Learning to investigate and understanding how the brain and nervous system function.
Neuroscience is a rapidly emerging 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 and health. The Neuroscience major at Guelph will capitalize on our diverse research expertise to explore the nervous system from the molecular & cellular, physiological and behavioural perspectives. Building on a foundation of biological science courses, you will progress through a series of core neuroscience courses that synthesize and apply these perspectives to contemporary problems in neurological disease, toxicology and psychology.
The Neuroscience major at the University of Guelph will capitalize on our diverse research expertise to explore the nervous system from the molecular & cellular, physiological and behavioural perspectives. Building on a foundation of biological science courses, you will progress through a series of core neuroscience courses that synthesize and apply these perspectives to contemporary problems in neurological disease, toxicology and psychology.
Hear about a student's perspective of the University of Guelph's biological science and neuroscience programs:
Explore the brain, the most poorly understood organ in the human body and the source of many disorders and diseases. Study contemporary problems and research tools in neuroscience and further your knowledge of the nervous system. Structure your program with electives to emphasize aspects of molecular/cellular, behavioural and cognitive, and biomedical neuroscience.
This program is also available in a minor option.
- Functional Mammalian Neuroanatomy
- Neurodevelopment and Degenerative Disease
- Techniques in Neuroscience
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- 12U English
- Advanced Functions
- 2 courses from: 12U Biology, Chemistry, Physics
- 2 additional 12U or M courses
All three sciences are recommended
*Please note that admission cut-offs stated above is an approximate based on previous years applicant pool. This cut-off range will vary from year-to-year and can be higher or lower based on the applicant pool. Meeting the minimum average does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admissions averages are calculated using the six required courses.
You can expect to learn how to:
- Critically appraise and debate applications of neuroscience in relation to the ethics of advancing human health and treatment of animals.
- Demonstrate the ability to integrate information across levels of biological organization (from atoms to behaviour) to explain nervous system function.
- Interpret evolution of nervous systems from patterns of diversity and phylogenetic processes.
- Perform and interpret basic neuron and neuron network computer modelling.
- Identify the contribution of technical discoveries in histology, physiology, molecular biology and computer modelling to developments in neuroscience research and its practical applications
The 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 & journalism.
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