McMaster University

Biology and Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour

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Program Information

School:McMaster University
Faculty:Faculty of Science
Degree:Bachelor; Honours
Field of Study:Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Psychology, General
Description:Honours Biology and Psychology is designed for students with broad interests in the biological and neurosciences who want the freedom to choose the best courses from the Department of Biology and the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (PNB). The program is uniquely interdisciplinary. Students can merge leading-edge knowledge from both fields, combining molecular biology, development, or ecology with the latest ideas in cognition, learning, or neurophysiology to gain a truly ?big picture? perspective of the living world. The fourth year research thesis may be taken under the supervision of either a Biology or PNB faculty member. Students can gain exciting hands-on experience in topics as diverse as clinical studies of child development, fieldwork in behavioural ecology, cellular neuroscience, or the molecular biology of social learning and memory. Because the program provides students with an elite double-major honours degree in Biology and PNB, it facilitates access to graduate schools in either discipline and to an array of clinical or professional programs (e.g., law, medicine, dental, clinical psychology), and it opens doors to careers in university or industrial research (e.g., pharmaceutics), genetic counselling, or education.
URL:Biology and Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $7,757
International: $28,505

Cost per year is based on 30 units, and includes the cost of tuition and mandatory supplementary fees.
Scholarships:23
Careers:BiologistsPsychologists

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*85 to 88
Prerequisites:*

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 
  •  Grade12 Biology 
  •  Grade12 Advanced Functions  or  Grade12 Calculus and Vectors 
  •  Grade12 Physics  or  Grade12 Chemistry  or  Grade12 Advanced Functions  or  Grade12 Calculus and Vectors 

Applicants are required to have at least six Grade 12 U/M level courses, including: ENG4U; one of: MHF4U, MCV4U; SBI4U; and one of: MHF4U, MCV4U, SCH4U, SPH4U. Note: Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U) is recommended.

Test Scores:
  • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 85] or Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages: Certificate in Advanced English [min. 176] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 86]

Students who have been asked to meet McMaster's English Language Proficiency requirement must demonstrate English language proficiency by achieving the minimum requirements as specified by McMaster: IELTS: 6.5, CAE: 176, PTE: 60, CAEL: 70, MELAB: 85, TOEFL (iBT): 86

* The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on September 24, 2017