Spring 2022 - BISC 405 D100

Neurobiology (3)

Class Number: 1962

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    AQ 3003, Burnaby

    Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
    AQ 3003, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    BISC 205 or BPK 205 and MBB 231 with a grade of C- or better.



Neuroscience, focusing on physiological, 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.


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


This course outline is tentative and subject to change.


Mode of teaching:
Lecture: In person (recorded)
Tutorial: In person
Midterm: In person; date: TBA
Final exam: In person; date: TBA



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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Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.