This course examines the effects of drugs on the nervous system and associated changes in mood, cognition and behavior. Legal and illegal recreational drugs are considered, as well as therapeutic agents used to treat psychological illnesses such as depression and schizophrenia. Focus is on controversial issues such as binge drinking, addiction to prescription medications, the medical use of marijuana, psychotherapeutic medication of children, the power of the pharmaceutical industry and the use of cognitive/performance enhancers. Prerequisites: NSC 110 or PSY 110 or PSY 130 AND PSY 202 or NSC 230. Enrollment limit of 25 students.