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Undergraduate Program in Neurosciences

The undergraduate programs in Neurosciences has three main streams of Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, and Pyschology.


Neuroscience is a multidisciplinary science devoted to the understanding of the nervous system. The brain is one of the most complex systems in the universe, and understanding how it functions is among the most challenging questions in science. Scientists are investigating the brain at many levels, from the molecules at synapses to complex forms of behaviour, and use methods of inquiry that are drawn from a number of disciplines, including molecular and cellular biology, physiology, behavioural sciences and cognitive psychology, computer science and artificial intelligence. In addition, scientists are investigating the nervous system of many different animals, from simple invertebrates to humans. These wide-ranging investigations are providing a clearer understanding of how neurons work; how they communicate with one another; how they are organized into local or distributed networks; how the connections between neurons are established and change with experience; how neuronal function is influenced by pharmacological agents, and during disease states. As a result, we are gaining deeper insights into the neural basis of mental activity, as well as developing new therapeutic approaches to alleviate neurological and psychological diseases.  Learn more >

Cognitive Science

Cognitive Science is the multidisciplinary study of cognition in humans and machines. It encompasses the traditional disciplines of psychology, computer science, neuroscience, linguistics and philosophy. The goal of cognitive science is to understand the principles of intelligence with the hope that this will lead to better comprehension of the mind and of learning and to develop intelligent devices that extend human abilities.  Learn more >


Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour. It is both a social and a biological science. As a social science, psychology studies humans in interaction with other members of the same species. As a biological science, it regards human beings as the product of evolution and so emphasizes the biological perspective, comparing and contrasting human behaviour with that of other species.  Learn more >

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Anatomy and cell biology

The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology offers courses that deal with cell biology, histology, embryology, neuroanatomy, and gross anatomy. The Honours Program is designed as the first phase in the training of career cell and molecular biologists. The Major and Liberal programs offer decreasing levels of specialization in Anatomy and Cell Biology but with a broader base in other biological sciences. These programs also form a sound background for graduate studies in Anatomy and Cell Biology, or for further professional training. You may refer to the following link for McGill Medical School Admission Requirements. A BSc in Anatomy and Cell Biology provides an excellent preparation for technical and administrative positions in laboratories of universities, research institutions, hospitals, pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries. 
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Biology is the study of life. Its scope extends from molecules to organisms and ecosystems. It deals with fundamental questions such as the origin and evolution of plants and animals, interactions between living organisms and their environment, mechanisms of embryonic development, the structure and function of the living cell, the molecular basis of inheritance, the biochemical and genetic basis of human diseases, and the operation of the brain and the nervous system. Staff of the Biology Department conduct research and offer teaching programs in all these areas. The Department of Biology's well-equipped teaching and research laboratories are located in the Stewart Biology Building and the Bellini Life Sciences Building. 
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The Department of Microbiology and Immunology offers various undergraduate programs that lead to work in the medical, pharmaceutical or research fields.  A degree in microbiology provides an excellent basis for entering professional and postgraduate programs in biomedical research, education, medicine, dentistry, and the veterinary sciences. 
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Physiology is the branch of the biomedical sciences that deals with the study of how living organisms function. We focus on understanding the nature of the processes that sustain the human body. Physiological research currently active in the department includes studies ranging from molecular and cellular aspects of function, all the way to integrated systems and applications to patients in the clinic, or even astronauts in space! Many of our graduates go into graduate studies, research, medicine, or dentistry, or take further training in another discipline.  A B.Sc. in Physiology is also an excellent stepping stone to employment opportunities in universities, hospitals, government, and industry.  Learn more > and student organization and events >


One of the greatest challenges in the biomedical sciences today is to understand disease processes and to develop new therapies. Pharmacology is the multidisciplinary science that deals with all aspects of drugs and their interactions with living organisms. Thus, it involves the physical and chemical properties of drugs, their biochemical and physiological effects, mechanisms of action, absorption, distribution and elimination from the body, and therapeutic and illicit uses. Pharmacology has developed its own set of principles and methods to study the mode of action of drugs, in addition to utilizing many techniques and approaches from several disciplines, including: biochemistry, physiology, anatomy, and cell and molecular biology.  Learn more >