It starts with a dividing glob of cells.  Not a single cell is any different, but with the right application of magic and a few short days, not only is your stomach a stomach, and your brain a brain, but all of the different kinds of cells of your brain needs to function are in the perfect spot and at the perfect number.  Every neuron finds its exact target even when that means having to read a complex set of signals that change every few micrometers.  Add to this exquisite complexity, all the things that can go wrong from genetics to environmental exposures and it is truly amazing that neurodevelopment happens successfully as often as it does.   This course will explore the “magic” that is the development of the nervous system.  Students will understand the complex cellular and molecular mechanisms at play to form a functional brain and explore where problems can occur to cause the most common neurodevelopmental disorders.