Psychology Option

General Information and Curriculum
The Psychology discipline offers Majors and Honours Bachelor of Science degrees. Course requirements common to the Majors and Honours BSc degree are as follows:

Each degree program requires the equivalent total of 20 full courses and course selection for each program should conform to the following pattern.

First and Second Year   

Third and Fourth Year

  •     PSYC 3913; PSYC 4053
  •     4 1/2 full course equivalents in Psychology .
  •     2 full course equivalents from List A (1 full course equivalent must be from either the third or fourth year).
  •     2 1/2 full course equivalents as electives from either the third or fourth year.

List A:
Biology,
Chemistry,
Computer Science,
Data Analysis,
Geology,
Mathematics,
Physics,
Statistics.

BSc Major Program
A student must successfully complete the equivalent of 20 full courses conforming to the above pattern and all required psychology courses must be passed with at least a C (2.0).

Normally all Psychology courses counted toward the BSc. Major in Psychology degree must have been completed within the 10 years prior to graduation.

BSc Honours Program
An Honours BSc has requirements beyond those outlined above.  Normally all Psychology courses counted toward the BSc Honours in Psychology must have been completed within the 10 years prior to graduation. PSYC 4143, PSYC 4145 must be taken. In addition 27 ch of elective psychology courses must be chosen in the following manner. At least 9 ch must be successfully completed from each of the three groups outlined below:

  1.     Biological/Cognitive Basis of Behaviour: PSYC 3343, PSYC 3383, PSYC 3503, PSYC 3513, PSYC 3603, PSYC 3632, PSYC 3693, PSYC 3711, PSYC 3723, PSYC 3743, PSYC 3752, PSYC 4021, PSYC 4583, PSYC 4693, PSYC 4733, PSYC 4833;
  2.     Social/Personality: PSYC 2201, PSYC 2401, PSYC 3222, PSYC 3232, PSYC 3263, PSYC 3265, PSYC 3293, PSYC 3352, PSYC 3412, PSYC 3453, PSYC 3461PSYC 4463;
  3.     Clinical/Applied: PSYC 3033, PSYC 3313, PSYC 3323, PSYC 3362, PSYC 3393, PSYC 3493, PSYC 3553, PSYC 3724, PSYC 3725, PSYC 3803, PSYC 4213, PSYC 4214, PSYC 4233, PSYC 4493, PSYC 4813.

An Honours student must successfully complete an Honours Thesis (PSYC 4143 and PSYC 4145). This typically requires that a student conceive, plan, perform and report an experiment under the supervision of a Faculty advisor. Normally, the thesis research is completed during the student's final year of study.

Applicants to the Honours program should apply in writing to the Coordinator of the Honours program. To be eligible to apply they must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3 (B+), as well as, a cumulative grade point average of 3.6 in all psychology courses at the 2000, 3000, and 4000 level. Please note that these minimum requirements do not guarantee acceptance in the Honours program; admittance is competitive and students must obtain a faculty member willing to supervise them. As well, space may be limited.

Furthermore, to graduate with an Honours degree in Psychology, an overall cumulative grade-point average of 3.3 (B+) is necessary, as well as, a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 in all required Psychology courses. For a First Class Honours designation, a grade point average of 3.6 is required in such Psychology courses. For an Honours designation, a grade point average of 3.3 is required in such Psychology courses.