NEUROSCIENCE: BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR COURSES

Neuro I: Introduction to Central Nervous System

Neuro III: Principles of Action Potentials

Neuro II: Principles of Neurotransmission

Students go in-depth learning about the central nervous system and how the brain plays a role in this region of the body. Students go on to learn about parts of the brain and their functions.

This course teaches students about the basics of how brain cells send messages throughout different parts of the body and how this process effects behavior.

Students learn the various factors that affect how well neurons can send messages. Students also learn about ways that drugs and other medicines may impact how messages are sent.

Neuro IV: Roles of Neurotransmitters

Neuro VI: Uses of Neural Sciences and Medicine

Neuro V: Exploring How Transmitters Effect Receptors

Students learn how to use their knowledge of neurotransmission to better understand areas of modern day medicine. This course is especially encourged to students wish to pursue brain-related areas of medicine.

Neuro VII: Uses of Neural Science and Learning

Students learn to use their knowledge of neuroscience and the brain to to study learning in immigrant and refugee communities. Specifically, the goal is to attempt to improve learning for students in these communities.

Explores the ways in which different neurotransmitters impact how ions and other molecules carrying messages bind to other neurons.

Students go in-depth learning about the different functions that each type of neurotransmitters play in the body. Students also learning about specific areas of behavior that neurotransmitters may affect.

Neuro VIII: Uses of Neural Science in Social Justice Issues

Students learn about issues affecting race and equality in our nation today. Students then practice using their knowledge of the brain to try and address an issue related to race or equality that is of interest to them.

Additional Requirements

Student Research Projects

Student projects continually set our students apart from others across the nation. These ongoing projects are critical in order for students to be ready to apply and be competitive for top universities come 11th Grade.

  • Required to develop and complete 1 research project per school year.

 

Conference Presentations

  • Must present each project at one of the following University of Minnesota Conference:

    • Fall Research Showcase

    • Spring Fling Event

    • Summer Summit

  • Additional Option: Students are encouraged to submit their projects for presentations at other professional conferences around the nation. Presentations given at other national conferences will further improve students' chances of being admitted to Ivy League Universities (e.g. Harvard, Yale, Stanford, etc.)

Publishing Student Research

  • Students are required to turn their projects into written research reports and submit them for publication in our Junior Scholars Research Journal

  • Student submissions will be reviewed by faculty from around the nation

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