Learn from Leading Scientists

The researchers and scholars who make York a great centre for science innovation are the same people you will see at the front of the classroom. Your teachers will be experts in their fields, scientists as actively engaged in research and national and international collaboration as they are committed to their students.

Engaging Education

Personalized attention and support plus innovative teaching methods allow you to achieve your highest potential. Whether you are learning by problem solving, seeking advice from your instructors, interacting with knowledgeable peer mentors, conducting lab experiments under direct supervision, or debating in small group seminars, interactions with your professors, TAs and other students will enhance your experience. Most important, you will become a part of a community of scientists who share your passion.

World-Class Research

Our researchers work at the forefront of discovery, studying anything from subatomic particles to Mars and beyond, from the molecular level to complex ecosystems, from the theoretical to the practical. Our strength in research places us at the cutting edge of innovation, expanding human knowledge and providing solutions for local and global issues.

Actuarial Science

Actuaries model risk in designing insurance policies, pension plans and similar programs. Our personalized, hands-on Actuarial Science program will prepare you to write the actuarial certification exams to become an in-demand professional in the buzzing field of financial risk management — all while pursuing research opportunities with your expert professors. In addition to courses focusing on mathematics, statistics, economics and finance, our program emphasizes the communications skills vital to a successful career in the industry.

Applied Mathematics

Express ideas using the language of abstraction and reasoning: Mathematics uses basic concepts as the foundation for practical applications. This program appeals to students fond of pure math — join a community dedicated to the precise analysis and interpretation of our world. Learn why the Wall Street Journal has consistently ranked mathematician as one of the best jobs.

Biochemistry

Biochemistry is the study of the chemistry of living organisms, of physiology and the structures, properties and changes of biomatter. Applications include medical products and diagnostics, new food and its safety, crop improvement, cosmetics and forensic science.

Biology

Study life on scales ranging from the cellular to the global. Our program combines biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, zoology, animal physiology, molecular genetics, plant science, evolution and ecology with first-rate laboratory experiences and research opportunities.

Biomedical Science

Biomedical Science seeks to understand how the body functions at the cellular and molecular levels. The prevention and treatment of illness in people and in animals is based on this understanding. The field includes many areas of life science, including biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, physiology and biotechnology.

Biophysics

Biophysics is an exciting discipline at the intersection of physics and biology in which the methods and techniques of physics are applied to study organisms and biological processes. Learn how a laser can aid in drug delivery and how DNA can improve light-emitting diodes. Make your studies come alive in an internship or through our undergraduate research program. 

Biotechnology

Biotechnology is the application of science and engineering in the innovative use of living organisms to create new products that improve the quality of  our food, health and environment. Applications of this science include the diagnosis and treatment of disease, the genetic modification of agricultural crops and the increase of agricultural productivity.

Chemistry

Each year, the world of chemistry continues to expand and move forward. Our program provides the foundation to pursue many advanced fields, such as protein-structure analysis, environmental and atmospheric chemistry or nanomaterials science. The stream in Pharmaceutical & Biological Chemistry explores the interaction between biological systems and chemicals such as pharmaceuticals.

Computational Mathematics

Computational Mathematics combines core studies in mathematics and computer science. Choose one of two areas of concentration: Applied & Industrial Mathematics or Financial Mathematics. Applied & Industrial Mathematics involves modern and traditional applications of math to science, engineering and medical research. Financial Mathematics is geared to the needs of the financial and banking sectors.

Environmental Biology

Environmental Biology allows you to explore critical issues in conservation biology and biodiversity while making connections with areas such as human health, sustainability, environmental management and public policy. This program focuses on the biology of environmental issues, integrating ecological theory and practice to predict, quantify and address the impact of stressors such as habitat loss, pollutants, climate change, resource harvesting and invasive species on living systems. Career paths include: ecologist, invasive-species biologist, conservation biologist.

Environmental Science

Environmental Science focuses on the major interacting systems of the atmosphere, biosphere, water and landforms, as well as on the effect of human activity on these systems. The Life Sciences stream involves the incorporation of physical geography with ecology and population biology. The Physical Sciences stream integrates atmospheric science with surface-water hydrology and the study of landforms. You will gain hands-on experience in environmental research and develop strong technical skills.

Geography

Geography is a unique discipline that rests on all three pillars of intellectual life: the physical sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. Geography is a cutting-edge field that examines some of the world’s most critical issues, including resource depletion, human migration, globalization, geopolitics, social inequality and environmental vulnerability.

Honours Integrated Science

The first-year Integrated Science program offers a unique experience by focusing on the natural connections between biology, chemistry, physics and math. This intimate, interactive and collaborative program combines team and blended teaching to connect different disciplines to achieve a deeper understanding. You’ll meet the same learning objectives as in traditional courses, but with a more integrated approach.

Mathematical Biology

Experience the intersection of math and the life sciences, as well as the role it plays in our everyday concerns, by representing biological processes using a variety of mathematical tools and techniques.

Mathematics

Express ideas using the language of abstraction and reasoning: Mathematics uses basic concepts as the foundation for practical applications. This program appeals to students fond of pure math — join a community dedicated to the precise analysis and interpretation of our world. Learn why the Wall Street Journal has consistently ranked mathematician as one of the best jobs.

Mathematics for Education

Mathematics for Education is designed for students considering a career in teaching. Students can be enrolled in York’s Concurrent Education program or choose to take a Consecutive Education program. This program offers a broad background in mathematics and encourages you to develop a wide perspective on the teaching and learning of the subject.

Physics & Astronomy

This program allows you to specialize in Physics, Applied Physics or Astronomy & Astrophysics and offers a sound curriculum in fundamental and computer-based physics, with a strong experimental component. Make your studies come alive with an internship or in our undergraduate research program. You’ll examine areas such as quantum physics, relativity, high-energy particle physics, photonics, solid-state physics and planetary, stellar and extra-galactic astronomy.

Science & Technology Studies

This unique interdisciplinary program expands your understanding of science and technology by exploring their social, cultural, philosophical and material dimensions. The program draws on the sciences, humanities and social sciences to examine specific scientific ideas, as well as to address their broader interactions, such as between ideas of science and gender, debates between science and religion and the interconnection of technology and cultural values.

Statistics

You’ll learn the foundations of mathematical statistics with application to areas such as mining data for information and measuring uncertainty in experiments and surveys. Our students are recruited by major consulting firms and government agencies.

Undecided Major

Take time to think about your future and begin your studies. Explore your interests and develop your strengths by taking courses in a variety of subjects before declaring your major.

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