Major in Behavioural Neuroscience

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Program Requirements
Course Descriptions
Suggested Course Sequence


Admission to the Behavioural Neuroscience major is competitive and selective. Students who wish to enter these programs must submit a completed online application form by June 1 for Fall semester registration.

To be eligible for admission, students must have completed the 24 credit hours listed below with an average of at least 65% in Psychology 1000/1001 and an overall average of at least 60% in Psychology, Critical Reading and Writing, and Mathematics:

  1. Psychology 1000, 1001
  2. Six credit hours in Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) courses, including at least 3 credit hours in English courses.
  3. Mathematics 1000, or two of 1090, 1050, 1051 (or equivalents).
  4. Six credit hours of electives (9 if only Mathematics 1000 is completed).

Students who fulfil the eligibility requirements compete for a limited number of available spaces. Selection is based on academic performance, normally cumulative average and performance in recent courses.

Students typically apply after their first year, when they have completed the 24 credit hours list above. The deadline for applying is June 1 for Fall registration.

Suggested Course Sequence for Behavioural Neuroscience Students

It is a student’s responsibility to ensure that they are registered for the appropriate courses and are familiar with all program regulations. The University Calendar is the authority on university regulations.

Year 1

Students interested in pursuing a major in Behavioural Neuroscience should follow the Academic Advising Centre suggested first year courses.

Year 2


Fall Semester  

Winter Semester

Psychology 2910Psychology 2911
Psychology 2930 or 2520Psychology 2520 or 2930
Chemistry 1050 or Physics 1020 (1050)Chemistry 1051 or Physics 1021 (1051)
Science course which satisfies course which satisfies

Years 3 and 4

Behavioural Neuroscience students must take 3800: Cellular Neuroscience and 3820: Research Techniques in Behavioural Neuroscience, and then take one of the following 7 courses:

3050 Developmental Psychology
3100 Social Psychology
3251 Learning
3350 Perception
3450 Human Cognition
3620 Personality Theory and Research
3650 Abnormal Psychology
3750 Animal Behaviour

Students must take two 4000-level courses, one of which must be a research experience course, and one of which must be a selected topics course.

Additional course info can be found in the Calendar



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