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The departments of Cellular and Physiological Sciences, Psychology, and Zoology jointly offer one undergraduate degree in neuroscience. For information on advanced programs in neuroscience, see the Graduate Program in Neuroscience.

Students who are continuing in the B.Sc. program and entering second year and wish to pursue a Neuroscience specialization, and including students who have applied to enter the Faculty of Science and expect to have second-or third-year standing upon admission, must apply using the apply 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 at least a second-year B.Sc. student (and thus able to use the online coordinated admissions process) in June.

Students who are continuing in the B.Sc. program and entering third year and wish to pursue a Neuroscience specialization must apply online through the Neuroscience program website for admission mid-May.

Co-operative Education Program in 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 Neuroscience specialization. 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 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 NSCI 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 Neuroscience requires a student to complete NSCI 398, 399, 498, and 499, in addition to the normal academic requirements. Students may choose appropriate timing for their work terms.

Detailed information on the program can be obtained from the Neuroscience Specialization Advisors or from the Co-operative Education Program.


Major (3742): Neuroscience (NSCI)

First Year  
Communication Requirement1 6
BIOL 112, 1402 5
CHEM 110, 111, 120, or 1213 4
CHEM 123 or 1303 4
DSCI 100 3
PHYS 117 or 1314 3
Electives5 5
Total Credits 30
Second Year  
PSYC 277, 278 8
NSCI 200, 201 6
BIOL 200, 234 6
BIOL 201 or BIOC 202 3
CHEM 233, 235 4
Electives5 3
Total Credits 30
Third Year  
NSCI 300, 301, 302, 311 12
BIOL 371, 372 or PSYC 370, 3716 6
Electives5 12
Total Credits 30
Fourth Year  
NSCI 4007 6
9 credits from List A (if Behavioural/Cognitive Neuroscience Emphasis) or List B (if Cellular/Molecular Neuroscience Emphasis), and 3 credits from List A (if Cellular/Molecular Neuroscience Emphasis) or List B (if Behavioural/Cognitive Neuroscience Emphasis)
*List A (Behavioural/Cognitive Neuroscience): PSYC 361, PSYC 363, PSYC 365, PSYC 367, PSYC 368, PSYC 409, PSYC 460, PSYC 461, PSYC 462, PSYC 472
*List B (Cellular/Molecular Neuroscience): BIOL 453, BIOL 455, BIOL 458, BIOL 459, BIOL 460, CAPS 421, CAPS 4268
Electives5 12
Total Credits 30
Credits for Degree 120
1 A total of 6 credits of coursework is required to meet the Communication Requirement. For a full list of acceptable courses see Communication Requirement.
2 Students without one of Biology 11 or Biology 12 must take BIOL 111 before taking BIOL 112 or 140. Students without Chemistry 12 must take CHEM 100, CHEM 110, or CHEM 111 before taking BIOL 112.
3 Students who do not have B.C. High School Chemistry 12 (or its equivalent) must write the UBC Chemistry Basic Skills Test and may be required to take CHEM 100. If a student elects to take CHEM 110 or 120, and/or CHEM 130, the student will have an extra 1 or 2 elective credits available to them.
4 Students without Physics 12 must take PHYS 100 before taking PHYS 117 or PHYS 131.
5 Elective credits together with required courses must fulfill the Faculty of Science’s: a) Foundational Requirement; b) Laboratory Science Requirement; c) Science Breadth Requirement; d) Science and Arts Requirements; e) Upper-level Requirement; f) General Degree Requirements.
6 For Cellular and Molecular Emphasis, take BIOL 371, 372. For Behavioural and Cognitive Emphasis, take PSYC 370, 371.
7 Alternatively, under exceptional circumstances and with prior approval of the Director of the neuroscience specialization, this requirement may be substituted for 6 credits from: (a) NSCI 448; and/or (b) courses on Lists A or B.
8 Students should be aware that CAPS 426 has particularly stringent prerequisites. See the calendar entry for details.

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