Neuroscience Major

(Science Program)

HMB: Neuroscience

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.

Enrolment Requirements: 

Neuroscience Major (Science Program) 8.0 FCE

(Effective for students enrolling in programs in April 2018. For students intending to enroll starting April 2017, please consult the 2016-17 Calendar.)

This major is a Type 2L limited enrolment program. Admissions will be based on the following criteria, however achieving the minimum grades listed does not guarantee admission to the neuroscience major in any given year.

Applying with less than 8 FCEs:

  • Completion of BIO130H1 with a minimum grade of 55
  • Completion of CHM135H1 and CHM136H1 or completion of 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. Please carefully check your Transfer Credit Assessments
  • Completion of 4.0 FCE

Applying with 8 or more FCEs completed:

Students may apply for this major program during Round 1 and Round 2 of Type 2L Enrolment after they have earned 4.0 FCE. 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 hmb.undergrad@utoronto.ca after their transfer credit assessment has been complete for program enrolment assessment. For more information about Type 2L enrolment, visit the Faculty of Arts & Science Subject Program Enrolment Instructions website.

Completion Requirements: 

Required Courses (8.0 FCE, including at least 0.5 FCE at the 400-level)

Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems

  1. (CHM135H1, CHM136H1) / (CHM138H1, CHM139H1)/ 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.
  2. MAT135H1/​ PHY131H1/​ PHY151H1/​ CSC120H1/​ CSC148H1
  3. BCH210H1

Biological Foundations of Living Systems

4. BIO120H1, BIO130H1
5. BIO230H1/​ BIO255H1
6. HMB265H1/​ BIO260H1
7. PSL300H1

Neuroscience Concentration Courses

8. HMB200H1
9. HMB300H1
10. CJH332H1
11. 0.5 FCE from HMB320H1/​JHA410H1/​ ANA300Y1

12. 0.5 FCE from HMB360H1/​ HMB420H1/​ HMB430H1/​ HMB440H1/​ HMB450H1/​ HMB471H1/​ HMB473H1/​ HMB496Y1*/HMB499Y1*/CSB345H1/​ CSB346H1/​ CSB430H1/​ CSB432H1/​ CSB445H1/​ CSC321H1/​ LMP410H1/​ NEW335H1/​ NFS489H1/​ PCL475H1/​ PSL374H1/​ PSL432H1/​ PSL440Y1/​ PSL444Y1/​ PSL450H1/​ PSL452H1/​ PSL472H1/​ PSY342H1/​ PSY371H1/​ PSY372H1/​ PSY390H1/​ PSY395H1/​ PSY460H1/​ PSY470H1/​ PSY471H1/​ PSY473H1/​ PSY475Y1/​ PSY480H1/​ PSY490H1/​ PSY492H1/​ PSY493H1/​ PSY492H1/​ PSY493H1/​ PSY494H1/​ PSY496H1

Data Analysis and Research-Based Courses

13. 0.5 FCE in statistics: HMB325H1/​ STA220H1/​ STA288H1/​ PSY201H1
14. 0.5 FCE from a higher-year lab course: HMB310H1/​ HMB314H1/​ PSY399H1

* 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:

  1. Courses can only count toward one requirement, even if listed as options to multiple requisites of the program.
  2. 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.
  3. The Neuroscience major cannot be paired with any other Human Biology Program managed major program.