|Department: Psychology||Faculty: Science||Campus: St. John's|
|Honours available: Yes||Co-op available: Yes||Length: Four years|
|University Calendar: Behavioural neuroscience|
|Prospective students: Fill out our student inquiry form to receive updates from Memorial.|
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.
New Memorial students
|Intake: Fall, winter or spring semesters|
|Application deadline: Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply by: March 1 for fall admission, Oct. 1 for winter admission and Feb. 1 for spring admission
Direct entry into the Faculty of Science from high school is subject to meeting the general admission requirements for Memorial University, including appropriate high school courses in mathematics and a laboratory science.
Sample first year
Admission into the behavioural neuroscience major requires the completion of university level courses. Wondering what courses you should take in your first year? Check out a sample program of suggested courses you need to complete before applying for the behavioural neuroscience major.
Admission to the major for current students
|Intake: Fall semester only|
|Application deadline: June 1 via departmental application (details below)
Entry into the behavioural neuroscience major is based on academic standing. Admission 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 Statistics 1500 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 courses beyond first year
A bachelor of science degree, with a major in behavioural neuroscience, prepares students for a variety of careers including:
- clinical research assistant
- health educator
- medical doctor
- occupational therapist
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.