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Neuroscience Major


Admission Requirements

Investigating the Science of the Mind

 Study a Rapidly Evolving Field

Neuroscience is a rapidly emerging and interdisciplinary science that is uncovering the mysteries of how the brain and nervous system function, changing our understanding of animal and human behaviour, cognition and health.

 Understand Contemporary Brain Issues

Your studies involve a series of core neuroscience courses that synthesize and apply perspectives to contemporary problems in neurological disease, toxicology and psychology.

 Gain Hands-on Experience

Participate in research projects with professors to gain additional hands-on training for a career in this exciting field.

Why Neuroscience?

What makes the human brain tick?

The brain is one of the most complex and important organs in the human body, yet one of the most poorly understood. The Neuroscience major empowers students to learn the complexities and nuances of the nervous system and the human mind, from molecular and cellular, physiological and behavioural perspectives.

Students in the Neuroscience (NEUR) program at the University of Guelph might also be interested in studying Psychology, Human Kinetics, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Nutritional and Nutraceutical Sciences, Biological and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Biomedical Toxicology, or select from our other majors.

What You Will Learn

Semester 1
  • Biological Concepts of Health
  • General Chemistry I
  • Elements of Calculus I
  • Physics for Life Sciences
Semester 2
  • Discovering Biodiversity
  • Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • General Chemistry II
  • Physics for Life Sciences II
  • Introduction to Psychology

Semester 3
  • Introduction to Biochemistry
  • Foundations in Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Foundations in Neuroscience
  • Statistics I or Making Sense of Data in Psychological Research
Semester 4
  • Molecular Biology of the Cell
  • Biophysics of Excitable Cells
  • Behavioural Neuroscience II

Semester 5
  • Functional Mammalian Neuroanatomy
  • Molecular Mechanisms of Neurological Disorders
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
Semester 6
  • Principles of Pharmacology
  • Techniques in Neuroscience

Semester 7
  • Current Issues in Neuroscience
  • Neuropharmacology
Semester 8
  • electives or restricted electives


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