Sample courses

Modern neuroscience integrates the disciplines of psychology, cell biology, genetics, biochemistry, physiology, anatomy, and other branches of the life sciences. Through these different, but related disciplines, you'll learn the structure and function of the brain and nervous system.

You’ll have the opportunity to work in research labs and engage in studies that analyze the brain and its involvement in controlling behaviour. The knowledge you'll obtain during your Neuroscience degree can be applied to a variety of human health problems, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and various drug- or injury-induced behavioural disorders.

In your first year of study, you'll be required to take courses that will provide a firm grounding in the physical and biological sciences. In subsequent years, the courses draw from the fields of  neuroscience, psychology and biology.

Sample courses:

PSYO 1011
Introduction to Psychology and Neuroscience I: From Neuron to Person

Material covered includes historical background, research methodology, neural mechanisms that underlie behaviour, sensory and perceptual processes, states of consciousness, learning, and memory. The class is taught by several different instructors with expertise in the topics covered. Biweekly labs add depth to the material covered in lectures.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites.
Exclusions: PSYO 1000X/Y.06, PSYO 1001X/Y.06, PSYO 1010X/Y.06, PSYO 1021.03, SCIE 1500X/Y.30, SCIE 1501X/Y.27, SCIE 1503X/Y.21, SCIE 1504X/Y.27, SCIE 1510X/Y.33

NESC 2007
Neuroscience Principles and Methods

This class introduces methods used to investigate contemporary issues in Neurobiology. Characteristics of these methods, including their strengths and limitations, are presented conceptually in lectures, and then practically in the form of supervised laboratory experiments where students implement in the lab what they encountered first in lectures.

Prerequisites: PSYO 1011.03/1012.03 or PSYO 1021.03/1022.03 or SCIE 1501X/Y.27, 1502X/Y.21, 1503X/Y.21, 1504X/Y.27, or 1510X/Y.33 or BIOL 1010.03/1011.03 or BIOL 1020.03/1021.03 (with a grade of B- or better)
Exclusions: PSYO 2000.03

NESC 2470
System Neuroscience

This class provides an introduction to the functional systems of the brain. We examine neural systems (e.g., the sensory systems, motor system, neurotransmitter-specific systems) individually. We explore their anatomy and function, neurobiological properties that make each unique, and factors that are common to all neural systems (e.g., development and plasticity).

Prerequisites: NESC/PSYO 2570.03 or instructor's consent
Exclusions: PSYO 2770.03, NESC 2270.03, PSYO 2270.03

NESC 3237
Drugs and Behaviour

An introduction to behavioural psychopharmacology. The lectures involve basic anatomy, physiology, and chemistry of the nervous system. Behavioural effects and underlying mechanisms of various psychoactive drugs are discussed. Specific topics covered are alcohol, tobacco, amphetamines, cocaine, opiates, hallucinogens, tranquilizers, and antipsychotic drugs.

Prerequisites: PSYO 2000.03 or NESC 2007.03, and one of NESC/PSYO 2170.03, 2470.03, 2570.03, or PSYO 2770.03

NESC 4007
Contemporary Issues in Neuroscience

This is a seminar class that focuses on a significant theme or topic in the research literature in Neuroscience. Topics vary from year to year. Consult the department for the details about class content.

Prerequisites: NESC Honours student. Signed permission of the instructor required.