BIOL 414 (Fall)

Invertebrate Brain Circuits & Behaviour

T. Ohyama
(514) 398-2124
3 credits (2-1-6)
Basic of neurobiology (as provided by prerequisite courses BIOL 306, NSCI 200, NSCI 201, PHGY 311, or NEUR 310) and basic computer skills (such as those offered by COMP 201 or its equivalent) are essential.

BIOL 414 is a lecture course that covers the neural and molecular underpinnings of animal behavior, elucidating how such mechanisms work together in the context of neural circuits to drive specific behaviors. Topics will include odor-guided navigation and pheromone communication, visual processing of color and shape, the neuroscience of circadian rhythms, and the molecular and genetic basis of learning and memory. We will touch upon the emerging field of bio-robotics, where principles of insect sensory integration and locomotion are incorporated into robot design.

Readings will be taken from textbooks as well as journal articles
2 hours lecture and 1 hour mandatory seminar per week
Midterm and final exams, short written assignments, class participation  

McGill University values academic integrity. Therefore all students must understand the meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism and other academic offences under the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures (see for more information).
Last update: March 19, 2019