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Neuroscience (BSc)

Bachelor of Arts (BA) / Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Why study 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 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 details

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 Neuroscience (87 credits)*
  • Specialization in Neuroscience (81 credits)

*Honours is a highly concentrated program, ideal for students planning to continue to graduate studies. If you are interested in Honours, speak with your program advisor in your first year of study at Concordia. Students applying to the University are able to apply to the specialization.

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements
  • Quebec CEGEP: 30
    • 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.
    • Additional information for CEGEP applicants
  • High School: B overall, B in math / sciences
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma: 30 overall, 4 math, 5 science
    • one math (Applications and Interpretations HL, Analysis and Approaches HL or Analysis and Approaches SL)
    • one science (Physics, Chemistry or Biology, either SL or HL)
    • one of the science or math courses must be competed at the HL level
  • Baccalauréat français: 13 overall, 13 in math / science
    • Première: Spécialité mathématiques AND Spécialité physique-chimie
      Terminale: Spécialité mathématiques
        (also accepted, Spécialité Physique-Chimie AND Mathématiques Complémentaires)
  • British system of education (GCE):
    • A-levels: At least two A-level exams CD, C in math, D in science or
    • AS-levels: At least 4 AS-level exams with equivalent results or
    • BTEC: Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in a related subject area with equivalent results
    • Students without math or science A-levels may be admissible based on AS-level or iGCSE/GCSE/O-Level exam results. Students should include all their exam results from iGCSE (or equivalent) onwards to support their application.
    • Additional information for British System of Education (GCE) applicants
  • University Transfers (internal/external): B overall, B in math / sciences
    • Completed courses in the disciplines of Calculus, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

You must meet Concordia’s minimum admission requirements.

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.

We consider complete applications year round and we give priority to applicants who apply by official deadlines. Late applications will be considered if places are still available for the fall term only.

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We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.

Sample classes

  • Fundamentals of Personality
  • Fundamentals of Sensation and Perception
  • Neurobiology of Drug Abuse and Addiction
  • Molecular and General Genetics
  • Biochemistry

Curriculum requirements

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 Neuroscience must also complete several other required and elective courses.

See detailed requirements for each concentration.

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

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