Honours BSc Neuroscience

The Honours BSc Neuroscience program aims to provide students with a rigorous interdisciplinary science education that will enable them to pursue careers in neuroscience research and related fields.

Neuroscience is an inherently interdisciplinary field. Comprising all research related to neurons and nervous systems, neuroscience spans a vast array of topics, from the biophysical and electrochemical properties of nerve cells to the developmental biology of neural circuit formation to the information processing calculations carried out by the brain. To be able to comprehend past and current developments in neuroscience, and to contribute to future developments, students require a broad foundational skill set in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and physics, coupled with a strong introduction to the core areas of molecular, cellular, and systems neuroscience. The Honours BSc Neuroscience program offers just such a curriculum.

Through lecture, laboratory, and seminar coursework, students will acquire an understanding of fundamental concepts in biology, chemistry, and physics that are foundational to neuroscience, and will develop critical knowledge of three major areas of neuroscience: cellular/molecular, systems/circuits, and behavioural/cognitive neuroscience. Students will be introduced to modern tools and methods for attacking neuroscience problems and will apply their knowledge to critically evaluating the neuroscience literature, analyzing and developing scientific hypotheses and arguments, forming considered scientific judgments, and developing creative approaches to tackling important open questions in neuroscience.

Graduates will be ideally suited to pursue advanced degrees in neuroscience and ultimately to become university professors of neuroscience or to work in the neuroscience-related biotechnology sector. Graduates will also be well suited to enter a wide variety of other professions for which a strong interdisciplinary science foundation is advantageous; these include medical and allied health professions, science teaching, science journalism, and science policy, among others.


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Contact Department

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