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Psychology and Neuroscience (BSc)

Psychology and Neuroscience (BSc)

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Our Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Psychology and Neuroscience program provides you with a science education that includes broad exposure to the major sub-fields of psychology along with specialization in neuroscience.

Training in other natural sciences complements the skills and knowledge acquired through studies in the neuroscience area. Our understanding of the brain at both the cellular and systems level has increased dramatically over the last 50 years. Integrating this knowledge with psychological constructs is the focus of this program

Program Highlights

  • co-op-icon.jpgCo-op is available (apply after first year).
  • Course options allow for specialization in specific areas of neuroscience, such as psychopharmacology, computational neuroscience or the biochemistry of behaviour.
  • In addition to researching human psychology, our researchers work with a wide variety of species (birds, fish, rats and reptiles) to explore how behaviour varies across species. In upper years, you’ll have the opportunity to become involved in this cutting edge research – a great way to get real-world research experience.
  • Our students are eligible for Summer Research Awards from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

First-Year Courses

  • Introduction to Psychology I and II
  • Unifying Life Processes
  • Biological Diversity and Evolution
  • Intro to Calculus for the Natural Sciences
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry I and II
  • Data Structures I
  • Mechanics for the Life Sciences
  • Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics and Waves for the Life Sciences
  • Thermodynamics and Waves
  • Calculus for the Natural Sciences
  • 1.5 elective credits

Choice may be offered for a selection of these courses. For detailed information, visit Program Requirements.

Admission Requirements

We encourage applicants of all academic backgrounds to apply.

Ontario High School Curriculum

  • Minimum admission range of mid 70s.
  • Competitive admission range of mid 80s.
  • English at 60%.
  • Advanced Functions and Biology each at 60%.
  • All prerequisite courses calculated in admission average.

Other Curriculums

Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for international curriculums, other Canadian curriculums, transfer students and more.

Design Your Degree

These are a few of the many popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Management Option
  • Legal Studies Option
  • Education Minor
  • minors in science, social science or humanities disciplines

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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