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Honours Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour - Music Cognition Specialization (B.Sc.)


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Admission Notes


  1. Completion of CHEM 1A03  and one of BIOPHYS 1S03 , PHYSICS 1A03 , 1C03  is required by the end of Level III, however, at least one of BIOPHYS 1S03 , CHEM 1A03 , PHYSICS 1A03 , 1C03  is required for admission. It is recommended that both CHEM 1A03  and one of BIOPHYS 1S03 , PHYSICS 1A03 , 1C03  be completed in Level I. Concepts from PHYSICS 1CC3  are particularly useful for understanding neuroscience, mathematical modelling, and perception. Students interested in these areas are encouraged to take PHYSICS 1C03  and 1CC3 .
  2. MATH 1B03  and STATS 2D03  are recommended for students intending to pursue graduate work in psychology or neuroscience. MATH 1MP3  or PHYSICS 2G03  is recommended for students interested in neuroscience, cognition and perception, and for students intending to pursue graduate work in psychology.
  3. MUSIC 1A03  or 1AA3  is required for admission, however, both are required for degree completion.
  4. Students who have completed Grade 3 History (History 1) or Grade 5 History (History 3) from the Royal Conservatory of Music, with a grade of at least 70%, are not required to complete MUSIC 1AA3 , and those students who have similarly obtained at least 70% on RCM Grade 4 History (History 2) are not required to complete MUSIC 1A03  either for admission to the Music Cognition Specialization or to fulfill their degree requirements.
  5. Students having completed Grade 4 Theory (Harmony 4) from the Royal Conservatory of Music with a grade of 70% or better can receive advanced credit for MUSIC 1CA3  (Theory & Analysis I).
  6. Either PSYCH 1FF3  or 1XX3  is required for admission, however PSYCH 1XX3  is recommended. Completion of either PSYCH 1F03  or 1X03  is required by the end of Level II but PSYCH 1X03  is recommended in Level I.

Admission


Admission to the program requires Advanced Rudiments (or Grade 2 Rudiments) from the Royal Conservatory of Music (a grade of 80% or above, within the last two years), or a grade of 65% or above on a qualifying music theory exam administered by the School of the Arts (SOTA).

Enrolment in this program is limited and possession of the published minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Selection is based on academic achievement but requires, as a minimum, completion of any Level I program with a Grade Point Average of at least 5.0 including:

Program Notes


  1. Entrance into MUSIC 1CA3  requires Advanced Rudiments (or Grade 2 Rudiments) from the Royal Conservatory of Music (a grade of 80% or above, within the last two years) or a grade of 65% or above on a qualifying music theory exam administered by the School of the Arts (SOTA). Appointments can be made with SOTA to write the exam on specific dates between February and May. The content of the exam is summarized at: https://sota.humanities.mcmaster.ca/.
  2. The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour pre-registration ballot will include the thesis courses (PNB 4D06 A/B , 4D09 A/B ), and the individual study courses (PNB 3Q03 A/B S , 3QQ3 A/B S , 4Q03 A/B S , 4QQ3 A/B S ). Students wishing to take these courses must complete and submit a ballot by mid February. Students will be informed of the outcome by mid March. Specific dates will be announced during the fall term. Ballots can be obtained from the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour web site at http://www.science.mcmaster.ca/pnb/.
  3. PSYCH 3AB3 , 3AC3 , 3AG3 , 3BA3 , 3CB3 , 3CD3  may only be used as electives.
  4. Both MUSIC 1A03  and 1AA3  must be completed for degree completion.
  5. Students are encouraged to complete both PSYCH 3A03  and 3H03  as part of the Psychology Course List requirement.

Requirements


120 units total (Levels I to IV), of which no more than 48 units may be Level I

Level I: 30 Units


30 units


(See Admission above.)

Level II: 30 Units


Level III: 30 Units


3 units


from

  • the Psychology Course List (See Program Note 5 above.)

9-15 units


  • Electives (See Program Notes 3 and 4 above.)

Level IV: 30 Units


6 units


from

  •  the Psychology Course List (See Program Note 5 above.)

9 units


  • 6 units from the Capstone Course List and 3 units from the Psychology Course List

12-15 units


  • Electives (See Program Notes 3 and 4 above.)

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