Location: Life Sciences Centre
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
1355 Oxford Street
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax, NS
B3H 4R2
Telephone: (902) 494-3417
Fax: (902) 494-6585


The last century has witnessed the emergence of a new, interdisciplinary field called Neuroscience. Its primary goal is the understanding of the brain. Neuroscience is a rapidly developing research area which includes all aspects of the structure and function of nervous systems. Neuroscience involves a variety of experimental strategies to understand nervous systems. These include molecular, biochemical, behavioural, anatomical, physiological, and developmental approaches. Although firmly grounded in the natural sciences, the scope of Neuroscience also encompasses fundamentally important philosophical issues, such as the nature of human thought and its mechanism. The programs outlined below represent all of these approaches, with an emphasis on behaviour as the adaptive product of neural activity. Knowledge obtained from research in Neuroscience is applied to a variety of human health problems, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and a variety of drug- or injury-induced behavioural disorders. Research in Neuroscience is also contributing new information related to the major psychiatric disorders, including affective disorders and the schizophrenias.

Degree Programs

The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience offers the following degree programs in Neuroscience:

  • BSc (120 credit hour) Honours (Concentrated)*
  • BSc (120 credit hour) Combined Honours*
  • BSc (120 credit hour) Major*
  • BSc (120 credit hour) Double Major*
  • Minor in Neuroscience

* May be combined with Minor programs from other disciplines (except Psychology).

Departmental requirements for each degree program can be seen by following the links in the menu at the right.

In addition to departmental requirements, students must satisfy the requirements outlined in the Academic Regulations and the College of Arts and Science Degree Requirements sections.

A student is governed by the academic regulations in place at the time of initial enrolment, as long as the degree is completed within the time permitted (10 years). Subsequent changes in regulations shall apply only if the student so elects. Students applying the old academic regulations should consult the calendar of the appropriate year.

Students should plan their programs of study carefully and are strongly encouraged to do so in consultation with a Neuroscience undergraduate academic advisor.