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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 2024-2025 Academic Calendar.

What is Neuroscience?

Neuroscience is the scientific study of the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous systems. Are you interested in learning more about our understanding of human and animal health behaviour, brain disorders, and neurological disease?

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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

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.

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 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.

Ridhi Dhodra
The NEUR program at U of G has been pivotal in my personal and academic development. Courses like Behavioral Neuroscience II, where I handled a sheep's brain, and Functional Mammalian Neuroanatomy, with its in-depth study of human structures, offered invaluable hands-on experiences. As an international student at U of G, I initially faced challenges adjusting to life in Canada. However, the university's robust support system, including counselling services and health resources, helped ease this transition. Overall, the program's unique blend of theory and practical application, combined with the university's wealth of resources, has equipped me with confidence, problem-solving skills, and the ability to present myself professionally.

Ridhi Dhodra, Undergraduate Student

Coleman Olenick
The Neuroscience program was flexible enough to give me the opportunity to acquire statistics and data analysis skills. These skills were pivotal in getting research experience and have kept a lot of career doors open. I leveraged my statistics experience to work in a lab in my 3rd year which led to a 4th year thesis project and eventually graduate school working with the same professor.

Coleman Olenick, Alumni
Neuroscience (BSc '23)

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
  • Biotechnology
  • Forensic scientist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Lawyer
  • Medical researcher
  • Neuroengineer
  • Neuroethicist
  • Neuromarketer
  • Neuroscientist
  • Nurse
  • Occupational therapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical therapist
  • Physician
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Public health and policy
  • Science communications and journalism
  • Social worker
  • Speech and language therapist
  • Teacher
  • Registered nurse
  • Veterinarian
Naseem Al-Aidroos
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. 

Dr. Naseem Al-Aidroos, Faculty

Visual Cognitive Neuroscience Lab

Leah Bent
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.

Dr. Leah Bent, Faculty

Bent Neurophysiology Lab

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