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University of Calgary Calendar 2017-2018 Faculty of Science 4. Program Details 4.6 Non-Departmental Programs: Environmental Science, Nanoscience, Natural Sciences, Neuroscience 4.6.4 Neuroscience Programs in Neuroscience Programs in Neuroscience
Admission and Student Standing

New applicants should refer to A.2 in the Admissions section of this Calendar for general regulations regarding admission requirements to the University of Calgary.

Bachelor of Science Honours in Neuroscience program is limited to 30 students each year. Admission is based on high school averages or university GPA.

New applicants are considered for admission to the first or third years of the Bachelor of Science Honours in Neuroscience degree program only. There is no second year admission. To be eligible for first year admission consideration, applicants must be coming directly from high school and/or presenting no more than 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent) transferable post-secondary courses (including University of Calgary courses). To be considered for admission to third year, transfer applicants must have completed 60 units (10.0 full-course equivalent) transfer courses and have earned a GPA that meets the standard for admission into an honours program (Section 3.2 Admission and 3.4C Program Requirements). Transfer admission into this program is highly competitive and a GPA of at least 3.70 is required in order to be considered for a transfer, although does not guarantee admission. Students will be evaluated on their academic performance as outlined for the honours review and must have completed or be currently enrolled in the following courses. These courses must include the following or their equivalents:

Additionally, it is recommended that students take Psychology 375 or its equivalent prior to transferring.

Students who have obtained a Bachelor degree in Biological Sciences, Psychology or Zoology, or an equivalent degree, may not enrol in the Bachelor of Science Honours in Neuroscience degree, as Biological Sciences, Psychology and Zoology are integral components of the Bachelor of Science Honours in Neuroscience degree. Students with such degrees are encouraged to seek a second degree in the other discipline (Psychology or Biological Sciences/Zoology, as appropriate) or to consider applying to a graduate degree in Psychology, Biological Sciences or Neuroscience.

Students who hold an approved Bachelors degree recognized by the University of Calgary (BA, BSc, BEd, etc.) in disciplines other than Psychology or Biological Sciences, who wish to pursue the Bachelor of Science Honours in Neuroscience degree as a second or subsequent undergraduate degree are advised that they will be required to follow the admission procedures and meet the requirements in place for transfer applicants to the program. For additional regulations regarding admission to a second undergraduate degree, refer to A.5.5 Second-Degree Students in the Admissions section of this Calendar.

Note: Any student in an Honours program is subject to the provisions for continuation in an Honours program, Subsections 3.2 and 3.4C.

GPA Requirements

Students in Neuroscience must present honours-level performance at the academic review completed after each winter semester. Details on the honours review is found in section A.2 of this calendar. Students who do not qualify for continuation will be moved into the Biological Sciences program in the Department of Biological Sciences unless they indicate otherwise and meet the admission requirements for their chosen program. Students with a GPA of less than 2.000 are subject to the provisions of 3.7 Student Standing, B. Performance Review, Probationary Status and Dismissal.

Note: Students in Neuroscience may take no more than 24 units (6.0 full-course equivalents) that would fulfill major field requirements in Biological Sciences programs or the Psychology program respectively. Students who wish to transfer out of Neuroscience into either Biological Sciences or Psychology must apply to transfer by the application deadline and will be able to take more such courses once admitted to their new program.

Courses Constituting the Honours Field of Neuroscience
Required Courses - Honours Program

See also Section 3 (Faculty Regulations), Subsection 3.4A (Program Requirements - Major and Honours Programs) and Subsection 3.5B (Course Selection and Registration - Introductory Courses for Science Degree Programs).

3 units (0.5 full-course equivalent) – Anthropology 201 or 311

3 units (0.5 full-course equivalent) – Biochemistry 341 or 393

12 units (2.0 full-course equivalents) – Biology 241, 243, 311 and 331

9 units (1.5 full-course equivalents) – Chemistry 351 and one of 201 or 211 and one of 203 or 213

3 units (0.5 full-course equivalent) – One English course

3 units (0.5 full-course equivalent) – Mathematics 211 or 213

3 units (0.5 full-course equivalent) – One of Mathematics 249 or 265 or 275

39 units (6.5 full-course equivalents) – Neuroscience 201, 301, 401, 411, 421, 475, 478, 479, 500, 511, 521, 531

3 units (0.5 full-course equivalent) – Physics 211 or 221

3 units (0.5 full-course equivalent) – Philosophy 275 or 279

12 units (2.0 full-course equivalents) – Psychology 200 or 205, 312, 375

6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent) – Zoology 461 and 463

21 units (3.5 full-course equivalents) – Options


  • Students transferring into the third year of the Neuroscience program can replace Neuroscience 301 with Neuroscience 507.
  • Students are advised to register for courses as soon as they are eligible to ensure the best selection. Furthermore, students are advised to follow the course recommendations for each year as many courses serve as prerequisites for subsequent courses.
  • At the time of graduation, students who have not achieved a GPA of 3.30 over the last 90 units (15.0 full-course equivalents) will be awarded a BSc Neuroscience (i.e., without the Honours designation).
  • Students who wish to be considered for graduation based on course work completed through a professional program as outlined in section 3.4.A must complete all the requirements above with the exception of Neuroscience 500, 511, 521 and 531.
Recommendations for the Honours Program

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Throughout their time in the Neuroscience program, students are encouraged to attend seminars at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute. In their fourth year, students must register in Neuroscience 511.

International Component

This suggestion may be satisfied in various ways, e.g., by completing 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent) from the list of courses in item 4 of the section "Make Your Degree More International," under "About the University" in the Calendar, or by following one of the other suggestions listed there. If non-science course work is used to satisfy this recommendation, this course work could be part of the breadth requirement.

Optional courses

Students typically choose optional courses in consultation with a faculty mentor.

Suggested Program Sequence
First Year    
Biology 241 Biology 243 Neuroscience 301
Chemistry 2011 or 211 or Physics 211 or 221 Chemistry 2031 or 213  
Mathematics 211 or 213 or 249 or 265 Mathematics 211 or 213 or 249 or 265  
Neuroscience 201 Philosophy 275 or 279 or Anthropology 201 or Chemistry 2011  
Psychology 200 English  

1Students should take Chemistry 201 in the Winter Term if they are not taking it in the Fall Term.

Second Year  
Biology 311 Biochemistry 393
Chemistry 351 Biology 331
Psychology 312 Psychology 312

Anthropology 201 or 311 or Philosophy 275 or 279

Psychology 375
Option Option2

Third Year  
Neuroscience 421 Zoology 463
Zoology 461 Neuroscience 401
Neuroscience 411
Neuroscience 475 Neuroscience 478
Neuroscience 479 Non-science option

Anthropology 201 or 311
or Philosophy 275 or 279


Fourth Year  
Neuroscience 500 Neuroscience 500
Neuroscience 511
  Neuroscience 521
Option Neuroscience 531
Non-science Option Option
See below3

1Chemistry 201 and 203 are offered both in Fall and Winter Terms and may be done in any order.

2Students who wish to complete a full year of Organic Chemistry may register in Chemistry 353 or 355.

3Since students complete Neuroscience 301 in Spring of their first year, this slot is left open.