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University of Calgary Calendar 2013-2014 Faculty of Science 5. Program Details 5.6 Non-Departmental Programs: Environmental Science, Nanoscience, Natural Sciences, Neuroscience 5.6.4 Neuroscience Programs in Neuroscience Programs in Neuroscience
Admission and Student Standing

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

Space in the Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience program is limited to 30 students each year. Admission is highly competitive and is based on high school averages or university GPA. Students with excellent non-academic records are encouraged to explore the A.15 “Diverse Qualifications Admission Policy”.

New applicants are considered for admission to the first or third years of the Bachelor of Science 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 two half-course equivalent transferable post-secondary courses (including University of Calgary courses). To be considered for admission to third year, transfer applicants must have completed 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 3.4D “Program Requirements”). 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 Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience degree, as Biological Sciences, Psychology and Zoology are integral components of the Bachelor of Science 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 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.9.5 Second Baccalaureate Degrees in the Undergraduate Admissions section of this Calendar.

Note: Students admitted directly from High School into the Neuroscience Honours program are encouraged to sign up also for the Graduation Guarantee, Subsection 3.4.A.

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

GPA Requirements

Note: GPA requirements for Honours programs

End of Year 1, 2 and 3 Year 4 and Graduation
3.300 or above: satisfactory standing 3.300 or above: BSc Honours degree
Less than 3.300: transfer out of Neuroscience*. 2.000 to less than 3.300: BSc degree

* Students who do not qualify for continuation probably should considering transferring into one of the Biological Sciences, Natural Sciences or Psychology programs provided they meet the admission requirements for those programs. Students with a GPA of less than 2.000 are subject to the provisions of 3.7 Student Standing, A. Performance Review, Probationary Status and Dismissal.

Note: Students in Neuroscience may take no more than 6.0 FCE 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

Biology 231, 233, 241, 243, 311 and 331

Psychology 200 or 205, 312 and 375

All courses labelled Neuroscience

Required Courses - Honours Program

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

0.5 FCE – Anthropology 201 or 311

0.5 FCE – Biochemistry 341 or 393

2.0 FCE – Biology 241, 243, 311 and 331

1.5 FCE – Chemistry 351 and one of 201 or 211 and one of 203 or 213

0.5 FCE – One English course

0.5 FCE – Mathematics 211 or 213

0.5 FCE – One of Mathematics 249 or 251 or 281 or Applied Mathematics 217

5.5 FCE – Neuroscience 201, 301, 401, 411, 421, 500, 511, 521, 531, 541

0.5 FCE – Physics 211 or 221

0.5 FCE – Philosophy 275 or 279

3.5 FCE – Psychology 200 or 205, 312, 375, 475, 478, 479

1.0 FCE – Zoology 461 and 463

1.0 FCE – Non-science options selected from the Faculty of Arts

2.0 FCE – Options

Note: Students transferring into the 3rd year of the Neuroscience program can replace Neuroscience 301 with Neuroscience 507.

Note: 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.

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 1.0 FCE 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    
Fall Winter Spring
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 251 or 281 or Applied Mathematics 217 Mathematics 211 or 213 or 249 or 251 or 281 or Applied Mathematics 217  
Neuroscience 201 Philosophy 275 or 279 or Anthropology 201 or Chemistry 201*  
Psychology 200 English  

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

Second Year  
Fall Winter
Biology 311 Biochemistry 393
Chemistry 351 Biology 331
Psychology 312 Option2

Anthropology 201 or 311 or Philosophy 275 or 279

Psychology 312
Psychology 375

Third Year  
Neuroscience 421 Zoology 463
Zoology 461 Neuroscience 401
Psychology 475 Neuroscience 411
Psychology 479 Psychology 478

Anthropology 201 or 311
or Philosophy 275 or 279

Non-science option

Fourth Year  
Neuroscience 500 Neuroscience 500
Neuroscience 511 Neuroscience 521
Neuroscience 541 Neuroscience 531
Option Option
Non-science Option See below3

1Chemistry 201 and 203 are offered both in Fall and Winter terms and students may do them 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.