Psychology Option

Department of Psychology

General Office: Keirstead Hall, Room 119
Mailing Address: Department of Psychology,
University of New Brunswick,
P.O. Box 4400, Fredericton, N.B.
Canada, E3B 5A3 
Phone: (506) 453-4707
Fax: (506) 447-3063


  • Byers, E. Sandra, BA (Roch), MA, PhD (W Virginia), Prof & Chair - 1978
  • D'Entremont, Barbara, BSc, MSc (Dal), PhD (Qu), Assoc. Prof - 2000
  • Hamilton, Ryan, BA, MSES, PhD (UNB), Asst Prof - 2013
  • Harker, Troy, BSc, MSc (Lethbridge), PhD (Dal), Asst Prof - 2011
  • LaChapelle, Diane, BSC (McM), MA, PhD (Regina) - Assoc Prof - 2002
  • Olthuis, Janine
  • O’Sullivan, Lucia, BA, MA (UNB), PhD (Bowl) Assoc Prof - 2006
  • Perunovic, W. Q. Elaine, BA, PhD (Wat.) Asst Prof - 2007
  • Piercey, Darren, H.B.Sc (Toronto), PhD (Alberta), Assoc Prof - 2001
  • Poulin, Carmen, BA (UNB), MA, PhD (Qu), Prof - 1991
  • Ronis, Scott,(Brandeis), MA, PhD (Missouri), Asst Prof-2009
  • Sears, Heather, BSc (Acad.), MA, PhD (Victoria), Assoc Prof - 1995
  • Stevanovski, Biljana, BA (McM), MA, PhD (Wat), Asst Prof - 2007
  • Voyer, Daniel, BSc, MSc (Montr.), PhD (Wat.), Prof - 2000
General Information

The Department of Psychology offers several undergraduate programs through the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science. Arts students may complete Minors, Majors, Double Majors, Honours, Joint Honours and Specialization in Neuroscience programs. Science students may complete Minors, Majors or Honours in Psychology. Some students may complete degrees in a combined (BASc) program or earn both Arts (BA) and Science (BSc) degrees in a concurrent program. Students in the concurrent program may declare the Major or apply for admission to Honours in Psychology in either Faculty but not both. Students in the combined program may declare the Major (following the Double Major regulations) in Psychology in either Faculty but not both.

Psychology courses generally follow the course numbering system described on page H.1 of the UNB Undergraduate Calendar. The second digit in each course number indicates Teaching Areas within the discipline of psychology. The Areas and the specific course numbers of the courses belonging to each Area are as follows:

0 General 1013 , 1023 , 3033 , 3043 , 3053 , 3063 , 4003 , 4053 ;
1 Research 2103, 2113,  3113 , 3123 , 3151 , 31524110 ;
2 Developmental 2203 , 3213 , 3215 , 3233 , 3243 , 3253 , 3263 , 3273 , 4203 , 4223 ;
3 Clinical 2313 , 3313 , 3315 , 3323 , 3353 , 3373 , 3383 , 4303 ;
4 Personality and Social 2403 , 3403 , 3415 , 3423 , 3433 , 4403 ;
6 Memory, Learning and Cognition 2603 , 2613 ,  3613 , 3623 , 3633 , 3643 , 4603 ;
7 Biological 2703 , 3713 , 3723 , 3733 , 3743 , 3745 , 3753 , 3773 , 3783 , 4713 , 4743 , 4773 .

The third digit in each course number designates the course within the Subject Area. Terminal digits of 3 or 5 indicate the course could be offered in any term. Please note that no more than three of PYSC 3033, PYSC 3043, PSYC 3053, and PSYC 3063 may be counted toward a Major or Honours in Psychology.

Statement on Web Courses

The Department of Psychology offers some online Web Courses to students through the College of Extended Learning. The Department of Psychology has approved these courses as equivalent to regular courses. In the Undergraduate Timetable, the section number for all Web Courses is listed as Open Access Learning.

In exceptional cases Full-time students may be given permission to enroll in Web Courses as part of their regular course load. Current regulations require Web courses taken by Full-time students during the Winter and Fall terms to be approved by the Dean of the faculty offering the course. Web Courses must be on the list of courses approved by the Department as equivalent to existing courses and must include a proctored final exam.

The following Web Courses have been approved by the Department of Psychology as equivalent to regular courses:

PSYC 1013 Introductory Psychology on the WEB-I 3 ch (online)
PSYC 1023 Introductory Psychology on the WEB-II 3 ch (online)
PSYC 2203 Foundations of Developmental Psychology 3 ch (online)
PSYC 2313 Foundations of Clinical Psychology 3 ch (online)
PSYC 2403 Foundations in Social Psychology 3 ch (online)
PSYC 2603 Foundations of Memory and Cognition 3 ch (online)
PSCY 2613 Foundations of Learning
PSYC 2703 Foundations of Biological Psychology 3 ch (online)
PYSC 3213 Language Development
PSYC 3663 Applied Bahviour Analysis
PSYC 3673 Advanced ABA

Majors and Honours

Minimum Academic Standards

Students should note that in the Science Faculty the minimum acceptable grade in a course which is required by a particular program or is used to meet a prerequisite, is a "C". Any student who fails to attain a "C" or better in such a course must repeat the course (at the next regular session) until a grade of "C" or better is attained. Students will not be eligible for graduation until such deficiencies are removed. The only exception will be granted for a single course with a “D” grade that is a normal part of the final year of that program, and is being taken for the first time in the final year.

Students are advised to carefully plan their selection and sequencing of Foundation courses as each course is a prerequisite for higher level courses within the same Teaching Area.

Course selection for each program should conform to the following pattern:

First Year (38 ch minimum)

  1. PSYC 1013 , PSYC 1023 ; BIOL 1001 , BIOL 1006 , BIOL 1012 , BIOL 1017 and MATH 1003 or MATH 1053 , MATH 1013 or 1063 .
  2. Two more term courses of first year science lectures with labs (either Chemistry or Physics).
  3. 6 ch of approved electives.

Second Year

  1. PSYC 2113 , PSYC 2103.
  2. Two term courses of first year science lectures with labs (whichever of Chemistry or Physics not taken in first year).
  3. Two of: PSYC 2603, PSYC 2613, PSYC 2703 and 12 ch chosen from List A. 

Third and Fourth Years

  1. PSYC 4053
  2. Two of: PSYC 2203 , PSYC 2313 , PSYC 2403
  3. 24 ch of Advanced Psychology electives.
  4. 12 ch chosen from List A (6 ch must be at advanced level).
  5. 15 ch of approved electives.

List A: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics.

Minor Program

A Minor will consist of 24ch in Psychology courses and will include the following:

Major Program

Students wishing to Major in Psychology will normally declare their major during their second year after they have seen their Department advisor.

A Major will consist of 51ch in Psychology courses, 60ch in other Science courses, and 21 ch of elective for a total of 132ch.

A Major in Psychology will include the following:

Honours Program

Students wishing to Honour in Psychology will normally apply to the Department in their third year. The Honours Program is designed to provide broad exposure to the discipline and develop research skills appropriate for students wishing to pursue graduate studies in Psychology.

An Honours will consist of 60ch in Psychology courses, 60ch in other Science courses, and 12ch of electives for a total of 132ch. An Honours in Psychology will include the following:

The Honours Thesis: The Honours Thesis will consist of an independent research project, completed in the fourth year, supervised by a Psychology faculty member and discussed in the Honours Thesis Research Seminar. Applicants to the Honours Program should apply by submitting the Honours Program Application Form, normally in the third year of their program, to the Honours Research Coordinator, and are encouraged to approach individual faculty members to find a supervisor. Only students with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.6 in Psychology courses will be considered for the Honours Program. For the award of a first-class Honours degree, an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.76 is required.