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Honours 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.
If you are planning to pursue a Master’s or PhD degree in neuroscience or related disciplines, you should take the
following courses to achieve an honours degree. An honours degree with 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
fulfill the requirements of a BScH in Psychology (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 the statistics
course can also be taken in second year, it is
highly recommended you do so in 1st
Courses to take in your second year:
o Research Design and Analysis (2013/2023; plus
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 Processes (2173)
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
1. Abnormal Psychology (2113) and/or Personality
2. Social Psychology (2103) and/or Developmental
To help you decide which classes to choose, look ahead
to see which ones are prerequisites for the 3rd
year courses you want to take.
Courses to take in your third year:
o Advanced Research Methods (3243) *
o Honours Seminar (3023)**
o At least one third year lab course: Cognitive
Neuroscience (3053), Sensation and Perception
(3083), or Introductory Neuroscience
* Must be taken in first term of third year.
** Note that Honours Seminar and the lab course
can be done in third or fourth year, but will be of
most help to you in your thesis if you take them
in third year. Note that not all courses will
necessarily be offered every year.
Courses to take in your third or fourth year:
o Students will need to take 5 more courses (15
hr) from the following list: 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
You must apply to the honours program in January of
your third year. A program GPA of at least 3.33 (B+) or
better, and grades of B- or better in 3243 and all other
courses used to fulfill the above requirements, is
required to be accepted into the program.
Courses to take in your fourth year:
o Advanced Seminar in History and Systems
o Psychology Honours Thesis (4996)
o Any course requirements not previously fulfilled
A grade of B- or better is required in all courses used
to fulfill the Honours requirements.
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).