Behavioural Neuroscience

Behavioural neuroscience is the general study of the relations between the structure and activity of the brain and its function in generating integrated adaptive behavioural responses. Memorial’s neuroscience program has strong links to the Faculty of Medicine, located on the same campus in St. John’s.

Behavioural neuroscience at Memorial

Through course work and hands-on research experiences, behavioural neuroscience students learn the science behind their degree. A variety of topics are covered including spatial and temporal cognition, effects of hormones on behaviour and animal models of psychological disorders. Because behavioural neuroscience is a multi-disciplinary field, you will also take a variety of different sciences as part of their degree.

In addition to the B.Sc. major and honours options in behavioural neuroscience, joint programs are offered in:

  • biochemistry/behavioural neuroscience (B.Sc. honours)
  • biology/behavioural neuroscience (B.Sc. honours)
  • nutrition/behavioural neuroscience (B.Sc. honours)

The Department of Psychology offers a co-operative education option available to behavioural neuroscience majors. Co-op students  complete three work terms, which consist of full-time paid employment.

Admission to the co-op option is competitive for a limited number of places.

Admission requirements

You may apply for admission into the Faculty of Science by indicating bachelor of science as your program choice on the undergraduate application for admission.

Direct entry into the Faculty of Science from high school is subject to meeting the general admission requirements for Memorial University, including appropriate courses in mathematics and a laboratory science.

Admission to the major

Entry into the behavioural neuroscience major is based on academic standing. Admission to the program is competitive and selective. Meeting the minimum criteria does not guarantee admission to the program.

To be considered for admission to the behavioural neuroscience major, you must have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours (8 courses), including the following:

  • six credit hours in critical reading and writing (CRW) courses, including at least three credit hours in English
  • Mathematics 1000 or two of Mathematics 1090, 1050 or 1051 (or equivalent)
  • Psychology 1000 and 1001
  • six credit hours in elective courses (three elective courses if only Mathematics 1000 is completed) 

A minimum average of 65% in Psychology 1000 and 1001 and an overall average of 60% in psychology, CRW, and mathematics courses is required.

Students intending to major in behavioural neuroscience must submit a departmental online application form by June 1 to the Department of Psychology. Forms are usually submitted at the end of the second semester.

Sample first year

Wondering what courses you would take in your first year? Check out a sample program of suggested courses for behavioural neuroscience students.

Sample courses beyond first year

PSYC 2520 - Introduction to Behavioural Neuroscience
PSYC 3250 - Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
PSYC 3820 - Research Techniques in Behavioural Neuroscience

Career opportunities

A bachelor of science degree, with a major in behavioural neuroscience, prepares students for a variety of careers including:

  • audiologist
  • clinical research assistant
  • health educator
  • medical doctor
  • neuropsychologist
  • occupational therapist
  • physiotherapist

Note: some of these careers may call for supplementary education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential learning or professional courses and exams.

Program Information

Faculty of Science




Bachelor of Science


St. John's

Honours Option:


Co-op Available:



4 years


Fall semester only

Application Deadline:

June 1

Supplementary Application:

Yes. See Admission to the major.

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