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Graduate Certificate

There is no application process for this program.

The certificate is awarded at the time of graduation upon recommendation of the neuroscience certificate steering committee to the dean of graduate studies.

Program Requirements

Students complete a minimum of 12 units chosen from at least two different departments or a non-departmentalized Faculty . These courses will be graded and are credit courses. Courses cannot be selected from a diploma program. The requirements, which are in specific disciplines, generally include completing two courses in a specific discipline, but this is a recommendation only, and is not required.

Students complete a minimum of four courses chosen from the following.

BISC 846 - Insecticide Chemistry and Toxicology (3)

The chemistry of insecticides, with emphasis on their toxicology, metabolism and molecular mechanism of action.

BISC 881 - Special Topics in Cell and Molecular Biology (3)

A student participation seminar course focusing on recent literature on selected topics in cellular, developmental, and molecular biology. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

HSCI 774 - Seminar in Neuropharmacology (3)

Mechanisms of drug action in the brain, including several classes of drugs and neurotransmitter systems that are involved in mental health disorders, drug addiction and neurodegeneration. Prerequisite: HSCI 323, MBB 331, or permission of the instructor.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Frank Lee
Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 10401, Burnaby
BPK 825 - Behavioural Neuroscience (3)

Selected aspects of research and theory in the behavioural neurosciences. The focus will be on delineating the problems of developing viable theories of motor learning and action, and on seeking solutions to those problems. The course also includes sections on information processing and co-ordination of complex movement.

BPK 835 - Neuromuscular Prostheses (3)

This course is designed for graduate Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology and Biomedical Engineering students interested in advanced treatment and rehabilitation methods for neurological and neuromuscular disorders that cause paralysis, sensory deficits, disordered voluntary control and/or chronic pain.

BPK 861 - Neuroscience (3)

Topics include the physiology of walking, cerebral and cerebella cortical physiology, the generation of repetitive neural discharges, as well as hormonal control of neuron behaviour. The emphasis will be a broad introduction to neuroscience, as well as some neuroscience research methods and applications.

BPK 865 - Neural Control of Movement (3)

The course covers the peripheral nervous system including reflexes and spinal cord organization in detail. This prepares the student with a thorough understanding of general functioning of the nervous system. In addition, the course covers the neurophysiology of the cerebellum, motor cortex, basal ganglia, vestibular system and other related structures involved in central control of movement. Laboratory demonstrations are part of the course.

MBB 724 - Membrane Transport Mechanisms (3)

Structure and function of molecules that mediate transport across membranes including channels, carriers, and pumps. Primary literature from the fields of biochemistry and physiology will be explored through lectures and independent study. Prerequisite: MBB 321, 322 and either MBB 323 or CHEM 360 or permission of the instructor.

The neuroscience steering committee is planning a seminar series that neuroscience certificate students are expected to attend.