L&S Curricular Connections

L&S Discovery Courses

LS C30T / Molecular and Cell Biology C62

Drugs and the Brain

Biological Science

Nowhere are the connections between chemistry, cell biology, physiology, psychology, sociology, public policy, and constitutional law more vividly illustrated than in understanding the effects of drugs on the human brain and human behavior. This L&S Discovery Course will deal with just that: the biology, chemistry, psychology, and sociology of psychoactive drugs. Such substances—which include stimulants, sedatives, psychedelics, analgesics, antidepressants, antipsychotics, and others—have powerful effects on the human brain and on human behavior. The origins of drugs as components of plants that have enjoyed deep historical relationships with humankind will be emphasized. The necessary biological, chemical, and psychological background material for understanding the content of this course will be contained within the course itself.

Terms Offered

  • Fall 2022
  • Fall 2020
  • Fall 2019
  • Fall 2018
  • Fall 2017
  • Fall 2015
  • Fall 2014
  • Fall 2013
  • Fall 2012
  • Fall 2011
  • Fall 2010
  • Spring 2010
  • Fall 2008
  • Fall 2007
  • Fall 2006
  • Fall 2005
David Presti faculty profile
David Presti (Molecular and Cell Biology)

Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Teaching