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Behavioural Neuroscience

Seek to understand the nature of individuals and why they behave the way that they do.

Behavioural Neuroscience prepares students interested in studying human behaviour with neurobiological perspectives.

Emphasis on a broad range of topics, from understanding behaviour to the complex molecular biology of the junctions between nerves and muscles. The courses required in this program correspond with admission requirements to medical schools and biomedical and psychology graduate programs.

Academic Advisor

Blake Dotta

Telephone: 705-675-4824


Office: Science Building, S126

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Delivery Method: On campus
Program Language: English

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Ontario High School Applicants

Program Prerequisites:

  • 1 grade 12 English U/M course; 1 grade 12 4U Advanced Functions; 2 grade 12 U Science courses or 1 Science + 1 Math; 2 other grade 12 U/M courses
  • A minimum overall average of 70% in the 6 best grade 12 U/M courses

Additional information for applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses.

Additional information for applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate.


Applicants from outside an Ontario High School 

International Students

Canadian High School Applicants from outside Ontario

Applicants from Colleges

Applicants from other Universities

Mature Students

International Applicants

International students will use the undergraduate application form linked below. International students will need to fill out the international application form. International students should disregard the information below and follow the link for specific instructions.

How To Complete An International Application

How to Apply

1. Know what type of OUAC application you will need to complete

The Ontario Universities Application Center (OUAC) processes applications for admission to Laurentian University. International students will need to fill out the international application form

Ontario Highschool Students

If you are currently attending an Ontario high school, you will be required to use the 101 Application.

How To Complete A 101 Application
Other Undergraduate Applicants

Out of province applicants,mature students, and college and university transfers will complete the 105 Application.

How To Complete A 105 Application

2. Review your program entry requirements carefully

Ensure that you meet the prerequisites for each program that you are applying to. This information is covered under the Admissions Requirements section on our programs page. For example the Architecture program, at the undergraduate level requires a Portfolio submission. Please review the Admission Requirements section for your program page before you apply.

3. Login to the OUAC website and complete your application

Ontario Highschool Students (101 Applicants)

You will require a PIN from your school guidance team to access and complete the application. Go to the 101 Login Portal link and use your PIN to create a new account. Once completed, please follow the 101 Application Guide to complete your application.

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Other Undergraduate Applicants (105 Applicants)

Out of province applicants, mature students, and college and university transfers will complete the 105 application. You can learn more here 105 Application Guide. Follow this link to the 105 Portal and create a new account.

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For Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Behavioural Neuroscience

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.


Specialization in Behavioural Neuroscience

First Year

BIOL 1506E     Biology I

BIOL 1507E     Biology II

CHMI 1006E     General Chemistry I#

CHMI 1007E     General Chemistry II

PHYS 1006E     Introductory Physics I

     OR  PHYS 1206E     Physics for the Life Science I

PHYS 1007E    Introductory Physics II

     OR  PHYS 1207E     Physics for the Life Science II

PSYC 1105E     Introduction to Psychology

6 credits in MATH or COSC

#             Students lacking grade 12 4U Chemistry must first take CHMI 1041.


Second and Third Years

CHMI 2227E     Biochemistry I

CHMI 2426E     Organic Chemistry I

CHMI 2427E     Organic Chemistry II

CHMI 3226E     Biochemistry II

BIOL 3327E     Experimental Methods in Biology

NSCI/PSYC 2606E     Brain and Behaviour

NSCI/PSYC 2617E     Human Neuropsychology

NSCI/PSYC 3506E     Neuropharmacology

NSCI/PSYC 3507E     Behavioural Neurobiology

STAT 2126E     Introduction to Statistics

CHMI 4297E     Biochemistry of the Immune System

3 PSYC credits at the 2000 or 3000 level

6 BIOL credits from the following:

     BIOL 2007E     Genetics

     BIOL 2026E     Introduction to Microbiology

     BIOL 3026E     Applied and Environmental Microbiology

     BIOL 3726E     Animal Histology

     BIOL 3756E     Vertebrate Physiology

     BIOL 4797E     Environmental Physiology

12 upper year BIOL credits, at least 6 of which must be at the 3000 or 4000 level

6 elective credits in the sciences in subjects other than BIOL and CHMI


Fourth Year

CHMI 3217E     Biochemistry of Nucleic Acids

     OR  CHMI 4217E     Biomembranes, Structure and Function

BIOL 4035E     Research and Seminar

NSCI/PSYC 4706E     Advanced Neuroanatomy

NSCI/PSYC 4907E     Current Developments in the Neurosciences

PSYC 3256E     Design and Analysis I

     OR  3 CHMI credits at the 3000 or 4000 level

6 credits from the following:

     BIOL 4717E     Animal Behaviour

     PSYC 4206E     Adolescent and Adult Clinical Psychology

     PSYC 4207E     Clinical Child Psychology

     NSCI/PSYC 4707E     Behaviour and the Electromagnetic Chemical Basis of Behaviour

6 elective credits


Note:    Students may not exceed 48 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

BIOL-1506EL - Biology I BIOL-1507EL - Biology II CHMI-1006EL - General Chemistry I CHMI-1007EL - General Chemistry II PHYS-1006EL - Introductory Physics I PHYS-1007EL - Introductory Physics II PHYS-1206EL - Physics for the Life Sciences I PHYS-1207EL - Physics for the Life Sciences II PSYC-1105EL - Introduction to Psychology BIOL-2007EL - Genetics BIOL-2026EL - Introduction to Microbiology CHMI-2227EL - Biochemistry I CHMI-2426EL - Organic Chemistry I CHMI-2427EL - Organic Chemistry II STAT-2126EL - Introduction to Statistics PSYC-2127EL - Scientific Method and Analysis II PSYC-2606EL - Brain and Behaviour
PSYC-2617EL - Human Neuropsychology BIOL-3026EL - Applied and Environmental Microbiology BIOL-3726EL - Animal Histology BIOL-3756EL - Vertebrate Physiology CHMI-3217EL - Biochemistry of Nucleic Acids CHMI-3226EL - Biochemistry II PSYC-3256EL - Design and Analysis I PSYC-3506EL - Neuropharmacology PSYC-3507EL - Behavioural Neurobiology BIOL-4717EL - Animal Behaviour BIOL-4797EL - Environmental Physiology CHMI-4217EL - Biomembranes CHMI-4297EL - Biochemistry-Immune System PSYC-4104EL - Student's Investigation PSYC-4706EL - Advanced Neuroanatomy PSYC-4707EL - Behaviour and the Electromagnetic Chemical Basis of Behaviour PSYC-4907EL - Current Developments in the Neurosciences

List of Faculty Members

Yves Alarie

Yves Alarie

School of Natural Sciences
John Gunn

John Gunn

School of Natural Sciences
Rizwan Haq

Rizwan Haq

Department of Physics
Robert Leclair

Robert Leclair

School of Natural Sciences
Leo Leduc

Leo Leduc

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Architecture
Jacqueline Litzgus

Jacqueline Litzgus

School of Natural Sciences
Mery Martinez Garcia

Mery Martinez Garcia

School of Natural Sciences
Kabwe Nkongolo

Kabwe Nkongolo

School of Natural Sciences
Jean-Francois Robitaille

Jean-Francois Robitaille

School of Natural Sciences
Peter Ryser

Peter Ryser

School of Natural Sciences
Albrecht Schulte-Hostedde

Albrecht Schulte-Hostedde

School of Natural Sciences