Molecular Neuroscience will provide students an advanced understanding of how the brain works with a focus on protein function.  Everything the brain does is built upon the actions of proteins. Together we will work to thoroughly understand the exact molecular mechanisms utilized by the brain to support the complex function of our most fascinating organ. Topics covered will include brain morphogenesis, axonal outgrowth, synapse formation, neurotransmitter biosynthesis, intracellular signaling, and the blood brain barrier. This lecture course is designed to fulfill a neuroscience major’s requirement for an advanced course.  Non-neuroscience majors should seek coursemaster approval before enrolling and must have a significant background in biology and/or chemistry. Students will be required to purchase a text.  Grades will be assigned based on points accumulated through weekly quizzes, cumulative exams, and written reports.