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Behavioural Neuroscience

Seek to understand the nature of individuals and why they behave the way that they do.

Behavioural Neuroscience prepares students interested in studying human behaviour with neurobiological perspectives.

Emphasis on a broad range of topics, from understanding behaviour to the complex molecular biology of the junctions between nerves and muscles. The courses required in this program correspond with admission requirements to medical schools and biomedical and psychology graduate programs.

Download a copy of the Course List below:

For students enrolled prior to Fall 2023 (PDF)

For students enrolled in or after Fall 2023 (PDF)

Academic Advisor

Blake Dotta

Telephone: 705-675-4824


Office: Science Building, S126

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Delivery Method: On campus
Program Language: English

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Ontario High School Applicants

Program Prerequisites:

  • 1 grade 12 English U/M course; 1 grade 12 4U Advanced Functions; 2 grade 12 U Science courses or 1 Science + 1 Math; 2 other grade 12 U/M courses
  • A minimum overall average of 70% in the 6 best grade 12 U/M courses

Additional information for applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses.

Additional information for applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate.


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If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you must complete your application through the Ontario Universities Application Center (OUAC).

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Note for Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Behavioural Neuroscience

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.


Specialization in Behavioural Neuroscience

First Year

BIOL 1506E     Biology I 

BIOL 1507E     Biology II

CHMI 1006E     General Chemistry I #

CHMI 1007E     General Chemistry II

PHYS 1006E     Introductory Physics I

PHYS 1007E    Introductory Physics II

PSYC 1105E     Introduction to Psychology

6 credits in MATH or COSC

# Students lacking grade 12 4U Chemistry must first take CHMI 1031.


Second and Third Years

CHMI 2227E     Biochemistry I

CHMI 2426E     Organic Chemistry I

CHMI 2427E     Organic Chemistry II

CHMI 3226E     Biochemistry II

CHMI 4297E     Biochemistry of the Immune System

NATS 3106E     Scientific Writing and Communication

NSCI 2606E     Brain and Behaviour

NSCI 2617E     Human Neuropsychology

NSCI 3506E     Neuropharmacology

NSCI 3507E     Behavioural Neurobiology

STAT 2126E     Introduction to Statistics

3 PSYC credits at the 2000 or 3000 level

6 BIOL credits from the following:

     BIOL 2007E     Genetics

     BIOL 2026E     Introduction to Microbiology

     BIOL 3026E     Applied and Environmental Microbiology

     BIOL 3726E     Animal Histology

     BIOL 3756E     Vertebrate Physiology

     BIOL 4797E     Environmental Physiology

12 upper year BIOL credits, at least 6 of which must be at the 3000 or 4000 level

6 elective credits in the sciences in subjects other than BIOL and CHMI


Fourth Year

CHMI 3217E     Biochemistry of Nucleic Acids

     OR  CHMI 4217E     Biomembranes, Structure and Function

NATS 4005E     Honours Thesis

NSCI 4706E     Advanced Neuroanatomy

NSCI 4707E     Behaviour and the Electromagnetic Chemical Basis of Behaviour

NSCI 4907E     Current Developments in the Neurosciences

PSYC 3256E     Design and Analysis I

     OR  3 CHMI credits at the 3000 or 4000 level

3 credits from the following:

     BIOL 4717E     Animal Behaviour

     NATS 3206E     Internship

     PSYC 4206E     Adolescent and Adult Clinical Psychology

     PSYC 4207E     Clinical Child Psychology

6 elective credits


Note:    Students may not exceed 48 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

SCOM 4006EL is recommended as an elective.

BIOL-1506EL - Biology I BIOL-1507EL - Biology II CHMI-1006EL - General Chemistry I CHMI-1007EL - General Chemistry II PHYS-1006EL - Introductory Physics I PHYS-1007EL - Introductory Physics II PHYS-1206EL - Physics for the Life Sciences I PHYS-1207EL - Physics for the Life Sciences II PSYC-1105EL - Introduction to Psychology BIOL-2007EL - Genetics BIOL-2026EL - Introduction to Microbiology CHMI-2227EL - Biochemistry I CHMI-2426EL - Organic Chemistry I CHMI-2427EL - Organic Chemistry II STAT-2126EL - Introduction to Statistics PSYC-2127EL - Scientific Method and Analysis II PSYC-2606EL - Brain and Behaviour
PSYC-2617EL - Human Neuropsychology BIOL-3026EL - Applied and Environmental Microbiology BIOL-3726EL - Animal Histology BIOL-3756EL - Vertebrate Physiology CHMI-3217EL - Biochemistry of Nucleic Acids CHMI-3226EL - Biochemistry II PSYC-3256EL - Design and Analysis I PSYC-3506EL - Neuropharmacology PSYC-3507EL - Behavioural Neurobiology BIOL-4717EL - Animal Behaviour BIOL-4797EL - Environmental Physiology CHMI-4217EL - Biomembranes CHMI-4297EL - Biochemistry-Immune System PSYC-4104EL - Student's Investigation PSYC-4706EL - Advanced Neuroanatomy PSYC-4707EL - Behaviour and the Electromagnetic Chemical Basis of Behaviour PSYC-4907EL - Current Developments in the Neurosciences

List of Faculty Members

Jean-Francois Robitaille

Jean-Francois Robitaille

School of Natural Sciences
Kabwe Nkongolo

Kabwe Nkongolo

School of Natural Sciences
Leo Leduc

Leo Leduc

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Architecture
John Gunn

John Gunn

School of Natural Sciences
Robert Leclair

Robert Leclair

School of Natural Sciences
Peter Ryser

Peter Ryser

School of Natural Sciences
Eduardo Galiano-Riveros

Eduardo Galiano-Riveros

Albrecht Schulte-Hostedde

Albrecht Schulte-Hostedde

School of Natural Sciences
Mery Martinez Garcia

Mery Martinez Garcia

School of Natural Sciences
Jacqueline Litzgus

Jacqueline Litzgus

School of Natural Sciences