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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.

12U Requirements

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

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

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.


  • Highest level Biology
  • Highest level Chemistry
  • Highest level Mathematics

Requirements will vary depending on your curriculum, to see a full list of course equivalents, please visit:

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


Residency RequirementsA minimum of 30 course credits and at least half (50 per cent) of the course credits required in each undergraduate degree program major/minor must be taken at York University.
Graduation RequirementAll graduates must complete the home Faculty requirements, a total of at least 120 credits with a minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 6.00 (B).
General EducationNon-science requirement: 12 credits from at least 2 different disciplines.

To see a list of possible courses, please visit:
Non-Major Science RequirementsSix credits in mathematics selected from:
SC/MATH 1013 3.00 and SC/MATH 1014 3.00
SC/MATH 1506 3.00 and SC/MATH 1507 3.00

Three credits selected from:
LE/EECS 1520 3.00
LE/EECS 1540 3.00
LE/EECS 1570 3.00
SC/CHEM 1000 3.00 and SC/CHEM 1001 3.00
Major CoreStudents must complete a minimum of 64 credits in neuroscience major.
SC/BIOL 1000 3.00
SC/BIOL 1001 3.00
HH/PSYC 1010 6.00
SC/NRSC 1001 1.00 (cross-listed to: HH/NRSC 1001 1.00)
SC/NRSC 2000 3.00 (cross-listed to: HH/NRSC 2000 3.00)
SC/NRSC 2100 3.00 (cross-listed to: HH/NRSC 2100 3.00)
SC/NRSC 2200 3.00 (cross-listed to: HH/NRSC 2200 3.00)
HH/BIOL 2060 3.00
SC/NRSC 3000 3.00 (cross-listed to: HH/NRSC 3000 3.00)
HH/PSYC 3250 3.00
HH/KINE 3650 3.00
SC/NRSC 4000 6.00 / SC/NRSC 4002 6.00 (cross-listed to: HH/NRSC 4000 6.00 / HH/NRSC 4002 6.00)

12 credits selected from the list of courses in the chosen specialized stream

12 credits selected from the list of courses in each of the two alternative specialized streams with a minimum of 3 credits required from each stream.
Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience StreamHH/KINE 3670 3.00
SC/BIOL 4310 3.00
SC/BIOL 4370 3.00
HH/KINE 4230 3.00
HH/KINE 4505 3.00
Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience StreamHH/PSYC 2220 3.00
HH/PSYC 2260 3.00
HH/PSYC 3140 3.00
HH/PSYC 3265 3.00
HH/PSYC 3270 3.00
HH/PSYC 3495 3.00
HH/PSYC 4080 6.00
HH/KINE 4210 3.00
HH/PSYC 4260 3.00
HH/PSYC 4270 3.00
HH/PSYC 4360 3.00
Systems Neuroscience StreamHH/KINE 3020 3.00
SC/BIOL 4380 3.00
HH/PSYC 4215 3.00
HH/KINE 4225 3.00
HH/KINE 4240 3.00
HH/KINE 4500 3.00
HH/PSYC 4380 3.00
Upper Level RequirementA minimum of 42 credits at the 3000 level or 4000 level, including 18 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level in the major with 12 credits at the 4000 level.
Science BreadthA total of 24 credits in science disciplines outside the major, of which the three credits must be at the 2000 level or above. 15 of the 24 credits are satisfied by the General Education requirement. Students in the major will be deemed to have fulfilled required science credits outside the major by completing at least 12 credits in the alternate streams.
Additional Elective CreditsAdditional elective credits as required for an overall total of at least 120 credits. Elective credits may be used to fulfill science and upper-level credits.
The Neuroscience program is ineligible to declare a double major or minor as it is only offered as a Specialized Honours Program.

How to Apply

  1. Complete an Online Application Form.
  2. Pay the application fee.
  3. Submit supporting documents through the York University online portal, MyFile.
    • Within four business days of application, you will receive a confirmation email with your nine-digit student reference number, which will allow you to access your MyFile account and upload your documents.
    • It is important to check your MyFile regularly for any documents you are required to submit and updates to the status of your application.
    • More information about supporting documents, document processing times and decision processing times is available on the I’ve Applied page.

Important Note: Deadlines for each entry period (Fall, Winter & Summer) can be found on the York University Future Students Website.


A degree from the Faculty of Science opens the door to many different pathways and opportunities. York Science offers an ideal learning environment to achieve your highest potential. Our programs are known for academic excellence, with professors who are committed to your success.

Our Experiential Education Coordinator provides career support services to students looking to engage in experiential learning, including co-op and internship workshops, resume help, interview prep, and much more.

The Career Center at York offers free support and resources to students such as career development workshops, one-on-one appointments, networking events, and job boards.

Career Possibilities

  • 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