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Behavioural Neuroscience

The Department of Psychology offers opportunity for study leading to bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. For information on the Bachelor of Arts, see Arts Psychology. For information on graduate degrees, see graduate Psychology.

Students who are entering second year and wish to pursue a Behavioural Neuroscience Major or Honours specialization, including students who have applied to enter the Faculty of Science and expect to have second-year standing upon admission, must apply using the online coordinated admissions process administered by the Faculty of Science. Students can check the Student Service Centre to see if they are eligible to register as a second-year BSc student (and thus able to use the online coordinated admissions process) in June.

Students who are entering third year and wish to pursue a Behavioural Neuroscience specialization must apply online through the Department of Psychology’s website for admission in June.

Students registered in Behavioural Neuroscience specializations must take 6 credits of Faculty of Arts courses other than psychology. Science electives may not be psychology courses. All psychology courses numbered 60 to 89 in the last two digits have science credit. Students may not earn more than a combined 12 credits of Directed Studies in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience (PSYC 340, 348, 388, 440, 448, and 488).

Co-operative Education Program in Behavioural Neuroscience

Co-operative Education is a process of education which integrates academic study with related and supervised work experience in co-operating employer organizations.

An optional Co-operative Education Program is available for students in the Behavioural Neuroscience specializations. The Program, which is intended to help prepare interested and qualified students for research careers in industry, university, or government settings, includes at least 16 months of work placement (i.e., at least four work terms) supervised by scientists in industrial, academic or governmental positions. Co-op advisors visit students at their place of work and provide advice on work term reports required of all students in the program. The four work terms are normally taken consecutively beginning in Summer Session after third year and ending in Summer Session after fourth year.

To be eligible, students must be in a Behavioural Neuroscience specialization, and they must have completed at least one academic term in this program. Admission is by application to the Science Co-op Office. Selection of students is based on academic performance and general suitability to the work environment, as determined by resumé and interview. The total enrolment is subject to the availability of appropriate work placements. The work placements are arranged by mutual agreement between students and employing organizations. Participating students register for PSYC 398, 399, 498, or 499, as appropriate, and pay the Cooperative Education program fee per course as well as Co-operative Education Program Fees.

Graduation in the Co-operative Education Program for Behavioural Neuroscience requires a student to complete PSYC 398, 399, 498, and 499, in addition to the normal academic requirements. Students may choose appropriate timing of their work terms, but some of the four work placements required should not be in the summer.

Detailed information on the program can be obtained from the Behavioural Neuroscience specialization advisors or from the Co-operative Education Program.

Specializations

Major (3502): Behavioural Neuroscience (PSYC)

First Year1
Communication Requirement2 6
BIOL 1113 or 1123 3
BIOL 1213, 140 5
CHEM 111 or 121 4
CHEM 123 4
MATH 100 or 102 or 104 (or 120 or 180 or 1844)5 3(4)
MATH 101 or 103 or 105 (or 1214) 3(4)
PHYS 101 (PHYS 107 or PHYS 117)6 3
Total Credits 31
Second Year
CHEM 233, 235 4
PSYC 101, 1021 6
PSYC 270 3
PSYC 277, 2787 8
Two from: BIOL 200,8 BIOL 201 (or BIOC 202), BIOL 204, BIOL 2054 6
Electives4,10 3
Total Credits 30
Third Year
PSYC 300 or 301 3
PSYC 370, 371 6
6 credits from one of the following three lists: 6
PSYC 302, 315, 319, 320, 322, 325, 412, 413, 414
PSYC 305, 307, 308, 321, 358, 403, 407, 408, 415, 418
PSYC 311, 314, 331, 350, 401, 402, 420
Arts electives9,10 6
Electives9,10 8
Total Credits 29
Fourth Year
12 credits from PSYC 348, 361, 363, 364, 365, 367, 368, 388, 448, 460, 461, 462, 463, 466, 469, 472, 48811 12
Arts electives9,10 6
Electives9,10 12
Total Credits 30
Credits for Degree 120
1 PSYC 101 and 102 are recommended in first year if a student has credit for Biology 12 and Chemistry 12.
2 For a full list of acceptable courses see Communication Requirement.
3 Students without Biology 11 or Biology 12 must take BIOL 111 as a prerequisite for BIOL 121.
4 Students taking more than 6 credits of first year MATH or more than 6 credits of second year BIOL should count these extra credits as electives and reduce the number of second year elective credits accordingly.
5 MATH 110 may substitute for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed by decreasing the electives in second year by 3 credits.
6 Students without Physics 12 must take PHYS 100 before taking PHYS 101 or PHYS 107 or PHYS 117.
7 PSYC 278, together with 6 credits of first year mathematics and 3 credits from computer science, mathematics or statistics, satisfies the faculty computational sciences requirement.
8 The preferred prerequisite for this course is BIOL 112, but students in the Behavioural Neuroscience specialization are allowed to register without it.
9 Nine credits of electives must be Arts or Science taken outside of the field of specialization.
10 In order to graduate, a student must meet both the Faculty of Science science requirement and upper-level requirement.
11 No more than 6 credits of PSYC 348, 388, 448 or 488 can be used towards this 12-credit requirement.

Honours (3503): Behavioural Neuroscience (PSYC)

Admission to the Honours specialization requires at least a 76% average in second year and at least 80% in PSYC 277 and 278. Students failing to meet either of these criteria may petition for admittance into the program. All students enrolling in the Honours program must consult with the chair of the Psychology department’s Honours committee.

Graduation requires an average of at least 80% in 12 credits of Psychology courses numbered 300 or above.

In addition to meeting the Honours specialization course requirements, and the Faculty of Science Honours requirements, Honours candidates must maintain a minimum overall 68% average in each academic session.

First Year1
Communication Requirement2 6
BIOL 1113 or 1123 3
BIOL 1213, 140 5
CHEM 111 or 121 4
CHEM 123 4
MATH 100 or 102 or 104 (or 120 or 180 or 1844)5 3(4)
MATH 101 or 103 or 105 (or 1214) 3(4)
PHYS 101 (PHYS 107 or PHYS 117)6 3
Total Credits 31
Second Year
CHEM 233, 235 4
PSYC 101, 1021 6
PSYC 270 3
PSYC 277, 2787 8
Two from: BIOL 2008, BIOL 201 (or BIOC 202), BIOL 204, BIOL 2054 6
Electives4,10 3
Total Credits 30
Third Year
PSYC 312 3
PSYC 349 6
PSYC 370, 371 6
PSYC 300 or 301 3
6 credits from one of the following three lists: 6
PSYC 311, 314, 331, 350, 401, 402, 420
PSYC 302, 315, 319, 320, 322, 325, 412, 413, 414
PSYC 305, 307, 308, 321, 358, 403, 407, 408, 415, 418
Arts electives9,10 6
Electives9,10 5
Total Credits 35
Fourth Year
PSYC 449 6
12 credits from PSYC 348, 361, 363, 364, 365, 367, 368, 388, 448, 460, 461, 462, 463, 466, 469, 472, 48811 12
Arts electives9,10 6
Electives9,10 12
Total Credits 36
Minimum Credits for Degree 132
1 PSYC 101 and 102 are recommended in first year if a student has credit for Biology 12 and Chemistry 12.
2 For a full list of acceptable courses see Communication Requirement.
3 Students without Biology 11 or Biology 12 must take BIOL 111 as a prerequisite for BIOL 121.
4 Students taking more than 6 credits of first year MATH or more than 6 credits of second year BIOL should count these extra credits as electives and reduce the number of second year elective credits accordingly.
5 MATH 110 may substitute for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed by decreasing the electives in second year by 3 credits.
6 Students without Physics 12 must take PHYS 100 before taking PHYS 101 or PHYS 107 or PHYS 117.
7 PSYC 278, together with 6 credits of first year mathematics and 3 credits from computer science, mathematics or statistics, satisfies the Faculty of Science computational sciences requirement.
8 The preferred prerequisite for this course is BIOL 112, but students in the Behavioural Neuroscience specialization are allowed to register without it.
9 Nine credits of electives must be Arts or Science taken outside of the field of specialization.
10 In order to graduate, a student must meet both the Faculty of Science science requirement and upper-level requirement.
11 No more than 6 credits of PSYC 348, 388, 448 or 488 can be used towards this 12-credit requirement.

Faculty of Science Departmental Guidelines for the Minor

B.Sc., Science Minor in Behavioural Neuroscience

For a Behavioural Neuroscience minor, students are required to take PSYC 100 or both of PSYC 101 and 102, and at least 18 credits of 300- or 400-level psychology courses numbered 60 to 87 in the last two digits.

B.Sc., Arts Minor in Psychology

For a PSYC Arts minor, students are required to take PSYC 100 or both of PSYC 101 and PSYC 102; 6 credits of 200-level psychology, preferably PSYC 207 and 208 in second year; and at least 18 credits of 300-/400-level psychology courses, excluding PSYC 340, 348, 388, 440, 448, or 488.

B.Sc. Major in Cognitive Systems

The Cognitive Systems (COGS) Major (B.Sc. or B.A.) integrates aspects of psychology, linguistics, computer science and philosophy relevant to examining cognition in human and machine systems. The COGS B.Sc. Major in Brain and Cognition, supervised by the Department of Psychology, emphasizes this interdisciplinary endeavour from the perspective of cognitive- and neuro-psychology.

All COGS-designated core courses (COGS 200, 300, 303, 401, and 402) are team taught, and there is a strong emphasis on collaborative engagement of students in curricular and research projects. The Specialization aims for its graduates to possess the background competence necessary to enter graduate research programs in one of the supervisory disciplines or in cognitive science itself.

For information about admission to the COGS (B.Sc.) major streams, see Computer Science and Behavioural Neuroscience. For information about admission to the COGS (B.A.) major streams, see Linguistics, Philosophy, and Psychology. The web pages for these departments contain information regarding the COGS specialization and admissions to it.

Major Cognitive Systems (1225): Cognition and Brain

First Year
Communication Requirement1 6
BIOL (or ASTR or EOSC or GEOB)2 3
CHEM 1213 4
CPSC 110, 121 8
MATH 1005 or 102 or 104 (or 120 or 180 or 184) 3(4)
MATH 101 or 103 or 105 (or 121) 3(4)
PHYS 101 (PHYS 107 or PHYS 117)4 3
Total Credits 30
Second Year
COGS 200 3
LING 1007 3
PHIL 220 (or 320)8 3
PSYC 101 and 102 (or 100)7 6
STAT 200 3
Electives5,6 12
Total Credits 30
Third and Fourth Years
COGS 300, 303, 401, 402 12
PHIL 441, 451 6
PSYC 365 3
Cognitive Systems module courses numbered 300 or above)6,9,10 18
Electives5,6,11 21
Total Credits 60
Credits for Degree 120
1 For a full list of acceptable courses see Communication Requirement. ENGL 112 and SCIE 113 are recommended. Three credits of the Communication Requirement may be deferred until second year.
2 Students without credit in Biology 11 or Biology 12 must take BIOL 111. Students with credit for Biology 11 or 12 must take one of ASTR 101/102, BIOL112/121, EOSC 110/112/114, GEOB 102/103 within their first 60 credits as a lower-level science requirement.
3 Students without credit for Chemistry 12 must complete CHEM 111 in addition. These students may delay 3 credits of CHEM or PHYS until second year.
4 Students without credit for Physics 12 must complete PHYS 100 in addition.
5 Students attempting the COGS major should choose electives to obtain prerequisites to appropriate third and fourth-year courses. Note that the B.Sc. requires at least 72 credits of science courses. Students taking more than 6 credits of first year MATH can reduce the number of elective credits required in second or third year accordingly. MATH 110 may substitute for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed by decreasing the electives by 3 credits. Students are permitted to move elective credits between years. Students who take courses in MATH, PHYS, or CHEM with more credits than those recommended can count the extra credit as electives.
6 Cognitive Systems module courses are recommended as electives for each year of study. Modules are sets of recommended courses that are directly relevant to Cognitive Systems. For the list of module courses, see Cognitive Systems. Courses explicitly listed as required cannot also be counted as module courses.
7 Students attempting the COGS major should complete LING 100 and PSYC 101 and 102 (or PSYC 100) as early in their program as possible. Alternatively, PSYC 101 can be taken in first year, and PSYC 102 in second year.
8 The prerequisite PHIL 220 may be waived for PHIL 320 with the consent of the instructor.
9 At least 6 credits must tbe PSYC module courses, and at least 6 credits must be non-PSYC module courses.
10 BIOL 445 and 458 can also be counted towards this requirement so long as PSYC 304, 360, 370, or 371 have not been taken.
11 At least 48 credits of courses numbered 300 or above are required for the B.Sc. degree, of which at least 30 must be science credits.

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