BSc in Psychology (Neuroscience Option) (revision 8/4/2009)
Disclaimer: Although this document was prepared with care, it is only intended as a supplement to the Academic
Undergraduate Calendar to assist with course selections. In case of a discrepancy, information in the Calendar is binding.
What is Neuroscience?
Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system, which consists of the brain, spinal cord, and the network
of nerves responsible for sensation, movement, and control over internal bodily processes. Neuroscientists study
the nervous system at a wide range of levels, including the molecular (e.g., genes, neurotransmitters, hormones),
cellular (e.g., sensory and motor neurons), behavioural (e.g., sleep, sexual behaviour, drug effects), perceptual
(e.g., vision, audition, taste), and cognitive (e.g., language, attention, emotion). The neuroscience option is a
program that allows science students to take a collection of specialized courses related to the field of
neuroscience. A specialization in neuroscience provides a strong foundation for postgraduate studies in
experimental and neuroscience research, medicine, nursing, physical and occupational therapy, speech-language
pathology, and audiology. This guide will advise you about what courses to take to fulfil the requirements of a
BSc in Psychology (Neuroscience Option). Check the calendar to ensure that you fulfill all of your requirements.
If you are planning to pursue a Master’s or PhD degree in neuroscience or related disciplines, follow the
instructions for an honours degree with neuroscience option.
Courses to take in your first year of university:
o Introductory Psychology (1013/1023)
o Statistics and Probability (MATH 1213/1223 or 2233/2243, plus lab). Although this course can also be
taken in second year, it is highly recommended you take it in 1st
Courses to take in your second year:
o Research Design and Analysis (2013/2023; plus lab)
o Statistics (MATH 1213/1223 or 2233/2243, plus lab), if not taken the previous year
o Physiological Psychology (2133), and at least one of Introduction to Cognition (2143) and Sensory
To fulfill breadth requirements, you need to take at least one course from each of the following two groups. Most
students fulfill these breadth requirements in their second year.
1. Abnormal Psychology (2113) and/or Personality (2123)
2. Social Psychology (2103) and/or Developmental Psychology (2153)
To help you decide which classes to choose, look ahead to see which ones are prerequisites for the 3rd
courses you want to take.
Courses to take in your third and fourth year:
o Students will need to take 5 more courses (15 hr) from the following list, in addition to the 24 hours
(plus 6 hours of MATH) that you have already taken: Comparative Psychology (3133), Hormones, Drugs
and Behaviour (3323), Human Neuropsychology (3383), Psycholinguistics (3613), Developmental
Cognitive Neuroscience (4323), Neurodegenerative Diseases (4343), Animal Behaviour (BIO3143)
and/or Motor Neurons (KINE4373).
o Students must also take one course with a laboratory component from the following list: Cognitive
Neuroscience (3053), Sensation and Perception (3083), or Introductory Neuroscience (BIO3063).
A grade of C- or better is required in all courses to be counted towards your major.
Although not required, students in the neuroscience option may consider taking some of the following courses
from other departments (other than the ones mentioned specifically above), that are relevant to the field of
neuroscience: Human Biology 1 and 2 (BIO1813/1823), Cell Biology (BIO2013), Principles of Heredity
(BIO2023), Human Physiology and Anatomy 1 and 2 (BIO2813/2823), Fundamental Chemistry 1 and 2
(CHEM1013/1023), Organic Chemistry (CHEM2153), and Biochemistry (CHEM2713).