CHEM 395: Introduction to Neurochemistry (3) (F)
An interdisciplinary course investigating the biological and chemical processes involved in central nervous system functioning and communication. It is a study of the nervous system from its structure, chemical, molecular and cellular biology and function through to the consequences of its action, which is behavior. Emphasis will include the chemical aspects of synthesis, metabolism, and release of neurotransmitters and how drugs (legal or illegal) affect behavior. The neurodegeneration in such behavioral and neurological disease states as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and diabetic neuropathy will be discussed. Current research topics in this area will also be presented. Lecture: three hours per week.