Fall 2019 - BISC 405 D100

Neurobiology (3)

Class Number: 2777

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
    AQ 3005, Burnaby

    Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 3149, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 13, 2019
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    AQ 3150, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    BISC 305 or BPK 305 or BPK 306 with a grade of C- or better.



Physiology of neuroscience, focusing on cellular and molecular mechanisms. Topics include: cellular and subcellular organization of the nervous system, electrical properties of neurons, ion channels, synaptic transmission, sensory systems, learning and memory, neurodegenerative diseases. Students who have completed BISC 472 under the title 'Neurobiology' may not complete BISC 405 for further credit.


This lecture course covers many aspects of cellular and molecular neuroscience. Topics will include: Cellular and subcellular organization of the nervous system, electrical properties of neurons, ion channel structure and function, neurotransmitters, synaptic transmission, signal transduction mechanisms, second messengers, sensory systems, motor systems, learning & memory and neurodegenerative diseases.  Students will also become familiar with cellular and molecular techniques employed in modern neuroscience research.

Canvas will be used for this class: LINK


  • Midterm 30%
  • Tutorials 20%
  • Final Exam 50%


This course outline is tentative and subject to change.



Neuroscience, 6th Edition. Purves and Augustine.

The textbook will be available in loose-leaf format at the bookstore. Alternatively, for the same price, a 180-day subscription to a “CourseSmart eBook” can be purchased online at www.sinauer.com.

Registrar Notes:

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