Graduate Course List

NB: This list is *in addition* to courses listed in Appendix A. As well, these courses are not officially approved to count towards the Graduate Diploma. If you would like to have one count towards the diploma, please contact the director.


  • AMATH 882: Mathematical Cell Biology
  • SYDE 758: Simulating Neurobiological Systems
  • SYDE 750/27: Computational Neuroscience
  • CS 679: Neural Networks (cross listed with CS 479 - view webpage for details and pre-requisites)
  • CS 787: Computational Vision
  • CS 870: Advanced Topics in Scientific Computing, "Computational Neuroscience"
  • AMATH 751: Advanced Ordinary Differential Equations


  • OPTOM 607: Neurophysiology of Vision


  • *PSYCH670 - Mind, Math, Theory, and Code

Note: AMATH = Applied Mathematics, SYDE = Systems Design Engineering, CS = Computer Science, KIN = Kinesiology, BIOL = Biology, OPTOM = Optometry, PSYCH = Psychology

Undergraduate Course List

* indicates recommended courses (if you would like the Centre to consider a course to be recommended, please inform us).


  • *SYDE 556: Simulating Neurobiological Systems
  • *AMATH/BIO 382: Computational Modelling of Cellular Systems
  • *SYDE 252: Signals and Systems
  • *SYDE 352, AM 455/655: Control Theory
  • SYDE 372: Pattern Recognition
  • SYDE 422: Machine Intelligence
  • SYDE 575: Image Processing
  • CS 479: Neural Networks.
  • AMATH 451: Dynamical Systems


  • *BIOL 377: Systems Neuroscience
  • *BIOL 476 - Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • BIOL 376: Cellular Neurophysiology
  • *KIN 201: Human Anatomy of the Central Nervous System
  • KIN 255: Psychomotor Behaviour
  • KIN 356: Information Processing in Human Perceptual Motor Performance
  • KIN 357: Motor Learning
  • KIN 359: Cognition and Movement
  • KIN 416: Neuromuscular Integration
  • BIOL 273, SCI 351: Human Physiology
  • *PSYCH 261: Physiological Psychology


  • PHIL/PSYCH 256: Cognitive Science
  • PSYCH 207: Cognitive Processes
  • *PSYCH 307: Human Neuropsychology (PSYCH 101 and 207 are prerequisites)
  • PSYCH 396: Research in Behavioural Neuroscience
  • *PSYCH420/792 - Introduction to the Methods of Computational Neuroscience
  • PHIL/PSYCH 447: Seminar in Cognitive Science

Note: AMATH = Applied Mathematics, SYDE = Systems Design Engineering, CS = Computer Science, KIN = Kinesiology, BIOL = Biology, OPTOM = Optometry, PSYCH = Psychology, PHIL = Philosophy

If you know of other courses at the University not listed here, please inform us.

CTN Masters Student Graduate Sugandha Sharma Appears on Generally Intelligent Podcast

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Sue Ann Campbell Presents at International Conference on Mathematical Neurosci 2022

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CTN Research Day Sept 27 15:00-17:30 DWE 3516

The Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience will be hosting its first Research Day. This will be a chance to start the new academic year by getting re-acquainted with each other and the diversity of research conducted by CTN core and affiliate faculty. The format will be to have a number of CTN faculty share short overviews of their lab's and projects (15:00-16:00) and then, following a short coffee break (16:00-16:30), hear from a dozen current graduate students and post-docs giving short three minute talks on an aspect of their current research (16:30-17:30).

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