York’s undergraduate Neuroscience program has several unique features. Based on their interests, students choose one of three entry pathways by selecting Biology, Kinesiology & Health Science, or Psychology as their home program. The adventure begins with a solid science curriculum in first year, including the keystone course Frontiers in Neuroscience.
Each year then builds on the successes of the prior year. Students experience a broad neuroscience foundation in second year. In third year, they develop their understanding by choosing courses from the three specialization streams (cellular/molecular, cognitive/behavioural, or systems neuroscience), and put it all together with a stimulating, research-based capstone course in fourth year.
The undergraduate Neuroscience program emphasizes hands-on learning and uses methods of assessments that match these experiences, such as interviews, case-studies/simulations, team critical reflections, and an independent or team-based capstone project. Experiential education is woven into York’s Neuroscience program.
Neuroscience Capstone Experience
Each student’s program will culminate in the completion of the Neuroscience capstone experience – either conducting an individual research project or participating in a team-based research project. Regardless, students will complete a project that has direct relevance to current research in neuroscience, whether on campus or with industry or hospital partners. Examples of the kinds of capstone research experience include:
- The roles of genetics and the environment on autism
- How the brain plans actions in three-dimensional space
- The visual system’s role in outer space
- Reality check: What the senses tell the brain about the world
- Smart synapses: The making and breaking of memories
- The cellular and molecular basis of brain disorders
Please note that while the capstone experience is guaranteed, participation and the nature of the experience will vary depending on the projects, researchers, and partners available at the time.
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