Honours B.Sc. in Neuroscience is an elite interdisciplinary program designed for students who are considering careers in neuroscience research or related fields. The program is jointly administered by the Departments of Biology and Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (PNB). Comprising all research related to neurons and nervous systems, neuroscience spans a vast range 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. Reflecting the thoroughly interdisciplinary nature of neuroscience, students in this program acquire a broad foundational skill set in several scientific areas, including Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics. These scientific foundations are coupled with a robust exploration of the core areas of molecular, cellular and systems neuroscience. The program offers unique hands-on laboratory experiences and the option of a fourth-year research thesis. Upon graduation, students will be ideally suited to continue to graduate studies in neuroscience or to pursue a wide array of other fields for which a strong scientific foundation is advantageous.
Path From High School
At McMaster University, students normally complete a gateway Level I (first year) program and then select a specific discipline program as they enter Level II (second year). Students interested in the Honours B.Sc. in Neuroscience program usually apply to Life Sciences I or Chemical & Physical Sciences I as their first year gateway programs. Applications are made through the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC).
For detailed admission requirements for Level I programs, please refer to the admission requirements page.
Anticipated percentage cut-off (subject to change): 87% to 90%
Note 1: Applicants without Calculus & Vectors U will be required to take an equivalent Calculus course in Level I.
Note: Biology U (SBI4U) is highly recommended. Applicants without this will be required to take equivalent course in Level I.
Path From Level I (Course Requirements)
To enter the Honours B.Sc. in Neuroscience program in Level II, you will need to take specific courses in Level I. Click the link below to see these admission requirements and descriptions of the upper year courses for the program.
For program inquiries:
Daniel Goldreich, PhD
Director, Honours B.Sc. Neuroscience Program Steering Committee