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Hands-on lab experience

By measuring proteins with a western blot test, students like Josh Bowdridge identify infectious agents like Lyme disease that affect the brain and nervous system.


Getting the whole picture

We study the nervous system at the molecular, cellular, and behavioural levels. Courses examine neurodegenerative diseases, the behavioural effects of drugs and more.


Illuminating insights

Using fluorescence microscopes, students learn immunofluorescence: a technique to visualize antibodies and antigens so we can understand neuroinfections better.


Loving the labs

Neuroscience student Marie-Elssa Morency loves to do hands-on work in labs, but also enjoys the engaging lectures neuroscience professors give.


Program snapshot

Top 7 reasons to study Neuroscience at Dalhousie:

  1. One-of-a-kind program: Our department pioneered undergraduate Neuroscience education in Canada.
  2. Faculty: More than a dozen faculty members from around the world contribute to your neuroscience training.
  3. Reputation: Learn from award-winning teachers in one of the best-equipped departments in Canada.
  4. Research: We offer a wide range of opportunities to get involved in neuroscience research.
  5. Focus: Learn about and understand the structure and function of the brain.
  6. Interdisciplinary: Neuroscience integrates psychology, cell biology, genetics, biochemistry, physiology, anatomy, and other branches of the life sciences.
  7. Social and study space: We offer a number of student study space and computer labs, plus active student societies.

What will I learn?


Dal Neuroscience students study the structure and function of the brain and nervous system. They learn how a nervous system functions and what goes wrong in neurodevelopmental, psychiatric, and neurological disorders by combining many life sciences into one integrated discipline.

What can I do?


Many neuroscience graduates pursue work on brain disorders and injuries for government, hospitals, or universities. Neuroscientists also work with computer scientists and engineers, developing smart machines and artificial intelligence.