Which Neuroscience program is right for you?

The Department of Neuroscience offers four B.Sc. programs, plus a Minor, as listed below. Program requirements and course offerings can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar. Links below will take you to the Undergraduate Admissions page for each program.

For most students, we recommend the Neuroscience and Mental Health program. This is our largest program, and is very popular with students interested in pursing Health- and Life Science careers including research, medicine, pharmaceutical/biotechnology industries, and teaching. Launched in 2012, this new program maximizes the breadth of cutting edge neuroscience courses that are available to you.

Our 4-year Neuroscience and Mental Health programs are amongst the most flexible of all of the Bachelor of Science programs offered by Carleton University, and allow you to tailor your degree to your specific career goals by taking any eligible minor from across the university, within the standard four year degree.

B.Sc. Neuroscience and Mental Health Honours: This is aimed at students interested in pursuing graduate research degrees, and is most clearly characterized by the honours thesis to be completed prior to graduation. In an honours research thesis, students work in the labs of our faculty and colleagues on an advanced research project. The program is 20 credits and is typically completed within 4 years.

B.Sc. Neuroscience and Mental Health Major: This is designed for students interested in maximizing the breadth of their Neuroscience education, and who are not planning on pursuing M.Sc. or Ph.D. graduate level degrees. The program is 20 credits and is typically completed within 4 years.

B.Sc. Neuroscience and Mental Health General: This is designed for students interested in developing a strong understanding in Neuroscience and Mental Health, and who wish to complete their degree in a shorter timeframe. The program is 15 credits and is typically completed within 3 years.

In contrast to our Neuroscience and Mental Health programs, the B.Sc. Neuroscience combined honours program (referred to as B.Sc. Honours Major in Neuroscience on the academic audit and diploma) is offered jointly with the Department of Biology and therefore has a much heavier emphasis on required Biology courses. Students will often be expected to complete their honours thesis through the Department of Biology, as opposed to the Department of Neuroscience. While this program has less flexibility than the Neuroscience and Mental Health program, and may result in students taking fewer Neuroscience courses than the Neuroscience and Mental Health program, it is a great alternative for students wishing to take a program rich in both Neuroscience and Biology.