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Honours Neuroscience

(B. Sc)

This program is designed for students who are considering careers in neuroscience research or related fields. The program is jointly administered by the Departments of Biology and Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (PNB). Students in this program acquire foundational skill sets in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics. The program offers unique hands-on laboratory experiences and the option of a fourth-year research thesis. 


Future Pathways

Graduate Studies



Health Care


Experimental Psychology

Professional School (Medical, Law, Dental, etc.)


Notable Professors

Daniel Goldreich - Tactile psychophysics, the neural basis of tactile perception, and perception as Bayesian inference

Nikol Piskuric - Synapses, neurophysiology, and sensory systems

Deda Gillespie - Circuits and systems neuroscience, patch physiology, plasticity, synaptic inhibition, and auditory processing/development

Examples of

Upper Year Courses

PNB 2XB3 - Neuroanatomy & Neurophysiology

BIOCHEM 2EE3 - Metabolism and Physiological Chemistry

PHYSICS 2B03- Electricity and Magnetism I

BIOLOGY 3P03 - Cell Physiology

NEUROSCI 3SN3 - Neural Circuits

PSYCH 4KK3 - Bayesian Inference

PSYCH 4BN3 - Cognitive Neuroscience II


Enrolment in this program is limited. Selection is based on academic achievement but requires, as a minimum, completion of any Level I program with a Grade Point Average of at least 5.0 and completion of the following courses:


6 units from the following:

BIOLOGY 1A03 - Cellular and Molecular Biology

BIOLOGY 1M03 - Biodiversity, Evolution and Humanity

6 units from the following:

CHEM 1A03 - Introductory Chemistry I

CHEM 1AA3 - Introductory Chemistry II


3 units from the following:

MATH 1A03 - Calculus for Science I

MATH 1LS3 - Calculus for Life Sciences I


3 units from the following:

PHYSICS 1A03 - Introductory Physics

PHYSICS 1C03 - Physics for the Chemical and Physical Sciences

3 units from the following:

PSYCH 1FF3 - Survey of Biological Basis of Psychology

PSYCH 1XX3 - Foundations of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour

3 units from the following:

MATH 1AA3 - Calculus for Science II

MATH 1B03 - Linear Algebra I

MATH 1LT3 - Calculus for the Life Sciences II

MATH 1MP3 - Introduction to Mathematical Scientific Computation

COMPSCI 1MD3 - Introduction to Programming

6 units Electives

For more information, please visit the Academic Calendar below:

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