The Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience is interdisciplinary by nature: Students take courses from a variety of disciplines. Peruse the required courses below:

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NSCI 200 Fundamentals of Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience (Sections)
Introduction to the field of neuroscience in general, and the fields of cellular and molecular neuroscience in particular, with emphasis on neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and neuropharmacology.
Prerequisite: Second-year standing in the Neuroscience specialization.
Instructors: Timothy O’Connor, Angie O’Neill

NSCI 201 Fundamentals of Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience (Sections)
Emphasis on the relationship between behaviour or cognition and nervous system function.
Prerequisite: NSCI 200
Instructors: Kiran Soma

NSCI 300 Laboratory Techniques for the Neurosciences (not offered in Winter 2022)
Laboratory techniques for investigating nervous system function, and for establishing relationships between nervous system function, behaviour, and cognition.
Prerequisite: Third-year status in the neuroscience specialization.

NSCI 301 Neuroscience, Ethics, and Society (not offered in Winter 2022)
Ethical issues associated with neuroscience, and the impact of neuroscience on society.
Prerequisite: All of NSCI 201, PSYC 277.

NSCI 302 Mechanisms of Nervous System Dysfunction and Recovery (not offered in Winter 2022)
Physiological mechanisms of neurological and psychiatric disorders and recovery from those disorders.
Prerequisite:NSCI 201

NSCI 311 Advanced Neuroanatomy (not offered in Winter 2022)
Detailed coverage of neuroanatomy, with applications
Prerequisite:NSCI 200

NSCI 400 Neuroscience Capstone (not offered in Winter 2022)
A capstone course to provide students with a rigorous neuroscience research experience under the supervision of one or more faculty members. Integrated support and feedback is provided by peers and faculty.
Prerequisite:Restricted to students in the neuroscience specialization.

BIOL 121, 112, 140, 180, 200, 201, 234, 371, 372, 451, 458, 459, 460

Winter 2022

BIOL112 Biology of the Cell Sections

The principles of cellular and molecular biology using bacterial and eukaryotic examples.

Winter 2022

BIOL121 Genetics, Evolution and Ecology Sections

Principles of storage and transmission of genetic variation; origin and evolution of species and their ecological interactions. Credit will be granted for only one of BIOL 121 or BIOL 344.

Winter 2022
No BIOL course(s) were found for W2022 term.
Winter 2022

BIOL180 Thinking Like a Life Scientist Sections

Science as a process, the skills of scientists, and the exploration of a current biological challenge with a practicing UBC scientist.

Winter 2022

BIOL200 Fundamentals of Cell Biology Sections

Structure and function of plant and animal cells; membrane models, cytoplasmic organelles, biological information from gene to protein, the endomembrane system, secretion, intracellular digestion, endocytosis, transport processes, cytoskeleton and cell motility.

Winter 2022

BIOL201 Introduction to Biochemistry Sections

Biological molecules, protein structure and enzyme action, energy transfer, central metabolic pathways and their regulation. Examples drawn from plants, animals and microorganisms. (Consult the Credit Exclusion list within the Faculty of Science section of the Calendar.) Credit will be granted for only one of BIOL 201, BIOC 202, or BIOC 203.

Winter 2022

BIOL234 Fundamentals of Genetics Sections

Genotype and phenotype, mechanisms of inheritance, genetic analysis. Please consult the Faculty of Science Credit Exclusion Lists:,215,410,414.

Winter 2022

BIOL371 Principles of Neurobiology I Sections

Introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system, excitable membranes, and synaptic signaling using representative vertebrate and invertebrate species.

Winter 2022

BIOL372 Principles of Neurobiology II Sections

Examination of the neural systems underlying sensation, action, and complex behaviours using representative vertebrate and invertebrate species.

Winter 2022

BIOL451 Comparative Neurobiology Sections

Advanced investigations of the evolution of animal nervous systems, integrating studies of diverse species to understand fundamental neurobiology.

Winter 2022

BIOL458 Developmental Neurobiology Sections

Cellular, molecular and physiological aspects of nervous system development with applications to understanding adult nervous system function and neurological disorders.

Instructor(s): HOLLAND, SETH
Winter 2022
No BIOL course(s) were found for W2022 term.
Winter 2022

BIOL460 Neurobiology of Vision Sections

Advanced investigation of animal vision; critical analysis of recent literature and research project development in visual neurobiology.


CHEM 110, 111, 120, 121, 123, 130, 233

Winter 2022
No CHEM course(s) were found for W2022 term.
Winter 2022

CHEM111 Structure, Bonding, and Equilibrium in Chemistry Sections

Fundamentals of bonding theories, structural chemistry and equilibrium with applications relevant to modern society.

Winter 2022
No CHEM course(s) were found for W2022 term.
Winter 2022

CHEM121 Structure and Bonding in Chemistry Sections

Fundamentals of bonding theories and structural chemistry, with applications relevant to modern society.

Winter 2022

CHEM123 Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Organic Chemistry Sections

Fundamentals of chemical reactivity: thermodynamics; kinetics; organic chemistry, including stereochemistry; applications relevant to modern society.

Winter 2022
No CHEM course(s) were found for W2022 term.
Winter 2022

CHEM233 Organic Chemistry for the Biological Sciences Sections

Reactions and properties of carbonyl compounds, carbohydrates, amino acids, nucleic acids. Credit will be granted for only one of CHEM 233 or CHEM 203 or CHEM 223.

MATH 100, 120, 180

Winter 2022

MATH100 Differential Calculus with Applications Sections

Derivatives of elementary functions. Applications and modelling: graphing, optimization. Consult the Faculty of Science Credit Exclusion List:,215,410,414.

Winter 2022

MATH120 Honours Differential Calculus Sections

Limits, derivatives, Mean Value Theorem and applications, elementary functions, optimization, Taylor series, approximation. Please consult the Faculty of Science Credit Exclusion List:,215,410,414.

Winter 2022

MATH180 Differential Calculus with Applications Sections

Topics as for Math 100; intended for students with no previous knowledge of Calculus. Please consult the Faculty of Science Credit Exclusion List:,215,410,414. Not for credit for students with AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, or a passing score on the UBC-SFU-UVIC-UNBC Calculus Challenge Examination.

PHYS 106, 117, 131

Winter 2022

PHYS106 Enriched Physics 1 (lecture) Sections

Classical mechanics including conservation laws, angular momentum of rigid bodies and simple harmonic motion, wave phenomena, with an introduction to special relativity, quantum mechanics, nuclear physics, statistical mechanics and solid state physics.

Winter 2022

PHYS117 Dynamics and Waves Sections

Kinematics including curvilinear motion. Forces and Newton's laws of motion. Work-energy theorem, conservation of energy. Conservation of momentum, collisions. Torque, rotational dynamics, angular momentum. Oscillations and waves.

Winter 2022

PHYS131 Energy and Waves (Lecture) Sections

Fluids, harmonic oscillator, travelling waves, standing waves, sound, and interference of light waves, including diffraction.

DSCI 100

Winter 2022

DSCI100 Introduction to Data Science Sections

Use of data science tools to summarize, visualize, and analyze data. Sensible workflows and clear interpretations are emphasized.

PSYC 277, 278, 370, 371, 361, 363, 365, 367, 368, 409, 460, 461, 462, 472

Winter 2022

PSYC277 Behavioural and Neuroscientific Research Methods Sections

Research methods used in the neurosciences. Credit will be granted for only one of PSYC 217 or PSYC 277.

Winter 2022

PSYC278 Analysis of Behavioural and Neuroscientific Data Sections

Statistical methods for use in the neurosciences. Credit will be granted for only one of PSYC 218 or PSYC 278.

Winter 2022

PSYC370 Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience I Sections

Advanced methods and topics in behavioural and cognitive neuroscience.

Winter 2022

PSYC371 Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience II Sections

Neurodevelopment and neuroplasticity, the physiological bases of several motivated behaviours (sleep, sexual behaviour, hunger and eating, drugs and addiction), cognition, the stress response, and brain dysfunction and recovery.

Winter 2022

PSYC361 Neuroscience of Motivation Sections

Experimental analysis of hunger, thirst, exploratory and curiosity behaviour, maternal and reproductive behaviour, fixed action patterns, and complex processes involved in social motivation with emphasis on the biological basis of motivation.

Winter 2022

PSYC363 Neuroscience of Simple Learning Sections

Introduction to basic theories of non-associative learning, classical and operant conditioning. Experimental findings from behavioural and biological analyses with animals and humans.

Winter 2022

PSYC365 Cognitive Neuroscience Sections

Current research into human brain systems underlying cognitive processes such as perception, attention, memory, and decision-making.

Winter 2022

PSYC367 Sensory Systems Sections

Anatomy and physiology of the sensory pathways and their relation to perception.

Winter 2022

PSYC368 Perceptual Processing Sections

Perceptual phenomena and their underlying brain mechanisms.

Winter 2022

PSYC409 Cognitive Neuropsychology Sections

The structure of the mind as revealed by brain injury, neurological illness, and surgical intervention. Topics include attention, memory, language, sense of self, topographic awareness, moral reasoning, emotion, theory of mind, and social awareness.

Winter 2022

PSYC460 Behavioural Neuroendocrinology Sections

Detailed examination of the interaction between hormones and neural control of reproductive and non-reproductive behaviours; emphasis on gonadal and adrenal hormone effects on learning and memory in the brain.

Winter 2022

PSYC461 Neuroplasticity and Behaviour Sections

Experimental findings and theory documenting the plasticity of the brain and its relationship to behaviour: emphasis on gene regulation, neurogenesis and cell morphology changes in relation to learning and experience.

Winter 2022

PSYC462 Drugs and Behavioural Neuroscience Sections

Introduction to neurochemical systems and functional neuroanatomy; animal models of human cognitive processes and mental disorders; neurochemical foundations and treatments for mental disorders.

Winter 2022

PSYC472 Advanced Neuroscience of Motivation Sections

Neurobiological pathways mediating five core aspects of motivated behaviour: (1) affective decision making; (2) motivated drive; (3) goal-directed vs. habit-based behaviour; (4) learning from negative reinforcers; and (5) disorders of motivation.

Winter 2022

CAPS421 Advanced Cellular and Molecular Physiology Sections

Recent advancements in cellular and molecular physiology that have revolutionized our understanding of cell function in health and disease.

Winter 2022

CAPS426 Physiological Basis of Central Nervous System Functions Sections

An integrated study of the structural and functional organization of the central nervous system with special emphasis on neurophysiological mechanisms.