Jan 20, 2020  
Undergraduate Calendar 2019-2020 
    
Undergraduate Calendar 2019-2020

Honours Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (B.A.)


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Admission


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; a grade of at least B- in PSYCH 1FF3  or 1XX3  (See Note 8 below); credit in one of BIOLOGY 1A03 , 1M03 , 1P03  or Grade 12 Biology U (See Note 9 below); and credit in one of MATH 1A03 1LS3  or 1M03  (See Notes 2 and 3 below).

Notes


  1. Application for admission must be made by April 1. See Admission to Level II Programs in Academic Regulations in this section of the Calendar.
  2. Students with Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors U must take one of MATH 1A03 , 1LS3  or 1M03 . Students with Grade 12 Advanced Functions U must complete MATH 1F03  prior to completing one of MATH 1A03 , 1LS3  or 1M03 . Students with Grade 11 Math must first take MATH 1K03 . Students who obtain at least a B- in MATH 1K03 , may then take MATH 1M03 . Students who obtain less than B- in MATH 1K03  must take MATH 1F03  prior to taking one of MATH 1A03 , 1LS3  or 1M03 .
  3. Students wishing to take more advanced MATH courses are required to have at least a B- in MATH 1M03  or credit in MATH 1A03  or 1LS3 .
  4. Students considering applying to graduate school should complete a course with a strong research component such as PNB 3QQ3 A/B S , 4QQ3 A/B S , 4D06 A/B , 4D09 A/B .
  5. MATH 1B03 - Linear Algebra I  and STATS 2D03 - Introduction to Probability  are recommended for students intending to pursue graduate work in psychology or neuroscience. PHYSICS 2G03 - Scientific Computing  is recommended for students interested in neuroscience, cognition and perception, and for students intending to pursue graduate work in psychology.
  6. PSYCH 3AB3 , 3AC3 , 3AG3 , 3BA3 , 3CB3 , 3CD3  may only be used as electives.
  7. 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 of the first phase by mid March. Specific dates will be announced during the fall term. Ballots can be obtained on the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour web site at: http://pnb.mcmaster.ca/.
  8. Either PSYCH 1FF3  or 1XX3  is required for Admission but PSYCH 1XX3  is recommended. Completion of one of PSYCH 1F03  or 1X03  is required by the end of Level II but PSYCH 1X03  is recommended in Level I.
  9. It is recommended that students take BIOLOGY 1M03  in Level I, and BIOLOGY 1A03  in Level II.

Requirements


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

Level I


30 units


  • (See Admission above)

Level II: 30 Units


Level III: 30 Units


9 units


from

  • Course List 3

15 units


Electives

  • (See Notes 5 and 6 above)

Level IV: 30 Units


6 units


from

  • Course List 3

9 units


15 units


Electives

  • (See Notes 5 and 6 above)

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