Dr. Rita Anderson (Psychology)
Dr. Joseph Brown (OSC/Biology) - Co-Chair
Dr. Pingquo He (Fisheries and Marine Institute)
Dr. Roy Knoechel (Biology)
Dr. Edward Miller (Biology)
Dr. Anne Storey (Psychology) - Co-Chair
Dr. Ian Warkentin (SWGC)

1. The Biopsychology Program focuses on interdisciplinary behavioural research. Research orientations integrate mechanistic, developmental, evolutionary and ecological perspectives through molecular, individual and population levels of analysis. The Biopsychology Group consists of faculty from the Departments of Biology, Biochemistry, Psychology and the Ocean Sciences Centre, a graduate student and the Heads of Biology and Psychology in ex- officiocapacities. The Departments of Biology and Psychology jointly offer the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Biopsychology.

2. The Biopsychology Committee is responsible for the Program. Committee members are appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies, on the recommendation of the Chair of the Committee and of the Heads of Biology and Psychology. The Committee Chair is elected by the committee members and appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies. The Committee makes recommendations to the Dean of Graduate Studies concerning admissions and academic requirements. In consultation with supervisors, recommendations are made concerning course programmes, financial support, thesis committees, comprehensive and thesis topics and examiners, students' annual progress. Upon program completion, the Committee certifies that all requirements for the appropriate degree have been met. The department of the supervisor ensures that adequate facilities are provided for each candidate and includes Biopsychology students in consideration for teaching assistantships.


1. A minimum of six credit hours will be required, though additional credit hours may be assigned to enhance educational experiences and to address weaknesses in background. Students will be required to take Advanced Statistics in Psychology (6000) unless they have already passed an equivalent graduate or Honours course. Other courses may be chosen from Behavioural Ontogeny (6350), Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology (6351), Field Course in Animal Behaviour (6355) and Special Topics (6240-6249), in consultation with the Committee.

2. Upon completion but before submission of the thesis, the student is required to give a formal thesis presentation.

3. The student will be required to comply with all other regulations governing the graduate degree of Master of Science.


Psychology 6000. Advanced Statistics in Psychology
Biopsychology 6240-49. Special Topics
Biopsychology 7000. Field and Lab Methods in Animal Behaviour and Behavioural Ecology

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