• 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 to 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.
• B.Sc., Spec. Hons. Neuroscience – Biology in the Faculty of Science, (OUAC code YVA)
• B.Sc., Spec. Hons. Neuroscience – Kinesiology & Health Science in the Faculty of Health, (OUAC code YHU)
• B.Sc., Spec. Hons. Neuroscience – Psychology in the Faculty of Health, (OUAC code YHU)
This choice becomes your ‘entry pathway’ into the Neuroscience program. Regardless of which entry pathway you use, you will take common foundational Neuroscience courses and have similar experiences. The decision you make is entirely up to your interests when you apply.
At the end of the second year, you will choose the Neuroscience stream in which you’d like to specialize. The entry pathway (first-year) is different than the Neuroscience stream (third and fourth years).
• Interdisciplinary content/research, greater breadth of Neuroscience courses
• Taught by distinguished neuroscientists from various academic backgrounds and experiences
• Experiential, hands on, opportunities to work with Neuroscience researchers by volunteering in their labs and/or with a final year individual or team based research project.
• Specialized Neuroscience (NRSC) courses designed to build critical reflection, oral and written communication skills, and provide opportunities to engage in active learning through group interactions and applied thinking.
• Neuroscience courses (NRSC) designed such that the evaluation of knowledge and skills are flexible, accessible, and enable students to make choices to be more involved in the learning process.
Second-year curriculum: You will take several new Neuroscience courses, including NRSC 2200 3.0 Neuroscience Techniques, which is specifically designed for Neuroscience majors. You will also take any key courses that you need to take to satisfy your degree requirements as well as prerequisite courses required for 3rd and 4th year courses.
Declaring your streams: At the end of the second year, you will choose to focus on one of three streams. You can choose any stream regardless of your entry pathway. The program streams you can choose from are:
You will take a minimum of 12 credits in your chosen stream and are also required to take 12 credits from across the other two streams. Thus, you achieve depth in one stream and breadth by taking courses in the other two streams. Regardless of incoming Neuroscience entry pathways (i.e. Psychology, Kinesiology & Health Sciences, and Biology) students can select courses from any of the streams.
Third-year curriculum: You will pursue completion of 12 credits from your chosen stream and 12 credits from the other two streams.
Fourth-year curriculum: During your final year, you will complete a 6-credit Neuroscience Capstone project. This will be either a thesis-based individual project or a problem-based group project. Both options are research-based, and the context could be a research lab, a clinical setting, or with other community or industry partners.
The team-based group project (NRSC 4002) allows you to develop solutions to applied research problems, typically in the community working with hospital or industry partners.
The thesis course (NRSC 4000) engages you in a research-intensive experimental lab project or a clinically focused research project, either in a lab at York or with a partner in a community setting (industry or hospital)
I am currently completing my B.Sc. degree at York, but not in Neuroscience. Can I transfer into the Neuroscience program?
We cannot consider students from other programs or transfer students until 2024, and then only if space is available. If you are interested in learning more about the brain and nervous system, many existing courses in Biology, Kinesiology & Health Science, and Psychology have neuroscience content (see the Courses webpage for titles and course codes). These courses are open to non-Neuroscience majors, so long as the prerequisites are satisfied.