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Behavioural Neuroscience (BSc)

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Degree
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Department
Faculty
Program type
Honours, Specialization
Primary campus
Loyola (LOY)
Duration
3 to 4 years
Start term
Fall, Winter

Why study Behavioural Neuroscience?

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.

Program highlights

  • The Science First-Year Experience Program → for students from other Canadian provinces. Connect with other first-year science students and engage in interdisciplinary, research-based approaches to the foundational sciences. Learn more

Program structure

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.


Program options

  • 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.


Course requirements


Admission requirements

Minimum cut-off averages

  • Quebec CEGEP: 28
    (Honours: 31)
  • High School: B overall, B in math / sciences
    (Honours: A- overall, A- in math / sciences)
  • University Transfers (internal/external): B overall, B in math / sciences
    (Honours: B+ overall, B+ in math / sciences)
  • Bacc. français: 13 overall, 13 in math / science
    (Honours: 15 overall, 15 in math / science)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma: 29 overall, 4 math, 5 science
    (Honours: 33 overall, 5 math, 6 science)

Course requirements for admission

  • CEGEP STUDENTS: Calculus 1 and Calculus 2 – Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism and Wave, Optics and Modern Physics – General Chemistry and Chemistry of Solutions – General Biology OR Natural Science DEC OR DEC intégré en sciences, lettres et arts.
  • HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: one math and two of either biology, chemistry or physics
  • BACC FRANÇAIS STUDENTS: Science programs require the completion of Série S (Sciences) Bacc. français
  • IB STUDENTS: one math, one science (HL preferred but SL acceptable). SL grade requirement may vary. Science HL or SL acceptable.
  • UNIVERSITY TRANSFERS: Completed courses in the disciplines of Calculus, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.


Honours programs: Students applying directly to an honours program should list it as their first choice. If not admitted to honours, they will automatically be considered for the next highest program (i.e. specialization or major).

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.

After your degree

Behavioural science alumni often pursue graduate studies. Others have established careers as psychologists, researchers or medical professionals.

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