Do you know anyone who graduated in four years with a neuroscience major? I want to know which courses they took over their four years because I seriously don’t know what to take, and I need to plan ahead to make sure I have the correct pre-requisites.
i don’t PERSONALLY know anyone who fits this exact description, but i’m sure they’re out there.
judging from your question, i’m assuming that you’re an incoming first year who’s interested in neuroscience as a potential major? hopefully that’s what you mean!
the neuroscience major is a 2L (limited) program. meaning that you need to apply for the program after first year, and that there is a limit to how many students they admit into the program.
so, if you want to do a neuroscience major, you will need to complete BIO130 with at least 55% and CHM135 and CHM136 in order to be eligible to apply. meaning that you should definitely take those courses during your first year so that you can apply for the major after. check out this link for all the requirements of the program, which’ll give you some idea what courses you’ll be taking in later years.
as for seriously not knowing what to take in your first year, that’s ok! at u of t, most students take 5.0FCE (full course equivalents) worth of courses per year. this allows students to graduate in four years (5 credits X 4 years = 20 credits needed to graduate). at u of t, first year is general. meaning that you aren’t tied down to a program of study (or POSt, in u of t lingo) until after first year. so, you can kinda take whatever you want. of course, as i mentioned above, you should keep your desired programs in mind and take the first year prereqs/ courses involved.
another thing to keep in mind is that you need to complete either a specialist, two majors, or a major and two minors in order to graduate. so, if you want to do the neuroscience major, you will need to pair it with another major or two minors. i suggest that you look through the programs that are offered in the faculty of arts and science and pick some that might interest you. then, you can pick your first year courses based on the prereqs for the other programs you’re interested in.
oof, that’s a lotta info, especially for someone who isn’t even technically in first year yet.
i highly suggest making an appointment with an academic adviser at your registrar’s office. some registrar’s offices even have their own first year adviser!
i hope that this all helps, i know it can be super overwhelming when some anonymous internet entity just throws info at you.
PS- don’t forget that you can check your course enrollment start time on july 20 and you can start enrolling in courses on the 26th.