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Neurobiology of Biological Clocks and Sleep (324-0-20)


Fred W Turek
Cook Hall, Room 2-141

Meeting Info

Technological Institute F281: Tues, Thurs 11:00AM - 12:20PM

Overview of class

This course is designed to offer the student a comprehensive treatment of the properties and the role of biological clocks in living systems with emphasis on daily (i.e. circadian) sleep and seasonal rhythms. The course will examine the general properties of biological clocks and will analyze how biological clocks are used to time a number of diverse activities at the level of the cell, the organ, as well as the organism. Special emphasis will be placed on the neural basis for the generation of circadian rhythms and on the regulation of the sleep-wake cycle. The importance of biological rhythms for human health and disease will be covered in this course. Much of this course will involve the analysis and discussion of classic and recent experiments that have been carried out in the study of biological clocks and the control of the sleep-wake cycle. This class will be taught remotely and synchronously.

Registration Requirements

Prerequisite: NEUROSCI 202-0 or NEUROSCI 311-0 or BIOL_SCI 302-0.

Teaching Method

Lectures and discussion of classic and current research being carried out in the field of sleep and circadian rhythm as well as student presentations of recent scientific articles related to the importance of sleep and rhythm for human health, safety, performance and productivity.

Evaluation Method

Midterm - 25%
Combination of Class Presentations and Term Paper - 35%
Final Exam - 40%

Class Materials (Required)

Readings will be provided via Canvas.

Class Materials (Suggested)


Class Notes

Prerequisite: Students must have completed NEUROSCI 202-0 or NEUROSCI 311-0 or BIOL_SCI 302-0.

Class Attributes

Prerequisites apply, see description

Enrollment Requirements

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: Student must have completed NEUROSCI 202-0, or NEUROSCI 311-0, or BIOL_SCI 302-0.