Psychology and Neuroscience (BSc)

Psychology involves the scientific study of behaviour and experience, including thinking, feeling and action. Neuroscience examines the structures and function of human and animal nervous systems. The Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Psychology and Neuroscience unites these two disciplines to study human behaviour. For example, to understand how the brain coordinates movement; how memories are formed, maintained and retrieved; how animals learn; why some people crave drugs; or how the brain changes as we age.

Apply Your Learning

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you. Volunteer work, campus clubs, leadership programs, studying abroad, work experience – there are so many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world.

Here are just a few examples of the experiences you’ll have access to in the Psychology program:

  • Take the Foundations for Community Engagement and Service course to prepare yourself for Community Service-Learning placements.
  • Apply for co-op at the end of your first year.
  • Participate in the Faculty of Science Residence Learning Community to enhance your academic and social success.
  • Attend the Ontario Psychology Undergraduate Thesis Conference.

Check out the Psychology Experience Guide.

 

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Admissions

Format: full time or part time      Duration: four years     Start: September (fall term)     OUAC code: UPS
Ontario High School Admission Requirements
  • Minimum admission range: mid 70s.
  • Competitive admission range based on last year’s admitted students: mid 80s.
  • English at 60%.
  • Advanced Functions at 60%.
  • Biology each at 60%.
  • All prerequisite courses calculated in admission average.
Canadian Admission Requirements (Outside of Ontario)

Students applying to this program from a Canadian province outside of Ontario are encouraged to review our course equivalents by province chart. This chart will show you what courses from your province are equivalent to the admission requirements listed under Ontario High School Admission Requirements.

International Admission Requirements

Students applying to this program from an international curriculum are encouraged to review our curriculum-specific requirements; you must also meet all program-specific requirements listed under the Ontario High School Admission Requirements section.

English-Proficiency Requirement

Laurier's language of instruction is English, and so we may require you to provide evidence of your English proficiency to help make sure you experience success in your academic courses.

Your three most recent years of full-time education must be in English without taking any ESL (English as a Second Language) courses. If you do not meet this requirement, you must provide evidence of your English proficiency.

We reserve the right to request an English-language test from any applicant.

If you do not meet Laurier's English proficiency requirement but are academically qualified for your program, you may be eligible for a conditional offer of admission.

Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) Program

The Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) program is an academic English program for Laurier applicants who have to prove English proficiency. If you have received an offer to Laurier with a condition to meet our English- proficiency requirement, you can meet that condition by successfully completing the LEAF program.

College Pathways

Completed the first year of a college program:

  • Minimum admission average of 75% for part-time studies in a Bachelor of Science (BSc) program.
  • Minimum admission average of 80% for full-time studies in a BSc program.

Completed a two-year diploma or two years of a three-year advanced diploma:

  • Minimum admission average of 70% for part-time studies in a BSc program.
  • Minimum admission average of 75% for full-time studies in a BSc program.

Completed a two to three-year advanced diploma:

  • Minimum admission average of 75% for full-time studies in a BSc program.
Note: Possession of the minimum admission average does not guarantee admission. Unless otherwise noted, you are considered for admission into full-time studies.
Other Admission Requirements

Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for university students, indigenous applicants, mature learners, homeschooled applicants, senior citizens, refugees, and more. 

Program Options and Courses

Options and Minors

These are a few of the many popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Applied Social Research Option
  • Education Minor
  • Legal Studies Option
  • Management Option

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

Practical Research Experience

In addition to researching human psychology, our researchers work with a wide variety of species (birds, fish, rats and reptiles) to explore how behaviour varies across species.

In upper years, you’ll have the opportunity to become involved in this cutting-edge research – a great way to get real-world research experience.

Sample First-Year Courses

  • Biological Diversity and Evolution
  • Calculus for the Natural Sciences
  • Data Structures I
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry I and II
  • Introduction to Psychology I and II
  • Intro to Calculus for the Natural Sciences
  • Mechanics
  • Mechanics for the Life Sciences
  • Thermodynamics and Waves
  • Thermodynamics and Waves for the Life Sciences
  • Unifying Life Processes

Sample Upper-Year Courses

Course options allow for specialization in specific areas of neuroscience, such as psychopharmacology, computational neuroscience or the biochemistry of behaviour.

  • Close Relationship
  • Introduction to Neuroscience
  • Personality

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Co-op

Co-op is a way to integrate what you are learning in the classroom with practical experience in your field of study. Build your resume, earn money, develop your network, and graduate with work experience.

You can apply for admission to co-op in your first year and may be eligible for an admission interview early in your second year. As a student in this program, you will be eligible to complete paid work terms lasting 12 to 16 weeks.

Interested? Learn more about co-op.

Tuition and Scholarships

Getting a university education is an investment in your future.

At Laurier, we take financial health seriously by providing a wide variety of funding opportunities for you throughout your degree, such as scholarships and bursaries, and by equipping you with the skills to manage your finances effectively in the years to come.

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"I really enjoy the science side of psychology – understanding why the brain functions the way it does and how that controls our everyday behaviours."

Emma Smith, Psychology graduate

"What I enjoyed the most about the Psychology program is how the concepts that were taught were able to be applied in everyday life. You come out of each course knowing a bit more about why people are the way they are, and I think that is a wonderful achievement."

Alexsia Louizos, Psychology graduate

Your Career Awaits

Laurier's Psychology and Neuroscience program is designed to provide you with the analytical skills and information useful for careers in the neurosciences, health and pharmaceutical industry, biomedical sciences, and a variety of other careers.

Here are just some examples of our graduates' destinations. What’s yours?

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • medicine
  • AI and deep learning
  • behavioural genetics
  • human resources
  • neuroscience research
  • psychometrist
  • research associate
  • science teacher
  • speech-language pathology

Explore more careers.

Support After Graduation

Alumni for life means that you have access to Career and Employment Support offered at Laurier for your entire career.

Waterloo Campus

The Waterloo campus is tucked into about one city block, so you’re steps away from your classes, food and your new favourite study spot.

There are many ways to tour our Waterloo campus, whether that's on a guided tour with one of our Laurier student ambassadors, on your own using virtual reality, or even on-demand through one of our pre-recorded tours. See our campus spaces and start to picture yourself at Laurier.

"I enjoyed the incorporation of Community Service-Learning (CSL) courses. These courses allowed me to work with community partners and apply what I was learning in class to a real-life setting. They were also very rewarding experiences on a personal level, and I received amazing references from them."

Emily Weatherhead, Psychology graduate

Interested in More Info?

Email chooselaurier@wlu.ca, call 519.884.0710 x3385 or see all contact information.