Faculty of Health, Faculty of Science
Did you know that a brain or nervous system illness or injury will affect one in three Canadians in their lifetime? Autism, addiction, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, spinal injury, and stroke cost the Canadian economy billions of dollars annually. Interested in unlocking the secrets of the brain and nervous system? Understanding the brain and nervous system to address neurological and mental health disorders is one of the most pressing scientific challenges of our time.
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.
The undergraduate Neuroscience program emphasizes hands-on learning and uses methods of assessments that match these experiences, such as interviews, case-studies/simulations, team critical reflections, and an independent or team-based capstone project. Experiential education is woven into York’s Neuroscience program.