Applying to the Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience

There are three ways to enter the Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience. How you apply and the requirements for the application depend on your current status.

1) Prospective Students

Students not currently in the faculty of Science at UBC Vancouver need to make an application to UBC Admissions. Find more information here.

2) First Year Science Students

Students who completed their first year at UBC Science and have recently been promoted to second year standing must apply through the faculty of Science Second Year Coordinated Specialization application. Information about the Second Year Coordinated Specialization application can be found on the Science Advising website.

3) Application to Change Specializations to the Neuroscience Program

Students in the faculty of Science at UBC who already have a primary specialization (e.g. major, honours) and are seeking to switch programs into the Neuroscience Major or who have recently been admitted to Science as a transfer student with second year standing may apply using the application detailed below.


This application is for students at in the faculty of Science at UBC. To be eligible to apply you must must already be a student in the Faculty of Science at UBC Vancouver and have second or third year standing.

Please be aware – this application to change specializations will result in entry to Year 2 Neuroscience. You will not have completed sufficient Year 2 Neuroscience courses to be eligible for promotion to Year 3 in the program. It is probable that transferring into Neuroscience will delay your graduation by at least a term, and likely by a year.


One of the following sets of courses is required:

  1. Science One
    1. SCIE 001 or SCIE 010
  2. BSc First Year
    1. One of CHEM 111 or (CHEM 110+115) or CHEM 121 or (CHEM 120+115) AND one of CHEM 113 or CHEM 123 or (CHEM 130+135) or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1
    2. BIOL 112, 121 AND one of BIOL 140 or 180  
      or 8 transfer credits BIOL 1
    3. MATH 100 or 102 or 104 (or 120 or 180 or 184)
    4. PHYS 106 or 117 or 131 

Applicants are encouraged but not required to have completed the following courses:

  1. BIOL 200
  2. CHEM 233
  3. BIOL 201 or BIOC 202
  4. BIOL 234

All prerequisite courses must be completed before applying to the Neuroscience Program. Courses completed after the Winter term ends in April will not be considered in your application.


Applications will be submitted to the Undergraduate Neuroscience Program by webform by May 1. The application is currently not available, but can be previewed here.

Return to this page in April to submit your application.

Decisions will be sent by email by in June.