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Why do we do what we do? Find out in this nationally recognized program that probes the three areas of BCN (behaviour, cognition and neuroscience) through the study of biology related to the brain and the biological aspects of psychology. If you’re interested in both biology and psychology, this research-based, limited enrolment program with a low faculty-to-student ratio is for you.

Sample Courses: Intro to Psychology as a Behavioural Science, Principles of Neuroscience, Biological Diversity, Human Physiology, Developmental Psychology

Career Tracks: Professional school (medicine, pharmacy, dentistry), audiologist, clinical or research psychologist, neurologist

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada

Course Requirements: Advanced Functions/MHF4U, Chemistry/SCH4U, Biology/SBI4U. English/ENG4U.
Strongly Recommended: Calculus & Vectors/MCV4U
Recommended: Physics/SPH4U
Minimum Average: 70% (70% of attempted science and math courses, excludes Math of Data Management/MDM4U)
Mean Average (Entering Fall 2019): 88%

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

Learn more about Course Equivalencies

  • Co-op Co-op Available
  • G General 3-year program
  • H Honours 4-year program
  • T Thesis Available
  • C Combined Honours programs available

Functional Knowledge

  • Understanding and analyzing how the brain works from the cellular level all the way up to human and animal behaviour
  • Operating advanced scientific laboratory equipment and instruments
  • Formulating, organizing, and maintaining detailed data records; performing statistical analyses
  • Designing experimental studies to accomplish targeted goals or test specific hypotheses
  • Taking careful measurements and recording precise observations using best practices/field techniques
  • Understanding relevant topics in the medical and health sciences with depth and nuance


Number of Graduates (2018)


Employment Rate of Graduates

Employment rate of graduates 2 years following degree completion (OUGS Biological Sciences, 2017)

Jessica Garabon

"The Behaviour, Cognition and Neuroscience program provided me with invaluable academic opportunities. An early integration into research combined with the unremitting support from admirable faculty truly inspired my passion for science and discovery. I have gained so much from this program and will continue to apply my experiences in research and medicine."

Jessica Garabon
BSc (Honours) in Behaviour, Cognition and Neuroscience

Career Tracks*

  • Audiologist
  • Child and Youth Worker
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Clinical Neuroscientist
  • Clinical Research Assistant
  • Community Development Worker
  • Counsellor
  • Dentist
  • Doctor
  • Lab Technician
  • Laboratory Supervisor
  • Lawyer
  • Marine Biologist
  • Medical Director
  • Microbiologist
  • Neurologist
  • Neuroscientist
  • Optometrist
  • Pharmaceutical Salesperson
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Professor
  • Psychiatrist
  • Public Health Educator
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Research Neuroscientist
  • Science Journalist
  • Teacher
  • Toxicologist
  • Veterinarian

* Additional education and/or training required for some of the above careers.

Common sectors for graduates

  • Academia: Advanced research in neuroscience, cognition, animal behaviour, human behaviour
  • Biomedical and biotechnical research
  • Education: Curriculum design, teaching
  • Government: Research and policy development
  • Industry: Consultation, product development/testing
  • Medicine and dentistry
  • Other healthcare professions
  • Psychology practice: Private, healthcare, corrections
  • Social service and community agencies
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