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Program Overview

Honours Biology and Psychology is designed for students with broad interests in the biological and neurosciences who want the freedom to choose the best courses from the Department of Biology and the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (PNB). The program is uniquely interdisciplinary. Students can merge leading-edge knowledge from both fields, combining molecular biology, development, or ecology with the latest ideas in cognition, learning, or neurophysiology to gain a truly ‘big picture’ perspective of the living world. The fourth year research thesis may be taken under the supervision of either a Biology or PNB faculty member. Students can gain exciting hands-on experience in topics as diverse as clinical studies of child development, fieldwork in behavioural ecology, cellular neuroscience, or the molecular biology of social learning and memory. Because the program provides students with an elite double-major honours degree in Biology and PNB, it facilitates access to graduate schools in either discipline and to an array of clinical or professional programs (e.g., law, medicine, dental, clinical psychology), and it opens doors to careers in university or industrial research (e.g., pharmaceutics), genetic counselling, or education.

ADMISSION

Enrolment in this program is limited and possession of the published minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Selection is based on academic achievement but requires, as a minimum, completion of any Level I program with a Grade Point Average of at least 5.0 including:
6 units BIOLOGY 1A03, 1M03 with an average of at least 7.0
3 units PSYCH 1XX3 with a grade of at least B-
6 units CHEM 1A03, 1AA3 with an average of at least 7.0
3 units from MATH 1A03, 1LS3
3 units from PHYSICS 1A03, 1C03
3 units from Science 1 Course List (See Admission Note 2).

ADMISSION NOTES

1. One of PHYSICS 1A03 or 1C03 is required for admission.
2. Completion of either PSYCH 1F03 or 1X03 is required by the end of Level II, however, PSYCH 1X03 is recommended in Level

BIOLOGY COURSE LIST

BIOCHEM 2EE3, 3G03, 3H03, 4E03, 4M03, 4Q03; BIOPHYS 2A03, 3D03; BIOLOGY 2A03, 2B03, 2D03, 2EE3, 2F03, 2L03, all Level III and IV Biology and Molecular Biology courses; CHEMBIO 3BM3; HTH SCI 3I03, 3K03, 4BB3, 4II3.

PSYCHOLOGY COURSE LIST

KINESIOL 3E03; LIFE SCI 3BB3, 3E03, 3K03; LINGUIST 2PS3, 3C03, 3NL3; MUSICCOG 2MP3, all Level III & IV MUSICCOG courses; NEUROSCI 3J03, 3SN3; PNB 2XD3, all Level III and IV PNB courses; all Level III and IV PSYCH courses (except PSYCH 3AB3, 3AC3, 3AG3, 3BA3, 3CB3, 3CD3 may only be used as elective credit.)

REQUIREMENTS:

120 UNITS (LEVELS 1 TO IV)

LEVEL 1: 30 UNITS (See Admission)

LEVELS II: 30 UNITS
3 units BIOLOGY 2C03 (Genetics)
3 units from BIOLOGY 2A03 (Animal Physiology), BIOLOGY 2B03 (Cell Biology), BIOLOGY 2F03 (Ecology)
6 units CHEM 20A3, 2OB3 (Organic Chem I & II)
3 units PNB 2XE3 (Data & Descriptive Statistics)
3 units PNB 2XA3 (Human Perception & Cognition)
3 units PNB 2XB3 (Neuroanatomy & Neurophysiology)
3 units PNB 2XC3 (Animal Behaviour & Evolution)
0 units PNB 2XT0 (PNB Tutorial)
6 units Electives (PSYCH 1X03 or 1F03 if not completed in Level I; otherwise, PNB 2XD3, Integrative PNB through Scientific Writing & 2XF3, Perspectives in PNB, are recommended)

LEVEL III: 30 UNITS
12 units from Level III or IV Biology or Molecular Biology Courses
3 units PNB 3RM3 (Research Methods Lab)
3 units PNB 3XE3 (Inferential Statistics)
3 units from Psychology Course List
3 units from Biology Course List or from Level III or IV Psychology Course List
6 units Electives

LEVEL IV: 30 UNITS
(Note: Students must complete a thesis course but it may be from either Biology or Psychology)
9 units from Biology Course List (may include thesis course, BIOLOGY 4C12 A/B, 4C09 A/B or
4F06 A/B, S)
9 units from Level III or IV Psychology Course List (can include thesis course, PNB 4D09 A/B or 4DD6 A/B)
6 units from Biology Course List or Level III or IV Psychology Course List.
6 units Electives

Faculty Program Advisors:

Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour - (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Dr. Sigal Balshine
Dr. Paul Faure


Biology – (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Dr. Graham Scott

Web Sites:
Biology http://www.biology.mcmaster.ca/
Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour http://pnb.mcmaster.ca/

Contact Department

Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (PNB)
Psychology Building (PC), Room 102
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton Ontario L8S 4K1
Canada