During development of the nervous system, a diverse array of neuronal and glial cell types is generated. These neuronal types are defined by unique morphological, physiological and biochemical characteristics. Different neuronal types develop complex and precise patterns of interconnections. Normal function of the mature nervous system depends on normal development of these features. This course will examine our current knowledge of how these features develop. General cellular and molecular mechanisms along with the experimental data demonstrating the mechanisms will be emphasized rather than a detailed account of specific developmental events. This is a ‘hands on’ course that requires students to seek out information as well as to learn the assigned material. The course format allows flexibility in the topics students choose to study in detail.