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.
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
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.
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.