The Brain: Introduction to Neuroscience


3.0 units of USC credit




Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 3:30pm

Special Dress Code

For field trips, long pants/slacks or skirts, no jeans, close-toed shoes and dress shirt/blouse


Are you considering a career in healthcare, psychology, or the behavioral sciences? Are you otherwise interested in the scientific study of the human brain? In this introduction to the anatomy and function of the brain, you will discover some common and unusual aspects of the brain in everyday life and under abnormal circumstances. You will explore normal brain development as well as abnormal occurrences in the brain and their effects on human function and behavior over the lifespan.


  • Participate in experiential activities, including labs, to enhance your understanding of how we think, learn and express ourselves
  • Practice what you learn in the completion of a final course project

Topic of Study

  • Spectrum of neuroscience
  • Memory & learning
  • Normal & abnormal function
  • Lifespan development & aging
  • Brain structure & function
  • Neurologic dysfunction
  • Neuroethics

“This course has made me want to pursue a degree in biological sciences.  I am so glad I took this course.”