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Neuroscience (Biology)

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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.

Typical First-Year Courses

  • BIOL 1000 Biology I - Cells, Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • BIOL 1001 Biology II - Evolution, Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
  • MATH 1505 Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences
  • CHEM 1000 Chemical Structure
  • CHEM 1001 Chemical Dynamics
  • PSYC 1010 Introduction to Psychology
  • NRSC 1001 Frontiers of Neuroscience

Students entering Faculty of Science, B.Sc., Spec. Hons. Neuroscience - Biology, will take the following 25 credits, plus 6 others for a total of 31 credits.

12U Requirements

When you are assessed for admission to York University’s Neuroscience program, we assess you on the following four courses:

  • English ENG4U
  • Biology SBI4U
  • Chemistry SCH4U
  • Advanced Functions MHF4U

HOWEVER, we also look at the results of the top two of any other grade 12 4U or 4M credits for calculation of any scholarships you might be offered.

If you are not eligible for Neuroscience based on the four required courses, above, we may then look at all six courses (English ENG4U, Biology SBI4U, Chemistry SCH4U, Advanced Functions MHF4U plus the top two grades from your other 12 4U or 4M courses) to propose an alternative program you may wish to consider.

Career Options

  • Medical school
  • Graduate school in the Neuroscience field,
  • Clinical data collection
  • Clinical research
  • Community programming
  • Analytical laboratory work
  • Medical devices and therapies
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Science advocacy