Minor in Neuroscience

The Minor is composed of 25 credits, 13 required credits of required courses and 12 credits of complementary courses. A maximum of 6 credits can be counted both for the student's primary program and for the Minor in Neuroscience, where appropriate.

A full list of courses in the program can be found in the eCalendar:

Neuroscience Minor program entry

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Minor Neuroscience(25 Credits)

    Offered by:Science
    Degree:Bachelor of Science

Program Requirement:

“Please note: this Minor is only available to students studying in the faculty of Science.”

This Minor is intended to provide students with a basic understanding of how the nervous system functions. The Minor is composed of 24-25 credits: 9 required and 15-16 complementary. For the 15-16 complementary credits, at least 12-13 must be from outside the student's home department and at least 6 of the 12-13 must be at the 400 or 500 level.

Required Courses (9 credits)


  • BIOL 200 Molecular Biology 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • NSCI 200 Intro. to Neuroscience 1 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • NSCI 201 Intro. to Neuroscience 2 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer


0-10 credits from the following list of 200- and 300-level courses:

* Students may select ANAT 212 or BIOC 212 or BIOL 201.

** Students may select either BIOL 306 or PHGY 314.

Note 2: Since CHEM 212 is a prerequisite/corequisite for NSCI 200 and BIOL 200, students must take CHEM 212 if they have not yet done so.


  • ANAT 212 Molec Mechanisms of Cell Funct 3 Credits*
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • BIOC 212 Molec Mechanisms of Cell Funct 3 Credits*
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • BIOL 201 Cell Biology & Metabolism 3 Credits*
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • BIOL 202 Basic Genetics 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • BIOL 300 Molecular Biology of the Gene 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • BIOL 306 Neural Basis of Behaviour 3 Credits**
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • BIOL 320 Evolution of Brain & Behaviour 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • BIOL 389 Laboratory in Neurobiology 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • CHEM 212 Intro Organic Chemistry 1 4 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • LING 390 Neuroscience of Language 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • NEUR 310 Cellular Neurobiology 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • PHGY 311 Channels, Synapses & Hormones 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • PHGY 314 Integrative Neuroscience 3 Credits**
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • PSYC 302 The Psychology of Pain 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • PSYC 311 Human Cognition and the Brain 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • PSYC 315 Computational Psychology 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • PSYC 317 Genes and Behaviour 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • PSYC 318 Behavioural Neuroscience 2 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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  • PSYC 342 Hormones & Behaviour 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer


6-15 credits from the following list of 400- and 500-level courses:

*** Students may select either BIOL 514 or PSYC 514.


  • BIOL 530 Advances in Neuroethology 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • BIOL 532 Developmental Neurobiology Sem 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • BIOL 580 Genet Approaches to Neur Syst 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • BIOL 588 Advances in Mol/Cell Neurobiol 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • NEUR 502 Bas&Clin Aspects of Neuroimmu 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • PHGY 425 Analyzing Physiological Sys. 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • PHGY 451 Advanced Neurophysiology 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • PHGY 520 Ion Channels 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • PHGY 524 Chronobiology 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • PHGY 556 Topics in Systems Neuroscience 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • PSYC 410 Sp Topics in Neuropsychology 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • PSYC 427 Sensorimotor Neuroscience 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • PSYC 433 Cognitive Science 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
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  • PSYC 444 Sleep Mechanisms and Behaviour 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • PSYC 470 Memory and Brain 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • PSYC 501 Auditory Perception 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • PSYC 506 Cognitive Neuroscience of Attn 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • PSYC 514 Neurobiology of Memory 3 Credits***
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • PSYC 522 Neurochemistry and Behaviour 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • PSYC 526 Advances in Visual Perception 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • PSYT 455 Neurochemistry 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • PSYT 500 Adv: Neur of Mtl Disorders 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • PSYT 505 Neurobiology of Schizophrenia 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer


All course selections for the Minor in Neuroscience must be approved by an adviser. Contact ryan.bouma [at] mcgill.ca (Ryan Bouma), Interdisciplinary Programs Advisor, Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA).

A note for students in Life Science majors that require PHGY 209 (Physiology, Anatomy, etc) who intend to follow the Neuroscience Minor:

  • students in the faculty of Science who are following a 24 credit minor may overlap up to 6 credits between their Major and their Minor programs.  PHGY 209 is equivalent to NSCI 200, and is acceptable as a replacement course for NSCI 200 in the Neuroscience minor.  If you are in a major program that requires BIOL 200 and PHGY 209, these two courses are normally used as the two overlapping courses between your major and your minor, with PHGY 209 replacing NSCI 200 in the Neuroscience minor.
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