PSY 306 Drugs and Behavior, 3 credits

Drug abuse is our nation’s number one health and social problem. In this course students will examine the use and abuse of drugs from many perspectives: social, historical, legal, medical, pharmacological and psychological. Beginning with a basic coverage of how the brain controls behavior, we will look at how drugs interact with the brain to have such powerful effects on behavior. Topics will include the medical use of drugs (including over-the-counter and psychotherapeutic drugs), the illegal abuse of drugs like heroin and cocaine, and the use and abuse of legal drugs such as caffeine, nicotine and alcohol.

Prerequisite: PSY 123. Spring odd years