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.

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).

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 1.

BIOCHEM 2EE3, 3G03, 3H03, 4E03, 4M03, 4Q03; BIOPHYS 2A03; BIOLOGY 2A03, 2B03, 2D03, 2EE3, 2F03, 2L06 (or 2L03), all Level III and IV Biology and Molecular Biology courses; CHEMBIO 3BM3; HTH SCI 3DD3, 3I03, 3K03, 4BB3, 4II3.

KINESIOL 3E03; LIFE SCI 3BB3, 3E03, 3K03; LINGUIST 2PS3, 3C03, 3NL3; MUSICCOG 2MA3, 2MP3, all Level III & IV MUSICCOG courses; NEUROSCI 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.)


LEVEL 1: 30 UNITS (See Admission)

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 (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)  

12 units    from Biology Course List (with at least 6 units from Level III)
3 units    PNB 3RM3 (Research Methods Lab)
3 units    PNB 3XE3 (Inferential Statistics)
3 units    from Psychology Course List
3 units    from Level III or IV Biology or Psychology Course List
6 units    Electives

(Note:  Students must complete a thesis course but it may be from either Biology or Psychology)
9 units    from Level III or IV 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 Level III or IV Biology or 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