Current Students

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for PHYSL 212/214? Do I need CHEM 102 and BIOL 108 as prerequisites?

Honors neuroscience students can register for PHYSL 212 and 214 in person at the Department of Physiology office (7-55 Medical Sciences Building). Our students do NOT require CHEM 102 and BIOL 108 as prerequisites for these courses.


Can I take PHYSL 210 instead of 212/214?

Students who register in neuroscience in their first year of university must take PHSYL 212/214. Students who transfer into neuroscience after their second year of study may take PHYSL 210 to meet the PHYSL 212/214 requirement as they would be ineligible to take PHSYL 212/214.


How do I register for NEURO courses?

Most NEURO courses have online registration through BearTracks, though some require departmental consent:

NEURO 210 - online, delayed registration for students not registered in Honours Neuroscience

NEURO 375 - online – Once the course is full, e-mail for registration

NEURO 410 - online

NEURO 443 - online 

NEURO 450/451/452/498/499 - Please the course listings for instructions

NEURO 472 - online

NEURO 496 - online


Can I take spring and summer courses?

While courses can be taken in spring and summer, they will not count towards GPA or course load calculations (i.e. *30 and a 3.3 GPA are still required in the Fall/Winter term) required for admission or continuation in the program.


What can I do with an Honors Neuroscience BSc?

The majority of students are interested in professional programs, typically medical school or graduate studies. The program is catered to these students but provides a solid scientific education that can lead to any number of careers.


Can I take a science course that isn’t listed as an approved option?

Courses not listed as approved options in the University Calendar may be used as science options with prior approval from the honors program co-ordinators (


Can I take less than five courses (*15) per term or *30 per year?

A full course load in all years is required* to enter and stay in the program. This consists of 10 courses (*30) in the Fall/Winter term. It is recommended that students split the courses evenly between terms, though other combinations are permitted (e.g. 4 courses in Fall, 6 courses in Winter).

*Applicants to the program may still be granted discretionary admission with one year below course load criteria as long as it is not the most recent. Contact for more information.


How do I apply?

Applications to the Faculty of Science Undergraduate Honors Neuroscience program can be completed online through the Registrar’s Office. More information on application procedures can be found on the Faculty of Science website.  


What is a progress report? Why is it necessary?

All Honors in Neuroscience students must meet on a yearly basis with the honors program co-ordinator ( At this meeting, a progress report that catalogs completed courses will be completed and course plans for the upcoming academic year will be approved by the co-ordinator. While it is ultimately the students’ responsibility to ensure their course plan meets program requirements, meeting with the co-ordinator will help any identify any issues before they interfere with graduation or continuation in the program.


Can I take CHEM 164 instead of CHEM 263?

Honors in Neuroscience students must complete CHEM 263. CHEM 164 will be considered equivalent for students who transfer into the program. Please note that students must not take more than *42 in junior (100-level) courses.


Why can’t I register for PSYCO 475?

Neuroscience students are not eligible to register until May as the Department of Psychology gives first registration rights to students in their programs. While there have not been past issues ensuring neuroscience students are admitting into these required courses, please ensure to register once eligible.


I took SCIENCE 100 in first year. Can I transfer into Honors in Neuroscience?

Yes. Credit in SCI 100 will be considered equivalent to BIOL 107, 108; CHEM 101, 164; MATH 114, 115; PHYS 144, 146; PSYCO 104 (plus WRS 103 that is also taken during SCI 100). In the second year of neuroscience, student will take *3 ENGL 1XX in place of one *3 science option.