Advising Documents

Major Program Checklist
Major Program Official eCalendar entry

Honours Program Checklist
Honours Program Official eCalendar entry

If differences exist between the program checklist and official calendar entry (hopefully not), the calendar entry is the official document that you must follow.

First Year Registration

Students entering their U1 year in the Neuroscience Program should take the following courses:

Fall Courses:
BIOL 200 Molecular Biology
CHEM 212 Introductory Organic Chemistry 1 *
NSCI 200 Introduction to Neuroscience 1

Winter Courses:
NSCI 201 Introduction to Neuroscience 2

Courses offered in both semesters:
MATH 222 Calculus 3 *
COMP 202 or COMP 204 Foundations of Programming or Programming for Life Sciences
PSYC 305 Statistics for Experimental Design **

In addition, depending on the Stream choice students should take the following courses in their U1 year:

Stream A
BIOL 201 Cell Biology & Metabolism (Winter)
or BIOC 212 Molec Mechanisms of Cell Funct (Winter)
BIOL 202 Basic Genetics (Winter)
CHEM 222 Introductory Organic Chemistry 2 (Offered both semesters)

Stream B
BIOL 201 Cell Biology & Metabolism (Winter)
or BIOC 212 Molec Mechanisms of Cell Funct (Winter)
COMP 206 or COMP 250 Intro to Software Systems or Intro to Computer Science (Both semesters)
MATH 223 Linear Algebra (Both semesters)

Stream C
PSYC 213 Cognition (Winter)

Other courses you might take in U1:
MIMM 214 Introductory Immunology: Elements of Immunity (Winter)
PHGY 210 Mamallian Physiology 2 (Winter)

* Students who have successfully completed an equivalent of CHEM 212 or MATH 222 in CEGEP or elsewhere must replace these credits with a 3-credit elective course to satisfy the total credit requirement for the Neuroscience Major.  Students should consult the CEGEP to McGill equivalence table found on the Student Records website to verify if their CEGEP courses exempt them from these requirements.

** Students who intend on taking PSYC 305 to fulfill the statistics requirement for the program should be aware that it has PSYC 204, MATH 203 or equivalent statistics course as a prerequisite.

First Year Sample Schedule


BIOL 200
CHEM 212
NSCI 200
MATH 203
Elective course


COMP 202
NSCI 201
PSYC 213
PSYC 305
Elective course

Explanatory notes: this sample schedule might suit a student looking to follow Stream C.  If the student was undecided on their stream, or think they might wish to apply for the Honours program after U1, they should probably add BIOL 201 or BIOC 212 to the winter semester (either replacing COMP 202 or the elective course).  MATH 203 is this example is added as a prerequisite for PSYC 305.  It is not part of the Neuroscience major program, and so will count as an elective to your degree.

It is expected that students in their first year of Neuroscience will have electives in their registration: use these to control the difficulty of semesters and also to give a change of pace in your studies.  If one is considering a minor program, you might replace the elective with a course towards the prospective minor.  Elective courses may be any course from the faculty of Science or the faculty of Arts (be aware of prerequisite requirements, however) or may also be a course from other faculties at McGill, but refer to the list of restricted courses.

Also worthwhile to consider: some 400/500 level courses within the program require early planning in order to meet their prerequisites in your U3 year.  Examples include MIMM 414 Advanced Immunology and PSYT 455 Neurochemistry.  Students are advised to look at the upper level courses within the program early to get an idea of what they might like to study and what prerequisites they should plan to take. 

If you see references to PSYC 308, NSCI 201 can be used as a prerequisite instead, if you see references to PHGY 209, NSCI 200 can be used as a prerequisite instead.

If you've put together a schedule and would like feedback, send it by email to the Neuroscience advisor, ryan.bouma [at] (Ryan Bouma).

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