INTEGBI 139 The Neurobiology of Stress

The Neurobiology of Stress

Units: 4

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016

Course description: This course is designed to be an interdisciplinary course. It will adopt a broad-based approach to explore the concepts of stress, health, and disease, with a particular focus on current primary literature. The course will cover multiple dimensions in the study of stress, which employ genetic, epigenetic, molecular, cellular, physiological, and cognitive approaches, especially in the context of endocrine and neuroscience research. We will analyze the individual response to stress, how genetic and environmental factors play a role in it, how it translates to physiological and mental health and well-being vs. pathological conditions, and put that in a public health perspective.

Objectives & Outcomes:

   - Course Objectives: This course will emphasize the interconnected and multidirectional relationships between biology, behavior and the social environment. The study of stress is necessarily an interdisciplinary endeavor. This course is designed to explore the role of genes, hormones and experiences as they affect the stress-response and subsequently brain and behavior.

Rules & Requirements:

   - Prerequisites: Biology 1A or Psychology 110. You will need a good understanding of the fundamentals of biology to do well in this class

Hours & Format: 

   - Fall/spring: 15 weeks - 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion per week

Additional Details:

   - Subject/Course Level: Integrative Biology/Undergraduate

   - Grading/Final exam status: Letter grade. Final exam required.

    Instructor: Daniela Kaufer