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Honours Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (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 II, 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. 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.



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. A thesis is recommended for students who wish to pursue graduate research.
  2. The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour pre-registration ballot will include the thesis courses (PNB 4D06 A/B , PNB 4D09 A/B ), and the Independent Research and Library courses (PNB 3Q03 A/B S , 3QQ3 A/B S , 4Q03 A/B S , 4QQ3 A/B S , 4QQ6 A/B ). 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.


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

Level IV: 30 Units

6 units


  • the Psychology Course List

9 units

15 units

  • Electives (See Program Note 3 above.)

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