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Collaborative Program of the Faculty of Arts & Science and the Faculty of Medicine

Neuroscience is a multidisciplinary field in biology and medical sciences that concerns the study of all aspects related to the nervous system. Over the past 20 years there has been immense growth in neuroscience research, and neuroscience has become a major scientific discipline encompassing a very wide range of research topics and methods. Studies related to mechanisms of learning, memory, motivation, circadian rhythms, pain mechanisms, Alzheimer’s disease and movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Lou Gherig’s disease are a few examples illustrating the wide diversity of neuroscience topics.

The Specialist program in Neursoscience is a joint program among the Departments of Physiology, Psychology and Zoology, and provides a comprehensive and broad training in neuroscience. In years 3 and 4 students will be able to choose from a wide range of neuroscience courses and focus on their particular interest. The major areas of possible specialization include molecular, cellular, systems, behavioural, cognitive and computational neuroscience. Students in the program must take the neuroscience lab course in third year.

Undergraduate Program Director:

Professor M. Ralph, Department of Psychology, Sidney Smith Hall, Rm. 4017 (416-978-7621)

Undergraduate Advisor:

Professor W.A. MacKay, Department of Physiology, Medical Sciences Building, Rm. 3306 (416-978-2675)

Neuroscience Program

Enrolment in the program is limited. Applicants must have completed or be completing the required first year courses and will be selected on the basis of GPA, which is determined on a yearly basis by the Program Director.

Neuroscience (Science program)

Specialist program:
(14 full courses or their equivalent, including at least one full 400-series course)

First Year:
BIO150Y1; CHM138H1, CHM139H1; MAT135Y1; PHY110Y1/PHY138Y1; PSY101H1/PSY100Y1

Second Year:
BIO250Y1/MAT235Y1; CHM247H1/STA250H1/PSY201H1, PSY202H1; NRS201H1, NRS202H1; PSL300H1/ZOO252Y1/PSY391H1; PSY260H1/PSY270H1/PSY280H1

Third Year:
1. BCH210H1, NRS302H1
2. 1.0 FCE from: BIO349H1; PSL301H1, PSL303Y1; PSY260H1, PSY270H1, PSY280H1
3. 1.0 FCE from: PCL301H1, PCL302H1; PSY312H1, PSY316H1, PSY362H1, PSY369H1, PSY370H1, PSY371H1, PSY372H1, PSY375H1, PSY379H1, PSY380H1, PSY389H1, PSY390H1, PSY392H1, PSY393H1, PSY394H1, PSY396H1; JZP326H1; ZOO332H1

Fourth Year:
3.0 FCEs from: JZP326H1, JZP428H1; NRS400Y1; PCL475Y1; PSL303Y1, PSL424H1, PSL432H1, PSL433H1, PSL440Y1, 441H1, PSL443H1, PSL444Y1, PSL452H1, PSL454H1, PSL460H1, PSL472H1, PSL497H1; PSY312H1, PSY316H1, PSY362H1, PSY369H1, PSY370H1, PSY371H1, PSY372H1, PSY375H1, PSY379H1, PSY380H1, PSY389H1, PSY390H1, PSY392H1, PSY393H1, PSY394H1, PSY396H1, PSY460H1, PSY470H1, PSY471H1, PSY480H1, PSY490H1; ZOO443H1, ZOO485Y1

Students should carefully study the prerequisites for courses they plan to take in higher years. Consult the individual Advisors for assistance.

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