Academic Calendar - 2024

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Faculty of Science/Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry; including BMSc and Neuroscience - Neuroscience - Basic Medical Sciences Undergraduate Education (BMSUE)

May be completed only within a BSc (Honours) degree offered by the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.

This module is intended for students who wish to pursue postgraduate training in Neuroscience or related disciplines and want to include research-intensive preparation in their undergraduate program. Enrolment in this module is limited. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee that students wishing to enter in this module will be offered enrollment.

Note: the Honours Specialization in Neuroscience is jointly offered by the Departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology and Physiology and Pharmacology in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and the Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Social Science.

Admission Requirements

Completion of first-year requirements with no failures. Students must have a minimum average of 75% in the following 4.0 principal courses, with no mark below 60% in any of these (full or half) courses:

1.0 course from: Biology 1001A or Biology 1201A and Biology 1002B or Biology 1202B.
1.0 course: Psychology 1000, or Psychology 1002A/B and Psychology 1003A/B.
1.0 course: Chemistry 1301A/B and Chemistry 1302A/B.
0.5 course from: Calculus 1000A/B, Calculus 1500A/B.
0.5 course: Data Science 1000A/B. Note: Computer Science 1026A/B may be used in place of Data Science 1000A/B only if Applied Mathematics 1201A/B is also taken and completed with a minimum grade of 60%.

0.5 course in physics with a minimum mark of 60% must be completed prior to Year 3 from: Physics 1201A/B, Physics 1501A/B, the former Physics 1028A/B, the former Physics 1301A/B.

Module/Program Information

10.5 courses:

0.5 course: Biochemistry 2280A.
0.5 course: Biology 2382A/B.
1.0 course: Neuroscience 2000.
1.0 course from: Psychology 2801F/G and Psychology 2802F/G (see notes below), or the former Psychology 2800E.
1.0 course from: (Psychology 2811A/B and Psychology 2812A/B; or (one of Biology 2244A/B or Statistical Sciences 2244A/B and one of Computer Science 2120A/B or Data Science 2000A/B); or the former Psychology 2810 - see notes below.
0.5 course: Neuroscience 3000F/G.
1.0 course: Pharmacology 3620.
0.5 course: Physiology 3140A.
0.5 course from: Communication Sciences and Disorders 3317A/B, Medical Sciences 3991F, Neuroscience 3996F/G.
1.0 course from: Neuroscience 3997G, Psychology 3138F/G, Psychology 3139A/B, Psychology 3185F/G, Psychology 3209F/G, Psychology 3221F/G, Psychology 3224A/B, Psychology 3225A/B, Psychology 3226A/B, Psychology 3228A/B, Psychology 3230F/G, Psychology 3285F/G, Psychology 3312F/G, Psychology 3316F/G, Psychology 3440F/G, Psychology 3441F/G, Psychology 3442F/G, Psychology 3443F/G, Psychology 3444F/G, Psychology 3485F/G.
1.0 course from: Anatomy and Cell Biology 4451F/G, Anatomy and Cell Biology 4452A/B, Pharmacology 4370A/B, Pharmacology 4380A/B, Physiology 4630A/B, Physiology 4650A/B, Physiology 4680A/B, Physiology 4710A/B, Physiology and Pharmacology 4750A/B.
0.5 course from: Psychology 4115F/G, Psychology 4190F/G, Psychology 4195F/G, Psychology 4222F/G, Psychology 4223F/G, Psychology 4224F/G, Psychology 4260F/G, Psychology 4290F/G, Psychology 4295F/G.
1.5 courses: Neuroscience 4000E (Research Project = 1.5 courses).


1. Psychology 2802F/G and Psychology 2812A/B require a minimum mark of 70% in their prerequisite courses, Psychology 2801F/G and Psychology 2811A/B, respectively. 

2. Computer Science 2120A/B cannot be taken for credit if Computer Science 1026A/B has already been completed. Computer Science 1026A/B may be used in place of Computer Science 2120A/B only if it was not used to satisfy the admission requirements.

3. In order to satisfy graduation requirements for an Honours Bachelor of Science degree, students must also fulfil Science course requirements (see Graduation Requirements for Honours Degrees - additional requirements for the Honours Bachelor of Science).  Psychology 2811A/B and Psychology 2812A/B or the former Psychology 2810 may be used to fulfil this Science course requirement.   


Progression Requirements

Students who are enrolled in the Honours Specialization in Neuroscience must complete a minimum of 3.5 modular courses prior to Year 3 and a minimum of 7.0 modular courses prior to Year 4 (a half course in Psychology at the 3000-level may be deferred until Year 4), maintain a minimum cumulative modular average of 75%, achieve a mark of at least 75% in both Neuroscience 2000 and Neuroscience 3000F/G, achieve a mark of at least 60% in all other modular courses and a mark of at least 50% in all optional courses.