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PSYC 4160  NEUROPHARMACOLOGY (3 credits)

Neuropharmacology will introduce students to ligand-receptor interactions and their effects on behavior, cognition, and development. This course will characterize the molecular structure of ligands and how these small molecules or biologics affect central nervous system receptors and transporters. Students will learn about structure-activity relationships and principles of pharmacology: distribution, metabolism, pharmacokinetics, and elimination) and explore the historical milestones in drug development. We'll also discuss the dynamic actions of drugs of abused drugs and the mechanisms of action. For undergraduate Neuroscience Majors, the course counts as a Neuroscience Block 1. (Cross-listed with PSYC 8166, NEUR 4160, NEUR 8166).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): NEUR 1520 or NEUR 1540 or PSYC 1020 or BIOL 1450. PSYC 4230 recommended for students who have not taken NEUR 1520 or BIOL 1450.