Mar 31, 2023  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23
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BIOS 2060 - Drugs and the Brain

For nonmajors. The brain creates behavior in part via multiple chemical messenger (neurotransmitter) systems that serve specific functions such as mood alteration and arousal. Recreational and psychoactive medical drugs work by mimicking these natural messenger systems, and thus help elucidate the behavioral functions of different neurotransmitter classes. Reviews nervous system structure and chemical signaling pathways and then survey the major classes of psychoactive drugs, including alcohol, opium, cocaine, amphetamines, nicotine, caffeine, marijuana, the hallucinogens, and the antidepressants. Particular attention is paid to the biological bases of their effects.

Requisites: BIOS 1030 or 1710 or PSY 1010
Credit Hours: 3
General Education Code (students who entered prior to Fall 2021-22): 2NS
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will learn how the human brain works and the role of different chemical in normal brain activity.
  • Students will learn the effects of different drugs on the activity of the brain.

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