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Courses Offered

Research in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology is focused on the neurosciences. The Department coordinates a number of courses under the ANAT rubric, but also contributes to teaching of graduate courses relevant to the neurosciences across the campus of UIC all directed to provide core knowledge for a career in research in the neurosciences.

Graduate students may enter the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology for doctoral research from 3 graduate programs. These are the Graduate Education in Medical Sciences program (GEMS), the Graduate Program in Neuroscience (GPN), and for MD/PhD students, the Medical Sciences Training Program (MSTP). Course requirements differ between these programs, but courses offered are available to all of our students.

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In addition, a full course listing within the GEMS curriculum is available to students in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology covering the breadth of modern graduate education in biomedicine and bioengineering.
# Course Course Director Hrs. Description
ANAT 403 Human Neuroanatomy Douglas Cotanche, PhD 3 Hours Morphological organization of the nervous system. Functional correlations of neural structures. (For Graduate Students - requires the consent of the Course Director.)
ANAT/NEUS 525 Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Neurodegenerative Diseases Orly Lazarov, PhD 2 hours Molecular, cellular and physiological mechanisms underlying neuropathology in neurodegenerative diseases and trauma to the central and peripheral nervous system of humans. Same as NEUS 525. Recommended background: A basic course in neuroscience.
ANAT/NEUS 586 Cell and Molecular Neurobiology Simon Alford, PhD 3 Hours

Structure and function of voltage-dependent and neurotransmitter-gated ion channels; the role of these ion channels in synaptic transmission, synaptic modification, and neuromodulation. (Prerequisite: BioS 442 or consent of the instructor.)

ANAT/NEUS 595 Department Seminar M. Irene Givogri, PhD 1 Hour This course represents our Departmental "Journal Club". Oral presentations are made by students each session on timely research topics, followed by in depth discussions of the reported research. Presentation of research by invited lecturers. Graduate students in the Department are required to register for this course each semester. All are invited to join and participate.
ANAT 599 Research in Anatomy N/A 0 to 16 Hours S/U grade only. Independent research conducted toward the attainment of the Doctoral degree, directed by a faculty member.
NEUS 444 Data Literacy in Neuroscience N/A 3 Hours This course provides an overview of experimental design, statistics, data mining, modeling and informatics with an emphasis on the types of experiments pursued in neuroscience.
BIOS/PSCH/NEUS 483 Neuroanatomy N/A 4 Hours Organization of the nervous system, with an emphasis on mammals. Same as BIOS 483 and PSCH 483. Animals used in instruction. Prerequisite(s): BIOS 272 or BIOS 286 or BIOS 325 or PSCH 262; or consent of the instructor. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Laboratory and one Lecture.
NEUS 501 Foundations of Neuroscience I N/A 3 Hours Provide a core understanding of modern neuroscience and will be taught by faculty from multiple units. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor.
NEUS 502 Foundations of Neuroscience II N/A 3 Hours A core understanding of modern neuroscience. Will be taught by faculty from multiple units. Continuation of NEUS 501. Prerequisite(s): NEUS 501.
NEUS 511 Experimental Foundations of Psychopharmacology N/A 2 Hours An introduction to the molecular mechanisms underlying synaptic transmission; review of the principal neurotransmitter systems and the biochemical, anatomical and behavioral methods used to study these systems. Same as ANAT 511. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better or concurrent registration in NEUS 501 and Grade of B or better or concurrent registration in NEUS 502; or Grade of B or better or concurrent registration in BIOS 484 and Grade of B or better or concurrent registration in BIOS 485; or consent of the instructor.
NEUS 527 Cellular and Systems Neurobiology N/A 3 Hours Molecular and cellular properties of ion channels in neurons and sensory cells and their relationship to brain and sensory systems. Prerequisite(s): Credit in one neuroscience course or consent of the instructor.
NEUS 561 Current Topics in Visual Neuroscience N/A 2 Hours Discussion of current research and theoretical issues in visual neuroscience by staff, students and guest lecturers. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.
BIOS/NEUS 582 Methods in Modern Neuroscience N/A 2 Hours Underlying principles and applications of techniques used to analyze nervous system organization and function. Behavioral, electrophysiological, anatomical, and biochemical approaches are considered. Animals used in instruction.
NEUS 595 Seminar in Neuroscience N/A 1 Hours Oral presentations are made by students each session on timely journal articles, followed by in-depth discussions of the reported research. Presentation of research by invited lecturers. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated.