Neuroendocrinology (11:067:410)

(3 credits)

Normally Offered: The course is offered every odd-numbered year in the fall semester by Dr. Dipak K. Sarkar. This course is cross-listed with the graduate course 16:067:510.

Prerequisites and Other Registration Restrictions: Pre- or co-requisite: 11:067:300 or 01:146:356 or by special permission. Open to juniors and seniors.

Format: This course is conducted primarily as a lecture course for undergraduates. However, undergraduate students also need to participate in discussion of research presentations by the graduate students in the class. Additional help is provided through office hours (2-3PM on Thursday or 10-11AM on Friday in Room 104, Endocrine Research Bldg., 67 Poultry Farm Lane, SEBS) or by appointment (voice: 732-932-1529; email:

Description: The course provides a comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of the inter-relationships between the central nervous system and the endocrine system in the mammal. The course also provides the student with basic concepts and experimental approaches in mammalian neuroendocrinology including cellular and molecular actions of hypothalamic and pituitary hormones and the role of these hormones in controlling reproductive functions, body metabolism (e.g. obesity and diabetes), stress, growth, biological rhythms, drug addiction and immunity. It also provides the opportunity for the student to learn how to critically interpret information from the neuroendocrinology literature. It is expected that students in the class have a solid background in biology and in physiological processes. The course materials will be provided in the class (class notes and research presentations). For additional reading material it is recommended that the student contact Cambridge University Press to obtain the textbook: An Introduction to Neuroendocrinology by Richard E Brown (1999), Cambridge University Press, New York, NY.

Examinations: Two take-home examinations, each consisting of 30 points, will be given on the topics discussed in the lectures. These exams will be formatted as short-essay and problem-solving questions. The final exam consists of 40 points, and will be given in class and will consist of quizzes and short answers questions. A grade of "F" will be assigned for any missing exam. The letter and % grade equivalence are: A=91-100%; B+=86-90%; B=81-85%; C+=76-80%; C=71-75%; D=61-70%; F=0-60%.

Additional Information: Contact Dr. Sarkar (848-932-1529;

Syllabus (may be subject to change)