Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field aimed at understanding the brain and nervous system utilizing integration of research at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels, and through all stages of human development. The application of neuroscience has important implications for understanding human behaviour and for promoting the development of effective strategies for diagnosing and treating nervous system disorders. The objective of the HMB: Neuroscience specialist and major programs is to provide students with a solid foundation and facilitates the integration of concepts from multiple fields to their understanding of neuroscience.
This is a limited enrolment program. Students must have completed 4.0 credits and meet the requirements listed below to enrol.
Note there are different options depending on whether a student has completed between 4.0 and 8.5 credits, or 9.0 or more credits.
For students who have completed between 4.0 and 8.5 credits:
Variable Minimum Grade
Minimum grades in required courses or their equivalents are needed for entry, and these minimums change each year depending on available spaces and the number of applicants. The following courses must be completed:
To ensure that students admitted to the program will be successful, applicants with a final grade lower than 55% in BIO130H1, a final grade average lower than 70% in ( CHM135H1, CHM136H1), or a final grade lower than 70% in CHM151Y1 will not be considered for admission. Please note that obtaining the minimum final grades does not guarantee admission to the program.
For students who have completed 9.0 or more credits:
Variable Minimum Grade
A minimum grade is needed for entry, and this minimum changes each year depending on available spaces and the number of applicants. The following courses or their equivalents must be completed:
To ensure that students admitted to the program will be successful, applicants with a final grade lower than 55% in BIO230H1/ BIO255H1 will not be considered for admission. Please note that obtaining this minimum final grade does not guarantee admission to the program.
Students applying for admissions to the program utilizing transfer credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students entering from CEGEP or from another university should contact email@example.com after their transfer credit assessment has been complete for program enrolment assessment. Please consult the Arts & Science Program Toolkit for more information on program enrolment.
Required Courses (8.0 credits, including at least 0.5 credit at the 400-level)
Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
- ( CHM135H1, CHM136H1)/ CHM151Y1
Transfer credits will be accepted in lieu of the chemistry requirements only if they carry a direct exclusion or equivalency to a pre-approved chemistry course.
- MAT135H1/ PHY131H1/ PHY151H1/ CSC120H1/ CSC148H1
Biological Foundations of Living Systems
4. BIO120H1, BIO130H1
5. BIO230H1/ BIO255H1
6. HMB265H1/ BIO260H1
Neuroscience Concentration Courses
11. 0.5 credit from HMB320H1/ JHA410H1/ ANA300Y1
12. 0.5 credit from HMB360H1/ HMB385H1/ HMB420H1/ HMB430H1/ HMB440H1/ HMB442H1 / HMB450H1/ HMB460H1/ HMB471H1/ HMB473H1 / HMB490Y1/ HMB491Y1/ HMB496Y1*/ JHA410H1/ CSB345H1/ CSB346H1/ CSB430H1/ CSB432H1/ CSB445H1/ CSC321H1/ LMP410H1/ NEW335H1/ BPM335H1/ NFS489H1/ PCL475H1/ PCL476H1/ PSL374H1/ PSL432H1/ PSL440Y1/ PSL445H1/ PSL446H1/ PSL450H1/ PSL452H1/ PSL472H1/ PSY342H1/ PSY371H1/ PSY372H1/ PSY390H1/ PSY395H1/ PSY460H1/ PSY470H1/ PSY471H1/ PSY473H1/ PSY480H1/ PSY490H1/ PSY492H1/ PSY493H1/ PSY492H1/ PSY493H1/ PSY494H1/ PSY496H1
Data Analysis and Research-Based Courses
13. 0.5 credit in statistics: EEB225H1/ STA220H1/ STA288H1/ PSY201H1
14. 0.5 credit from a higher-year lab course: HMB310H1/ HMB314H1/ PSY369H1
* A research project from a different unit may be accepted with prior written approval from Human Biology if the course is not counting toward a different program.
Neuroscience Major Notes:
- Courses can only count toward one requirement, even if listed as options to multiple requisites of the program.
- Not all courses listed have priority enrolment for Neuroscience majors. Students are responsible for checking priority of courses and meeting course prerequisites for courses they wish to take.
- The Neuroscience major cannot be paired with any other Human Biology Program managed major program.
- Effective Fall 2021, courses associated with New College's Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health program will have the new "BPM" designator.
Neuroscience Centric Courses:
HMB200H1, HMB300H1, HMB310H1, HMB320H1, CJH332H1, HMB360H1, JHA410H1, HMB420H1, HMB430H1, HMB440H1, HMB442H1, HMB450H1, HMB460H1, HMB473H1