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Course Offerings

Use the Teachers College Course Schedule to search course offerings in Neuroscience & Education and related fields in Biobehavioral Sciences, Human Development and other departments at Teachers College.

To search course offerings at Columbia's Morningside and Medical campuses, visit the Columbia University Directory of Classes.

Classes Routinely Offered (see Teachers College Course Schedule for details)

  • BBSN 4xxx Foundations in Neuroscience—Fall

  • BBS 4032 Cognitive Neuroscience & Education

This course will use cognitive neuroscience as a conceptual framework to examine educational practices as they apply to reading, writing, and mathematics. Students will learn the basic brain structures that contribute to learning and memory, and the development of the aforementioned academic skills. We will also discuss how experience interacts with these brain structures to enhance these skills and the development of learning deficits. In addition, this course will help students learn how to apply knowledge of the brain in the classroom and how to use the existing literature in cognitive neuroscience to recognize, understand, and create sound educational practice and policy.

  • BBS4032 Neuroscience of human speech and language

    An introduction to the neurological bases of normal speech and language perception, production and use.
    Instructor: Karen Froud

  • BBS5068  Brain and Behavior I: Communication in the nervous system

    An introduction to communication within the nervous system and functional brain neuroanatomy. Examination of chemical circuits in the brain and associated pathologies, such as Parkinson’s disease, Tourettes, schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety.
    Instructor: Andrew Gordon

  • BBS5069  Brain and Behavior II: Perception, emotion, memory and cognition

    An introduction to brain processes associated with perception, emotion, memory and cognition. Consequences of damage to these neurobehavioral processes are examined through reading and discussion of clinical case studies.

  • BBS5070  Neural Basis of Language and Cognitive Development

This course offers an in-depth review of developmental cognitive neuroscience. We will consider questions such as: What is the nature of developmental change? What are the brain mechanisms underlying cognitive, linguistic and sensory-motor development during infancy and childhood?  We will also evaluate implications of findings from developmental cognitive neuroscience for broader scientific issues including nature vs. nurture, critical periods in development, and the modularity of mental functions. We will investigate current methodologies that are used to address questions about neural development.  Finally, we ask what changes in brain development underlie disorders such as Specific Language Impairment, Dyslexia, Autism and Williams syndrome, and how such disorders inform us about the theoretical questions that drive research in developmental cognitive neuroscience.

  • BBSN 5122 Psychoneuroimmunology-- Spring

Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) is a field that integrates behavioral sciences, neuroscience, endocrinology, and immunology.  This course is divided into three modules.  The first module will introduce the principles of neuroscience, immunology, and endocrinology.  This material will facilitate discussion of research methods and empirical findings to be presented in the next module. The second module will survey foundational work and current research related to brain-immune interactions and how they influence health and disease.  The third module will focus on brain-immune interactions relevant to cognitive neuroscience including learning, memory, attention and cognitive disorders.  The course will end by highlighting new approaches and directions in PNI.

  • BBSN 5199 Current Issues in Neuroscience --Spring

    This course is intended to introduce current neuroscience research to graduate students. Each week we will discuss a new topic on the frontiers of neuroscience and guest lecturers in the field will present their work. Students are expected to read the background literature posted on Moodle and be ready to participate in class discussions and ask questions after guest lectures.

  • BBSN 5xxx Human Functional Neuroanatomy—Fall/Summer

  • BBSN 5575  Integrative Sem:Neurosci/Educt 

    The integrative seminar is offered in the Spring Term and represents a forum for students to actively engage in the evaluation of empirical research in the neurosciences, learn to present critiques using power point presentations, to develop ideas about a thesis topic, to understand the process of doing research, to understand and practice the process of grant writing, and to think about relations between neuroscience and education.  As part of this process, students form into groups and develop projects as part of “Brain Awareness Week”.  These projects are taken into local schools and presented to children in classrooms.  In addition, the class includes a hands-on sheep brain dissection.

Lab-Based Training in Brain Imaging: EEG, eye tracking, and fMRI

  • BBSN 5000  Elctencphlgrphy Lab Mthds

    Taught by Dr. Froud in the Neurocognition of Language Lab introducing high-density EEG/ERP methods. The EEG course is offered as an intensive course, generally offered as a half-semester in the Spring and/or Summer based on demand.

  • BBSN 5199  Eye Tracking Methods Lab

    The course aims to explore the theory and methods associated with the use of eye tracking in cognitive research. Students will learn to use TOBII and ASL eye trackers and will design, run and analyze an experiment employing these technologies.  In addition, we will learn to use other dynamic event recording systems, including ELAN, MACSHAPA, PRAAT and CHILDES.

  • The Neuroscience & Education program is currently developing an fMRI class that will be offered at Teachers College by Georgia Malandraki, Ph.D.  Students can also participate in intensive fMRI (and other methods) trainings offered by the Martinos Center in Boston and register for independent study credits at Teachers College. Speak with Peter Gordon if you are interested in opportunities of this kind.