Hormones, steroids and neurotransmitters start pumping through our brains the minute we’re born. Chemicals like adrenalin, cortisol, serotonin and dopamine play key roles in our emotions. When you study behavioural neuroscience, you’ll investigate the links between the chemical changes in the brain, emotions and behaviour.
The Behavioural Neuroscience option is designed for psychology students who want to research the neurobiology of behaviour. As a student, you’ll follow a core psychology curriculum. You’ll also:
Receive fundamental training in statistics and research methods
Study the history of psychology
Take courses in chemistry, biochemistry and biology
After graduation, you’ll have the skill and knowledge to pursue research, medicine or graduate studies in psychology.
A Bachelor of Science degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.
Honours in Psychology/Behavioural Neuroscience (66 credits)
Specialization in Psychology/Behavioural Neuroscience (60 credits)
Students applying directly to the honours program should list this as their first choice. If not admitted to honours, they will automatically be considered for the next highest program, i.e. specialization.
Mathematics 103 or 201-NYA and 203 or 201-NYB;
Physics 101 or 203-NYA and 201 or 203-NYB and 301 or 203-NYC;
Chemistry 101 or 202-NYA and 201 or 202-NYB;
Biology 301 or 101-NYA OR
Natural Science DEC OR
A DEC intégré en sciences, lettres et arts
Minimum Cut-off Averages
Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.
Quebec Cegep (CRC): 25.000 (Honours: 28.000)
Canadian High Schools: 80% (Honours: 85%)
U.S. High Schools: 3.0 (Honours: 3.3)
University Transfers: B (Honours: B+)
International Bacc. (IB): 30 (Honours: 33)
Bacc. Français: 13/20 (Honours: 14/20) Science programs require completion of Série S (Sciences) Bacc. Français.
All students majoring in Psychology must complete the 33 credit core curriculum.
Core Program: 33 credits
15 required credits in psychology, including Strategies of Inquiry in Psychology, Statistical Analysis, Modern Psychology in Historical Perspective, Fundamentals of Behavioural Neurobiology.
18 elective credits in psychology: nine credits from Fundamentals of Abnormal, Developmental and Social Psychology and Theories of Personality; nine credits from Motivation, Learning, Sensation and Perception, and Cognition.
Students in the honours program Behavioural Neuroscience must also complete several other required and elective courses.