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Honours in Psychology (Neuroscience Option)

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Honours in Psychology (Neuroscience Option)

  1. 1. 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 year. 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 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 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 and 4th 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 (BIO3063).** * 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 (KINE4373). 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 (4183) 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. Other Recommendations: 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).