Neuroscience is a Specialised Honours BSc degree program jointly offered by the Faculty of Science in the Department of Biology and the Faculty of Health in the School of Kinesiology & Health Science and the Department of Psychology. All three entrance pathways allow students to begin the Neuroscience specialization in second year.
York’s neuroscience program combines broad neuroscience foundation courses with the ability, based on a student’s preference, to focus in one of three streams after second year:
- Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
- Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience
- Systems Neuroscience
The interdisciplinary nature of York’s program gives students access to renowned researchers working in many areas of neuroscience. This deep well of expertise ranges, for example, from research into cellular and molecular systems, to cognitive and behavioural processes, to entire neural systems.
Its small size encourages collaboration among students and instructors as they investigate the development, structure and function of the nervous system including the ways they can change – whether naturally or through human intervention.
First-Year Neuroscience – Biology Courses
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Experiential education is woven into the York’s Neuroscience program. In addition to lectures and exams, earning a BSc requires examining real-world case studies, applying theory to field experiences, completing lab projects, and completing the Neuroscience Capstone experience in the final year.
Neuroscience Capstone Experience
A unique feature of York’s Neuroscience program is that 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 an industry or hospital partner.
Examples of Capstone Experience topics might be:
- 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