Why Study Neuroscience at the University of Guelph?
The University of Guelph is a leader in neuroscience, with students learning from experts who regularly contribute to important advancements and discoveries. Our faculty have extensive and wide-ranging expertise, including in neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disease, pain, addictions, stress and trauma, regeneration and repair, and the brain-gut connection.
After building a foundation in the biological sciences in your first two years, you can choose from electives focusing on neurobiology; health and disease; computation, modelling and statistics; and psychology. You can also choose to do research in a neuroscience lab for credit.
Neuroscience at the University of Guelph is available as a major or minor. You can choose to pair Neuroscience with another science, or with a business, arts or social science program. The Bachelor of Arts and Science will let you combine neuroscience with an arts subject, as well.
To see all courses offered in this degree, visit our 2023-2024 Academic Calendar.
Gain Valuable Experience Through Co-op
Neuroscience co-op is a five-year program, which includes four work terms. The co-op program is designed to prepare students for the workforce and provides a toolkit of skills and experience for the future.
Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary program supported by faculty and researchers in four departments: Molecular and Cellular Biology, Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, and Psychology. Learn more about Neuroscience at Guelph.
Study a Rapidly Evolving Field
Neuroscience is a fast-growing and interdisciplinary science that is uncovering the mysteries of how the brain and nervous system function and changing our understanding of animal and human behaviour, cognition, physiology, and health.
Investigate Complexities of the Brain
Learn about the brain and nervous system from molecular, cellular, sensory motor, physiological, and behavioural perspectives and apply these perspectives to contemporary problems in neurological disease, toxicology, motor control, and psychology.
Gain Hands-on Experience
Gain hands-on training in the lab working with professors studying neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders, pain management, biomechanics, addictions, the gut-brain connection, and more. Take advantage of the co-op program for even more real-world experience.
Hear From Neuroscience Students
“Neuroscience at Guelph is unique in the sense that we have so many researchers on campus so it isn’t just learning in class, you can work with professors in their labs. I love that we get to work hands-on. It’s not just listening but also applying what you’ve learned.”
My favourite thing about the Neuroscience program is that it’s interdisciplinary, so we’re approaching the subject in many different ways. We look at psychology, so you take into account the mind and personality, and we also approach it from a clinical perspective, learning about the parts of the brain and what each part does. We take a wide variety of courses, including molecular biology and genetics, cellular biology, statistics, chemistry, so we get a really broad understanding.
What Can You Do with a Degree in Neuroscience?
This major prepares students for professional programs in health science (medical, physiotherapy, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, nursing), post-graduate degrees in neuroscience research, and provides a strong foundation for students wishing to pursue careers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, public health, teaching, and scientific publishing and journalism.
Here are just a few careers our Neuroscience graduates have successfully pursued:
- Behavioural therapist
- Forensic scientist
- Laboratory technician
- Medical researcher
- Occupational therapist
- Physical therapist
- Public health and policy
- Science communications and journalism
- Social worker
- Speech and language therapist
- Registered nurse
Explore Neuroscience Research at the University of Guelph
Throughout the day, we are bombarded by far more visual information than our finite brains can process. Nevertheless, we are able to use this visual information to successfully guide complex behaviours like driving a car, playing a sport, or spotting anomalies on a medical scan. In the Visual Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, our aim is to understand how these impressive abilities are achieved.
The primary goals of the Bent Neurophysiology Lab research program are 1) To understand the individual and integrative roles of somatosensory (both tactile and proprioceptive) and vestibular inputs in successful movement and equilibrium, and 2) To understand how to effectively enhance sensory contributions to improve perception, movement and equilibrium.
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