Why study Neuroscience at Dal?

Our program was one of the first of its kind in Canada

Neuroscience continues to emerge as an exciting, interdisciplinary area of research. It integrates psychology, cell biology, genetics, biochemistry, physiology, anatomy, and other branches of the life sciences to provide comprehensive insights into the structure and function of the brain. Our neuroscientists work in both academic and clinical (i.e. hospital) settings, providing students with opportunities to participate in research projects in a range of specializations.

If you thrive in a smaller campus environment, consider doing the first year in the Truro Start Program. This program gives you the opportunity to join a small cohort with dedicated resources and support to build a strong foundation in your chosen field before transitioning into your second and final years in Halifax.

Degree overview

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department: Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Campus: Studley Campus, Halifax, Agricultural Campus, Truro
Program Length: 4 years
Program Start: September & January

What will I learn?

When you study Neuroscience at Dalhousie, you’ll study different but related disciplines for an in-depth understanding of the structure and function of the brain and nervous system. You’ll have the opportunity to work in research labs and engage in studies that analyze the brain and its involvement in controlling behaviour.

In your first year of study, you'll take courses that will provide a firm grounding in the physical and biological sciences. In subsequent years, you’ll take more specialized courses in the fields of neuroscience, psychology and biology.

Sample courses:

  • Neuroscience Principles and Methods
  • System Neuroscience
  • Drugs and Behaviour

Visit the Academic Calendar to view degree options and course details.

Careers and future study

The field of neuroscience is highly interdisciplinary and offers a wide range of career options. Many practicing neuroscientists have a medical degree or a PhD, or sometimes both, along with postgraduate experience. Upon graduation you could find yourself in any of the following careers (further education may be required)

  • speech therapist
  • psychiatrist
  • neurologist
  • neurosurgeon
  • community mental health worker

A neuroscience degree offers you the flexibility to pursue graduate studies in a wide range of fields. If you are considering a professional career in neuroscience, you should plan on completing the undergraduate honours degree and continue on to graduate school.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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