Course List

HBB Pathway 1

Physiological Psychology and Ethics


Year 1

BIO 150Y

Organisms in their Environment

CHM 138H, 139H

Organic and General Chemistry

MAT 135Y/137Y/157Y


PSY 101H, 102H/100Y

Intro. Psychology

Other H, Y

Other courses totalling 1.0 FCE


Year 2

HMB 200H

HBB Core Course

BCH 210H or CHM 247H

Intro. Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry 2

PSY 290H

Physiological Psychology 1

BIO 250Y

Cell & Molecular Biology

PSY 201H/202H

Statistics for PSY I and II

PHL 281Y


Other H

Other half-course (Recommended: Physiological Psychology II*)


Year 3

HMB 300H

Human Behavioural Biology II

PHL 381H

Ethics & Medical Research

PHL 383H

Ethics & Mental Health

PSL 302Y

Human Physiology

PSY 390H or HMB 265H

Behavioural Genetics or General and Human Genetics

PSY 391H

Physiological Psychology II

PSY 399H

Psychobiology lab

Other H, Y

Other course(s) totalling 1 FCE


Year 4

HBB 420H

HBB Seminar Course


Brain Activity & Behaviour Seminar

PHL 407H

Seminar in Ethics

PHL 475H

Advanced topics in Moral Philosophy

PSY 396H

Neurochemical Basis of Behavior

Other H/Y

Other courses** totalling 2.5 FCE


*We recommend taking PSY 391H during second year (see note under "Psychology Courses" in the Arts & Science Calendar)


**PSL 440Y Neuroscience 1: Systems and Behaviour would also be a suitable choice for this program (check prerequisites for this course first).


Organisms in Their Environment
       52L, 36P

Evolutionary, ecological, and behavioural responses of organisms to their environment at the level of individuals, populations, communities, and ecosystems. A Prerequisite for advanced work in biological sciences. Attendance at weekly lecture tutorials is voluntary, yet highly recommended.
Prerequisite: Biology 12 or equivalent. Students without high school Biology must consult the BIO150 Office (

Introductory Organic        39L, 18P, 12T Chemistry I

An introduction to principles of structure and their relation to reactivity of organic molecules: molecular structure, stereochemistry, functional groups, and reactions. Recommended for students in life and health science programs that involve a small amount of chemistry
CHM138H1 and CHM139H1 may be taken in either order, but not both in the same session.

Exclusion: CHM151Y1, CHM242H5, CHMB41H3, CHMB42H3
Prerequisite: Chemistry SCH4U, Mathematics MCB4U
MAT135Y1/MAT137Y1/MAT157Y1 recommended, but may be required pre-requisite in 2nd year Chemistry courses; PHY138Y1/PHY140Y1 recommended

Chemistry: Physical        39L, 18P, 12T Principles

Structure of matter, gases, liquids and solids; phase equilibria and phase diagrams; colligative properties; chemical equilibria; electrolyte solutions and electrochemistry; reaction kinetics; introduction to thermodynamics. Recommended for students in life and health science programs that involve a small amount of chemistry
CHM138H1 and CHM139H1 may be taken in either order, but not both in the same session.

Exclusion: CHM151Y1, CHMA10H3, CHMA11H3, CHM140Y5
Prerequisite: Chemistry SCH4U, Mathematics MCB4U
MAT135Y1/MAT137Y1/MAT157Y1 recommended, but may be required pre-requisite in 2nd year Chemistry courses; PHY138Y1/PHY140Y1 recommended

Calculus!        78L, 26T

A conceptual approach for students with a serious interest in mathematics. Geometric and physical intuition are emphasized but some attention is also given to the theoretical foundations of calculus. Material covers first a review of trigonometric functions followed by discussion of trigonometric identities. The basic concepts of calculus: limits and continuity, the mean value and inverse function theorems, the integral, the fundamental theorem, elementary transcendental functions, Taylor’s theorem, sequence and series, uniform convergence and power series.

Physics for the Life Sciences I 52L, 39P, 26T

This course is recommended strongly for students following a life science program. This course introduces topics in physics relevant for life sciences. Mechanics; torque and statics; work, power and energy; viscous forces; vibrations and waves; sound; optics; electric and magnetic forces and fields; dielectric and conductors; nuclear medicine; dose from radiation; nuclear physics. (See “NOTE” after PHY100H1 giving description of laboratory.)
Reference: Knight, Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 1st edition (Pearson) + Notes
Prerequisite: MCB4U Functions & Calculus and SPH4U Physics

Introductory Psychology        39L

A brief introductory survey of psychology as both a biological and social science. Topics will include learning, perception, motivation, cognition, developmental, and social psychology.

Exclusion: PSY100Y1
Prerequisite: There is no Prerequisite for
PSY100H1. however an OAC/12U Calculus or equivalent is required to enrol in any
Psychology PROGRAM subsequent to taking



Introduction to Neuroscience        26L

A survey of brain systems, including evolution and development of the nervous system, brain stem system for defensive and approach responses, limbic and cortical systems for learning, and higher brain functions. Techniques for study of brain systems including pharmacology, gene targeting and human brain imaging are introduced.

Exclusion: PSY290H1/NRS201H1

Cell and Molecular Biology        52L, 36P

An introduction to the structure and function of cells at the molecular level: key cellular macromolecules; transfer of genetic information; cell structure and function; cellular movement and division; modern investigative techniques. Consult web page for the most current information:

Exclusion: BIO255Y1
Prerequisite: BIO150Y1, (CHM138H1, CHM139H1)/CHM151Y1
Recommended preparation: BCH210H1 (taken concurrently or previously)

General and Human Genetics        26L, 13T

An introduction to classical and modern methods of genetic analysis. Topics include Mendelian genetics, the genetics of human population and disease, genomics, and applications of genetics to human society.

Exclusion: BIO260H1, BIO207H5

Introductory Biochemistry        39L, 26T

An introductory course in biochemistry covering proteins, enzymes, and metabolism. This course is intended for students who are NOT taking BCH242Y1 as part of their program.
BCH242Y1/310H1/320Y1/321Y1/CHM265H5(UTM)/ 361H5(UTM)/362H5(UTM)
Prerequisite: (
CHM138H1, CHM139H1)/CHM151Y1
NOTE: CHM1** WITH COURSE EXCLUSION TO CHM138H1 AND CHM139H1 meet the Prerequisite requirement for BCH210H1. SCI1** DOES NOT COUNT AS A Prerequisite.


Statistics I        39L, 26T

Fundamentals of descriptive and inferential statistics, including population and sampling distributions, simple association, probability, estimation, and hypothesis testing.

Exclusion: ECO220Y1/ECO227Y1/GGR270H1/SOC202H1/300Y1/STA220H1/STA248H1/STA250H1
Prerequisite: PSY 100Y1/H1/


Statistics II        39L, 26T

Fundamentals of statistical analysis of experimental and observational data including linear models, the analysis of variance, a priori contrasts, post-hoc tests, power analysis and effect size calculations. Students are introduced to Minitab, a statistical computer program, with which they complete much of their course work.

Exclusion: ECO220Y1/ECO227Y1/GGR270Y1/SOC300Y1/ STA221H1/STA250H1/JBS229H1
PSY201H1 or equivalent

Physiological Psychology I        39L

Provides students with a solid background into the biological basis of behaviour. Animal and human research topics including: functional neuroanatomy, neural signalling, sensory and motor control, motivational systems, and hormones, and emotions..

Exclusion: NRS201H1
PSY100H1/Y1/UNI250Y1 or enrolled in the Cognitive Science program, or NRS Specialist

Introduction to Cognitive Psychology        39L

An introduction to research and theory on the neural and cognitive architecture of attention, memory, language, thinking and reasoning.
Prerequisite: PSY 100Y1/H1/
UNI250Y1 or registered in the Cognitive Science program or NRS Specialist


Introduction to Abnormal Psychology        39L

A critical survey of concepts, theories, and the state of research in the area of emotionally disturbed persons and therapeutic methods.

Introduction to Cognitive Psychology        39L

An introduction to research and theory on the neural and cognitive architecture of attention, memory, language, thinking and reasoning.
Prerequisite: PSY 100Y1/H1/UNI250Y1 or registered in the Cognitive Science program or NRS Specialist



Human Physiology I        39L, 5T

Principles of neurophysiology and endocrinology for students enroled in the Neuroscience program.

Exclusion: PSL201Y1, PSY391H1
BIO150Y1; CHM138H1; PHY100-series

Basic Human Physiology        52L

A survey course intended for students who are not proceeding further in Physiology.

Exclusion: Any PSL course taken previously or concurrently
Prerequisite: 100-level course in BIO or equivalent

Laboratory in Neuroscience (formerly NRS302H1)
       26L, 39P

A laboratory course based on current research techniques for students in the Specialist program in Neuroscience and Human Behavioural Biology. Lab topics include brain anatomy and imaging, immunocytochemistry, startle reflex analysis, human neuropsychology, and animal behaviour.

Exclusion: PSY399H1, NRS302H1, HMB314H1
Co-requisite: HMB300H1

Neuroanatomy        26L, 26P (formerly NRS202H1)

This is a rigorous, introductory course that presents the functional and comparative anatomy of the vertebrate brain. It is designed for students who intend to continue with studies in the Neurosciences and related areas.

Exclusion: NRS202H1
Prerequisite: HMB206H1

Mammalian Molecular Biology        20L, 6S

Molecular biology is essential for understanding mammalian function. The knowledge from BIO250Y1 of DNA, RNA, and protein is extended to current, primary literature on mammalian molecular biology. Application of molecular biology to disease and to complex behaviors is followed by small group sessions on topics with a bioethics component.

Exclusion: BIO349H1/CSB349H1/MGY311Y1
Pre- or co-requisite: PSL300H1/PSL301H1/PSL302Y1/ JBO302Y1/BCH210H1


Cognition and Psychopathology        26S, 13T

Work in psychological disorders has increasingly used the theories and methodologies of cognitive psychology to guide research. This course will examine accounts of clinical disorders informed by cognitive experimental psychology, with emphasis on recent work in affective disorders.
PSY201H1, PSY240H1/PSY270H1


Theories of Psychopathology and Psychotherapy       39L

Examines various theories of how personality functioning may become impaired and corresponding psychotherapeutic interventions. Emphasis on empirical assessment of personality dysfunction and therapy effectiveness.
PSY201H1, PSY230H1/PSY240H1

Psychopathologies of Childhood        39L

This course focuses on cognitive and neuropsychological aspects of neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders in children from clinical and theoretical perspectives.

Prerequisite: PSY201H1, PSY210H1/PSY240H1, one further PSY200/300-series full course or equivalent

Behavioural Genetics        39L

An examination of how genes contribute to the production of behaviour, either as structural elements or direct participants in behavioural regulation. Covers molecular genetics, natural selection and genetic methods followed by specific examples of congenic disorders that affect behaviour and studies of “normal” behaviours in human and animal models.
PSY201H1, PSY290H1/NRS201H1

Physiology and Psychology of Emotion        39L

The role of brain and body in expression and experience of emotion in humans, considered theoretically and through the experimental, physiological and clinical literatures.
PSY201H1, PSY270H1/PSY290H1/NRS201H1

Neurochemical Basis of Behaviour        39L

The functional relevance of neurotransmitters, with particular emphasis on their role in mediating behaviour.
PSY201H1, PSY290H1/NRS201H1

Developmental Laboratory        39L

Provides an overview of developmental psychology methods. The class conducts an original research project, including design, data collection and analysis, and a written report.
PSY202H1, PSY210H1; PSY Specialist or departmental approval

Research Specialization: Practicum        39L

Research specialists learn about the research opportunities within our department, and develop their skills in the areas of critical thinking, writing and oral presentation. Students also conduct a pre-thesis research project under the supervision of a faculty member. Restricted to Research Specialists.

Research Specialization: Theoretical Foundations       26S

This seminar addresses the central theoretical issues that structure contemporary research in each of the major areas of psychology. The aim is to provide an informal overview of the field as a whole.
Prerequisite: Enrolment in the PSY Research Specialist program, PSY309H1



Seminar in Human Behavioural Biology

Interdisciplinary seminar course that integrates the study of biological sciences with a psychological, sociological, anthropological, and philosophical perspective.

Neuropsychopharmacology        78L, 26T

Major neuro-psychiatric disease syndromes: clinical pathology and neuronal abnormalities; CNS drugs: theories and mechanisms of action.
Prerequisite: Enrollment is limited to students with a minimum CGPA of 3.0.

A Biobehavioural Approach to Psychological Theories and Applications         26L

In presenting and arguing for this approach the topics covered are sex differences in cognition, and the psychophysiological topics of biofeedback and lie detection. Students are expected to critically evaluate the approach, and argue for their own.
Prerequisite: PSY201H1 and two additional courses at the 200-level

Psychology Seminar        26S

Examination in depth of specific topics in psychology. These seminars vary from year to year in terms of the number given, the topics, and the restrictions on enrollment. Consult the departmental Calendar for details.

Abnormal Psychology Seminar        26S

Examination in depth of a limited topic within abnormal psychology. Content in any given year depends on instructor.
Prerequisite: PSY202H1, PSY230H1/PSY240H1, PSY Specialist or permission of department

Memory Seminar        26S

Examination in depth of limited topics within the area of memory. Content in any given year depends on instructor.
Prerequisite: PSY270H1/UNI250Y1, PSY Specialist or permission of department

Brain Activity & Behaviour Seminar        39S

The relationship between behaviour and the activity of neurons; examples from sensory, motor, motivational, and higher cortical systems. Electrical stimulation and recording techniques.
Prerequisite: PSY202H1, PSY290H1/NRS201H1







Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: