenetic, bacterial, and molecular approaches to questions about the nature and function of genetic material. Laboratory component consists of investigative experiences in Mendelian and molecular genetics. Prerequisite: BIOL 1000 and either BIOL 1010 or BIOL 1021/1023.
BIOL 2220 Evolution and Systematics (4 sem. hours). Evidence for, and mechanisms of, evolution, including population, molecular genetics, and paleontology. History, philosophy, and practice of taxonomy; nature of taxonomic evidence. Prerequisite: BIOL 1010.
BIOL 3100 Histology (4 sem. hours). Microscopic anatomy of the different vertebrate systems, with an emphasis on basic tissue types. Prerequisite: BIOL 1021/1023.
BIOL 3410 Human Physiology An examination of general principles underlying vertebrate physiology with an emphasis on human physiology. Lab employs current physiologic methods and instrumentation. Prerequisites: BIOL 1010 and BIOL 1021/1023.
BIOL 3420 Human Anatomy An integrated study of the gross anatomy of vertebrates with an emphasis on human gross anatomy. Prerequisites: BIOL 1010 and BIOL 1021/1023.
BIOL 3300 Molecular Cell Biology (4 sem. hours). An in-depth study of the molecular principles by which eukaryotic cells function, with emphasis on membrane structure/function, signal transduction, the cytoskeleton, and the cell cycle. The course is integrated with a survey of current molecular techniques for genetic engineering, DNA and protein analysis, and eukaryotic cell structure. Prerequisites: BIOL 1010 or BIOL 1021/1023, CHEM 1213, and CHEM 1223.
CHEM 1213 General Inorganic Chemistry I (3 sem. hours). An introduction to the theory, practice, and methods of chemistry. Development of atomic theory, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, periodicity of the elements, stoichiometry, states of matter, and basic energy considerations. This course and CHEM 1211 fulfill Core 7 or 9. Corequisite: CHEM 1211.
CHEM 1211 General Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory I (1 sem. hour). A coordinated course (with General Chemistry I) emphasizing chemical techniques, skills, and methods for qualitative and quantitative analysis of laboratory data and their limitations. This course and CHEM 1213 fulfill Core 7 or 9. Corequisite: CHEM 1213.
CHEM 1223 General Inorganic Chemistry II (3 sem. hours). An introduction to the states of matter, solution and descriptive chemistry, equilibrium, thermodynamics, kinetics, oxidation and reduction, and electrochemistry. This course and CHEM 1221 fulfill Core 7 or 9. Prerequisite: CHEM 1213. Corequisite: CHEM 1221.
CHEM 1221 General Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory II (1 sem. hour). A coordinated course (with General Chemistry II) to develop chemical techniques. Includes introductory qualitative and quantitative analysis. This course and CHEM 1223 fulfill Core 7 or 9. Prerequisite: CHEM 1211. Corequisite: CHEM 1223.
CHEM 2110 Organic Chemistry I (4 sem. hours). First in a two-semester sequence in the application of chemical principles to organic compounds and the elucidation of their chemical and physical properties. Development of theoretical principles including product structure determination, reaction mechanisms, kinetics, stereochemistry, and strategies of organic synthesis. Prerequisite: CHEM 1223. Corequisite: CHEM 2111.
CHEM 2111 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1 sem. hour). A coordinated one-hour course (with CHEM 2110) emphasizing organic synthesis, separation techniques, spectral analysis, and testing of mechanism theory and relative rates. Corequisite: CHEM 2110.
CHEM 2310 Quantitative Analysis (4 sem. hours). This course will cover the use of basic statistical methods to treat sample data. Theories and concepts studied include solution equilibria, acid-base theory, oxidation-reduction, complexation, and solubility equilibria. An introduction to potentiometric and spectroscopic techniques. Prerequisite: CHEM 1223. Corequisite: CHEM 2312.
CHEM 3610 Biochemistry I (4 sem. hours). An introduction to the structure, dynamics, and function of macromolecules: proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids. Topics include replication, transcription, enzyme kinetics, mechanisms of enzyme action, and protein biosynthesis. Prerequisites: CHEM 2120, BIOL 1000.
NEUR 2000 Introduction to Neuroscience This course will be a survey of selected topics in Neuroscience that will span the breadth of the field, ranging from cell and molecular topics to behavioral and psychological aspects of the field. Topics include: biomembrane structure and function, neural signaling, including action potential and neurotransmitter systems, and gross anatomy of brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves. Prerequisite: PSYC 1000.
NEUR 3400 Applied Research in Neuroscience This course will have students participating in applied research in neuroscience with faculty from Millsaps or University of Mississippi Medical School, participate in a seminar about current neuroscience research, and participate in regular class sessions related to applied research. Prerequisite: approval from instructor
NEUR 3600 Neural Anatomy and Physiology A rigourous course in neuroanatomical and neurophysioloical basis for human and animal cognition, covering cellular neurophysiology and circuit modeling. .
NEUR 4900 Senior Seminar in Neuroscience and Cognitive Studies This course will entail extensive reading in the history of neuroscience and cognitive studies, exploration of the dynamic fields that study the mind and brain, investigation of new and relevant methods used to study the mind and brain, and basic preparation for the comprehensive examinations.
PHIL 2110 Biomedical Ethics (4 sem. hours). An introduction to conceptual and ethical issues concerning medicine and biotechnology, including topics such as the definition of death and disease, the definition of personhood, abortion, euthanasia, genetic engineering, reproductive technology, patients' rights, human and animal research, organ transplants, cloning, biotechnological enhancement, and health care rights. Offered occasionally.
PHIL 2200 Philosophy of Human Nature (4 sem. hours). An introduction to the nature of human beings, including topics such as whether there is a universal human nature, types of explanations of human nature (religious, psychological, biological), whether humans are essentially different from animals or machines, the importance of gender in shaping human identity, the source of human morality and politics (religion, rationality, evolution), the role of the unconscious, the limitations of humans' ability to understand themselves, and whether human nature could be changed. Offered occasionally.
PHIL 3100 Philosophy of Science (4 sem. hours). An examination of the nature, goals, and process of scientific inquiry including topics such as deduction and induction, inference to the best explanation, problems of experimental method, skepticism in the epistemology of science, the nature of hypothetical entities, statistical generalization, pseudo-science, pragmatism and the relation between science and truth, and the relation between science and religion. Offered occasionally.
PHIL 3120 Philosophy of Mind (4 sem. hours). An examination of the nature of mind, including mental versus physical explanations of minds, perception, optical and cognitive illusions, the limits of human knowledge, personal identity, artificial intelligence, evolutionary explanations of moral and religious beliefs, and thought experiments about zombies, brains in vats, brain implants, and robot civil rights. Offered occasionally.
PSYC 2100 Psychological Statistics This course will introduce students to the most commonly used statistical tests in the social sciences. Hypothesis testing, correlations, regression equations and non-parametric tests will all be covered in this course. The course will emphasize data analysis and interpretation of results. Basic understanding of math and algebra are essential. Prerequisite: PSYC 1000
PSYC 2110 Behavioral Methods This course will in troduce students to the processes involved in conducting sound experimental research. Students will learn methods of research, subject selection, hypothesis testing, and data analysis. Errors that can affect research and proper control of variables will be covered as well. Students will conduct their own research project and present it to the class at the conclusion of the semester. Prerequisite: PSYC 2100
PSYC 2220 History of Neuroscience This course will explore how the brain and mind has been studied since ancient times. This course will also explore current methodologies used to study the brain and mind. Topics include: prescientific thinking, scientific method, neuroanatomy and physiology, and methodologies including, but not limited to: event related potentials, fMRI, PET scans, and single-cell recordings. Prerequisite: PSYC 1000 and NEUR 2000.
PSCY 3060 Psychology of Language (4 sem. hours). Examines the perception, comprehension, and production of language. Topics covered include psychological and linguistic aspects of phonology, syntax, and semantics; the biological bases of language; reading; bilingualism; language acquisition; and disorders. Prerequisite: PYSC 1000. Recommended: PYSC 3100. Offered in alternate years.
PSYC 3100 Cognitive Psychology (4 sem. hours). Cognitive processes underlying memory, problem solving, and consciousness. Systematic exploration of processes, mechanisms, and putative structures involved in encoding, storage, retrieval, and use of information. Prerequisite: PYSC 1000.
PSYC 3110 Perception (4 sem. hours). Mechanisms underlying immediate experience produced by stimuli, and the organization of these sensations into meaningful, interpretable experience. Prerequisite: PYSC 1000. Offered in alternate years.
PSYC 3120 Learning (4 sem. hours). Adaptive behavior, with an emphasis on processes, principles, and theories related to behavioral change. Areas of reflexive adjustment, respondent conditioning, and operant conditioning, as well as their interactions, are examined. Laboratory component. Prerequisite: PYSC 1000. Offered in alternate years.
PSYC 3180 Behavioral Neuroscience (4 sem. hours). Neurophysiologic and neuroanatomic correlates and substrates of behavior, emotion, and cognition. Prerequisite: PYSC 1000. Offered in alternate years.
PSYC 3210: Cognitive Neuroscience This course will survey cognitive neuroscience methods such as brain imaging, neural network modeling, and behavioral testing of
neuropsychological patients, toward an understanding of the neurocognitive mechanisms underlying behavior. Topics include: neuroanatomy, sensation and perception, learning and memory, object recognition, and attention and consciousness, language. Prerequisite: PSYC 1000 and NEUR 2000.
PSYC 4750 Health Psychology The field of Health Psychology, also referred to as Behavioral Medicine, is relatively new. However, the principles governing this area of Psychology have been around for centuries. The beneficial effects of diet, exercise, and even positive thought have been suggested since the earliest philosophers began writing, but they are just now being scientifically examined. Moreover, each culture has their own way of viewing health and health practices. This course will first examine some basic biological, psychological and sociological factors that shape who we are. We will also examine behaviors and indices of health and how that can be affected by ethnicity, religion and family practices. Numerous examples are presented throughout the text to bring to life the importance and interrelation of behavior and health in our world today. Prerequisite: PSYC 1000.