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Neuroscience Specialist (HBSc)

Program Overview

Neuroscience is a highly interdisciplinary scientific field of study that offers insight into the structure and function of the brain and the nervous system. Our nervous system is responsible for an enormous range of tasks, from regulating essential body functions such as breathing and digestion to producing our thoughts, emotions, and behaviours. Neuroscientists are interested in understanding the normal development and activity of the nervous system, as well as what happens under atypical circumstances such as neurological injury, diseases, and disorders. The Specialist Program in Neuroscience is research-intensive and allows students to choose one of three streams to concentrate their studies: Cellular/Molecular, Systems/Behavioural, or Cognitive.

Complementary Programs:  PsychologyMental Health StudiesHuman BiologyMolecular BiologyComputer Science

Check out future career opportunities and skills acquired from completing this program:

Competencies & Skills
  • Analyze ideas and information
  • Communicate clearly
  • both orally and in writing
  • Design experiments and conduct studies
  • Gather
  • analyze and interpret data
  • Inform and explain ideas
  • Perceive and understand individuals
  • Computational modelling
  • Neuroimaging
Careers for Graduates
  • Researcher in Hospitals or Universities
  • Data Analyst
  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Rehabilitation Counsellor
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Disability Case Manager in Public Insurance
  • Volunteer Coordinator in Disease-Focused Education
  • Medical careers
  • Science Educator
Further Education
  • Neuroscience
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Public Health
  • Education

Program Pathway

Year 1 | Year 2 | Year 3 | Year 4

Year 1
Choose Your Courses Wisely
Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
Apply Theory to Practice
  • Attend the UTSC Faculty Mix & Mingle Fair to connect with professors and learn more about their specialties.
  • Start building your Co-Curricular Record (CCR) and search for Experiential Learning opportunities.

Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
Plan for Your Future Career

Year 2
Choose Your Courses Wisely
Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
Apply Theory to Practice
  • Get involved in the Psychology & Neuroscience Undergraduate Journal Club to learn how to critically analyze scientific literature, and discuss articles with peers.
  • Check out Global Research Abroad opportunities through the ISC to gain valuable international and research experiences.

Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
Plan for Your Future Career
  • Gain experience by applying for a summer, part-time or Work Study position via CLNx (
  • Considering grad school?  Speak to professors and advisors early so you are on track.
  • Explore careers through the AA&CC’s Job Shadowing and In The Field programs.

Year 3
Choose Your Courses Wisely
  • Continue taking B- and C-level courses toward the requirements of your chosen stream.
  • Use Degree Explorer and meet with your Program Advisor to ensure you are on track with your degree.

Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
Apply Theory to Practice
  • Build on your skills and knowledge through relevant events offered through your department, student groups, DSL and the AA&CC.

Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
Plan for Your Future Career

Year 4
Choose Your Courses Wisely
  • Complete the D-level Capstone Courses requirement of your program.
  • Complete any remaining B- or C-level courses required for your chosen stream.
  • Register your “Intent to Graduate” on ACORN by the deadline.

Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
  • Consider completing a Thesis course [NROD98Y3]. Plan ahead to ensure you meet prerequisite requirements.
  • Apply for a travel award through the DSL or Department of Psychology.
  • Again, consider competing for UTSC LibraryNSERC, and UTEA awards.

Apply Theory to Practice
  • Attend the Summer & Full-time Job Fair in January to meet with potential employers looking to hire students for relevant summer and full-time positions.

Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
  • Participate in the AA&CC’s Partners in Leadership program to learn and network with an alumni mentor about transitioning into the work field or further education.

Plan for Your Future Career
  • Attend the AA&CC’s Get Hired job search conference in April/May.
  • Attend a Jobs for Grads orientation for a job search “crash course” and for access to full-time job listings.
  • Discuss grad school plans early with staff at the AA&CC and your professors and get your Personal Statement reviewed in the AA&CC.


  • AACC - Academic Advising and Career Centre (
  • CCR - Co-Curricular Record (
  • CLNx - Career Co-Curricular Learning Network (
  • CTL - Centre for Teaching and Learning (
  • DSL - Department of Student Life (
  • ISC - International Student Centre (
  • PNDA - Psychology and Neuroscience Departmental Association (
  • SCSU - Scarborough Campus Students Union (


  • Departmental Contact
    Ainsley Lawson
  • Neuroscience Librarian
    Sarah Guay
    ARC main floor
  • Academic Advising & Career Centre
  • Department of Student Life
  • Psychology and Neuroscience Departmental Association [PNDA]

Did You Know?

UTSC is home to the Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science, offering an MA/PhD program in clinical psychology.