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University of Calgary Calendar 2022-2023 Faculty of Science 4. Program Details 4.6 Non-Departmental Programs: Data Science, Environmental Science, Nanoscience, Natural Sciences, Neuroscience 4.6.5 Neuroscience 4.6.5.1 Programs in Neuroscience
4.6.5.1 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 transferable post-secondary courses (including University of Calgary courses). To be considered for admission to third year, transfer applicants must have completed 60 units 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 and one of Computer Science 217 or 231 or Data Science 211, or their equivalents, 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 Bachelor's 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 36 units 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 - Biochemistry 341 or 393

12 units - Biology 241, 243, 311 and 331

9 units - Chemistry 351 and one of 201 or 211 and one of 203 or 213

3 units - Computer Science 217 or 231 or Data Science 211

3 units - Mathematics 211 or 213

3 units - One of Mathematics 249 or 265 or 275

21 units - Neuroscience 201, 301, 401, 411, 500, 511

12 units -Neuroscience 474, 475, 477, 478, 479, 521, 531

6 units - Physics 211 or 221, and 223

3 units - Philosophy 275 or 279

12 units - Psychology 200, 300, 301, 375

6 units - Zoology 461 and 463

27 units - Options

Notes:

  • 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 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.
Recommended Program Sequence for the Honours Program in Neuroscience

There is a Recommended Course Sequence for this program. This sequence describes both the recommended order in which courses should be taken and the recommended course(s) in instances where multiple courses may fulfill a degree requirement. All possible courses that may fulfill degree requirements are found in the Required Courses listed above.

Taking courses in the order of the Recommended Course Sequence will ensure students can complete their program in a timely fashion. The time to complete a program may be lengthened if students choose to complete their requirements in an alternate order.

Required Courses - Major Program

The non-Honours, BSc in Neuroscience program is not open for enrolment, but may be awarded in cases where students do not meet requirements for being awarded the BSc (Honours) in Neuroscience.

3 units - Biochemistry 341 or 393

12 units - Biology 241, 243, 311 and 331

9 units - Chemistry 351 and one of 201 or 211 and one of 203 or 213

3 units - Mathematics 211 or 213

3 units - Mathematics 249 or 265 or 275

12 units - Neuroscience 201, 301, 401, 411

9 units - Neuroscience 474, 475, 477, 478, 479, 521, 531

6 units - Physics 211 or 221, and 223

3 units - Philosophy 275 or 279

12 units - Psychology 200 or 205, 300, 301, 375

6 units - Zoology 461 and 463

42 units - Options