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. 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.
Choose from a wide variety of rewarding careers or gain an excellent foundation for advanced study in the health sciences in a number of related areas (medicine, dentistry or pharmacy). Careers may range from forensic scientist to brew master, marine biologist to cardiac scientist, photonics scientist to laser technician, and countless others.
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.
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.
Explore major topics in the first and only BSc biology program in southern Ontario with courses in English or French. Study conservation biology, ecology and animal behaviour in our small classes with direct access to a living lab — in our own forested “backyard.” Bonus: with the upcoming Ontario health-care changes, job prospects are promising for bilingual graduates.
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 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 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.
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.
Specialize in one of these streams: Atmospheric Science, Geomatics Science or Space Science. Atmospheric Science explores meteorology from the turbulent micro-scale to the large synoptic-scale weather systems. Geomatics Science delivers the knowledge and skills to work with terrestrial, aerial and space-observing platforms. Space Science explores the near-Earth space environment, as well as other planets.
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 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.
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.
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.