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Program Details

Neuroscience is a new, exciting, and rapidly expanding scientific discipline that aims to understand how physical processes in our brains underlie complex functions such as movement, sensation, memory, emotion, consciousness and thought. Faculty and students in Neuroscience are particularly interested in how diseases that affect the brain lead to mental health problems, with the focus of our research including depression, Parkinson’s disease, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease and concussion. Our research, like our academic programs, integrates information from many disciplines including medicine, molecular biology, psychology, immunology, genetics, chemistry and epidemiology.

Neuroscience and Mental Health is Canada’s first undergraduate degree program to be run by a Neuroscience Department. The program offers flexibility of course selection for students, including opportunities for students to pursue a wide range of minors.

Neuroscience and Mental Health can be taken as an Honours, Major, General or Minor program. Neuroscience (Combined Honours) is also available for students wanting more emphasis on advanced biology courses.

What students are saying about Neuroscience and Mental Health


Studying neuroscience at Carleton University has been a unique and rewarding challenge. Small class sizes allow for discussion and debate of current issues in the field and plenty of one-on-one time with the dedicated and talented faculty. The program offers a wide selection of courses delving into all areas in the field: genetics, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology and psychology. For undergraduate students looking to pursue graduate work, Carleton has a state-of-the-art research facility which is always open to volunteers and new students. This program and the research I have conducted at Carleton have been a life changing and fulfilling experience!
Sarah Peters, Neuroscience student