300-Level Core Courses

In third-year, students in Human Biology programs start to branch out and connect their foundations to topics studies relating to student interests. 300-level core courses are offered to ensure a consistent theme throughout the multi-lateral foci of our students.

For Neuroscience Students

HMB300H1 Neurobiology of Behaviour
This intermediate course in neuroscience focuses on higher brain functions and mechanisms underlying human and animal behaviours. Topics may include advanced neurophysiological, neuroanatomical and genetic basis of various cortical functions, including learning and memory, “mirroring”, and executive function. Experimental techniques used in neuroscience research such as electrophysiological recordings, brain imaging and neurogenetics are emphasized.

HMB320H1 Neuroanatomy
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.

CJH332H1 Neurobiology of the Synapse (formerly CSB332H1)
Examination of all aspects of the synapse in both the peripheral and central nervous systems of invertebrates and vertebrates. Topics include: synapse formation, synaptic transmission, synaptic plasticity, learning and memory, and neurological disorders.

For Fundamental Genetics & Its Applications Students

HMB301H1 Biotechnology
Students gain an appreciation for how science, government and society drive the development of biotechnology products. Topics include emerging immunotherapies, “living therapeutics”, emerging challenges, CRISPR-based therapeutics, emerging diagnostics, and stem cells and regenerative medicine.

HMB321H1 Topics in Genetics
The overall theme of this course is human genetics in disease. Topics include the molecular basis of human disease, using model organisms to identify disease-related genes, and genetic counseling. Expert guest lectures from clinical and basic sciences as well as small group work in tutorials build in-depth understanding.

HMB360H1 Neurogenomics
Genetic basis of normal and abnormal function of the nervous system. Lecture topics include neural gene expression, regulation of chromatin and neuron function, genome wide association studies and disorders of brain and behaviour, optogenetic and pharmacogenetic techniques to probe neural circuit function. Tutorials emphasize critical analysis of primary research.

For Health & Disease Students

HMB302H1 Vertebrate Histology and Histopathology
Laboratory and lecture course studying the structure of the cell, various tissues and organ systems. Emphasis is on functional morphology and the adaptive response (including the inflammatory reaction) by comparing histological sections of normal tissues and organs with common diseases including neoplasia, respiratory, and liver disease.

For Global Health Students

HMB303H1 Global Health and Human Rights
A multidisciplinary emphasis on the economic, historical, social and cultural determinants of health and human rights, and how structural violence prevents progress towards human rights. Case studies reflecting global aspects of health and human rights form a framework for approaching these issues.

HMB323H1 Global Health Research
Health is a responsibility shared worldwide. Globalization of health has impacted biomedical research. Students will explore current global health research advances and build skills in the design and conduct of global health research studies.

This course contains an International Course Module (ICM) to Athens, Greece. The trip wil be held be held will take place February 18-25, 2023. 

Students that are enrolled or waitlisted for HMB323H1 are invited to apply to participate in the ICM. 

All expenses for ICM trips are covered including transportation, accommodations, and meals. A small fundraising goal of $200 will be required. 

After the committee reviews all applications, approximately 10 students will be selected and students will be notified of results in December 2022. 

More information on this opportunity can be found in the PDF iconHMB323 ICM Slide Deck 2022-2023.pdf.

To apply, please complete fill out the application form plus email your CV to hmb.undergrad@utoronto.ca. Both are required to have a complete application.

The deadline to apply to the HMB323H1 ICM is Monday, November 21, 2022 at 11:59pm.


Human Biology Lab Courses