Major in Behavioural Neuroscience


Program Requirements
Course Descriptions
Suggested Course Sequence


There will be one intake of Psychology Majors each year. Admission to the Major programs 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.

As per clause 11.11.1. in the Calendar, students are considered eligible for admission if they have completed the 24 credit hours as listed below. A minimum average of 65% in PSYC 1000/1001, and a minimum average of 60% overall in PSYC/MATH/CRW is required. If a required course was taken in the the Winter 2020 or Spring 2020 semesters, and a student elected to receive a PAS under the modifications made to grading due to COVID-19, the “PAS” grade will not factor into the minimum average calculation (i.e., it gives the student no disadvantage).

a. Psychology 1000, 1001;
b. Six credit hours in Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) courses, including at least 3 credit hours in English courses;
c. Mathematics 1000, or two of 1090, 1050, 1051 (or equivalent);
d. Six credit hours of electives (9 CH if only Mathematics 1000 is successfully completed).

Note: as admission is highly competitive, satisfying minimum course grade requirements does not guarantee a successful admission. If one or more of the above courses is in progress at the time of application (i.e., it is being completed in the Intercession or Spring semester), you may still apply but a decision on admission will not be made until the final grades are received by the Department.

To determine admission to the major, a student’s academic average will be calculated using both the applicant’s numerical grades in the courses required for admission, and the cumulative average/performance over the last 10 courses. The higher of the two averages will be used to determine a student’s position on the admissions list.

In order to be considered for admission, students must submit the online application form before June 1 (even if they are waiting on deferred exams or are finishing the required courses over the summer). We will not consider any applications received after June 1. Applicants who will be writing deferred exams and/or taking required courses at the time of application should note such in the Comments field.

A portion of seats (normally ~10%) will be reserved to be considered for allocation to applicants who have exceptional circumstances, such as a required course(s) in progress, deferred exams, delays in confirmation of grades for transfer courses, etc. ALL applicants that aren’t accepted initially will be put on a waitlist. Acceptance from the waitlist will be confirmed with students as quickly as possible after grades are received (which is generally not until the second week of classes in the Fall semester).

If you have any questions please direct them to the Undergraduate Advisor for Psychology,  or the Deputy Head.

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 2910 Psychology 2911
Psychology 2930 or 2521 Psychology 2521 or 2930
Chemistry 1050 or Physics 1020 (1050) Chemistry 1051 or Physics 1021 (1051)
Science course which satisfies Science course which satisfies
Elective Elective

Years 3 and 4

Behavioural Neuroscience students must take 3800: Cellular and Molecular 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