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Major in Psychology

Overview

The Department of Psychology offers three major programs:

  • B.A. in Psychology
  • B.Sc. in Psychology
  • B.Sc. in Behavioural Neuroscience

The Psychology component of the B.A. and B.Sc. major programs are identical (the Behavioural Neuroscience program is different; see below for details). They are designed to provide broad coverage of the major areas of psychology while allowing flexibility in pursuing particular topics in more detail.

Contents

Admission to the Major
Eligibility
How To Apply
When To Apply
Suggested Courses for B.A. students
Suggested Courses for B.Sc. students
Suggested Courses for Behavioural Neuroscience students

Admission

There will be one intake of Psychology Majors each year.  Admission to the Major program is competitive and selective. Students who would like to be considered for admission must submit a completed application form to the Psychology Department. As noted in the Calendar, applications must be submitted by June 1 to be considered for Fall registration.

Eligibility

To be eligible for admission, students must have completed the 24 credit hours listed below with an average of at least 65% in Psychology 1000/1001 and an overall average of at least 60% in Psychology, English, and Mathematics:

  1. Psychology 1000, 1001
  2. English 1080 and one of 1101, 1102, 1103, or 1110 (or equivalents).
  3. Mathematics 1000, or two of 1090, 1050, 1051 (or equivalents).
  4. Six credit hours of electives (9 if only Mathematics 1000 is completed).

 

Students who fulfil the eligibility requirements compete for a limited number of available spaces. Selection is based on academic performance, normally cumulative average and performance in recent courses.

How To Apply

Students should fill out the on-line application for admission to major form.

When To Apply

Students typically apply after their first year, when they have completed the 24 credit hours list above. The deadline for applying is June 1 for Fall registration.


Suggested Course Sequence for B.A. Students

Students interested in pursuing a B.A. with a major in Psychology should check with the Academic Advising Centre (SN-4053) to determine which electives or Arts requirements best suit their academic program.

Year 1
In the first two semesters, students take Psychology 1000 and 1001 (6 credit hours), as well as the other required courses for admission. Students then apply for admission to one of the Psychology major programs after their first year.

Semester 1 Semester 2
Either Mathematics 1000 or one of
Mathematics 1090, 1050, 1051
One other of Mathematics 1090, 1050, or 1051*
Psychology 1000 Psychology 1001
English 1080 English 1101, 1102, 1103, or 1110
Elective or Arts requirement Elective or Arts requirement
Elective or Arts requirement Elective or Arts requirement

*or Elective or Arts requirement if Mathematics 1000 was taken in Semester 1.

Year 2
In the second year, students take 12 credit hours of psychology: research methods and statistics 2910 (only offered in the Fall semester) and 2911 (only offered in the Winter semester), as well as two foundation courses, one focusing on individual differences (2570) and the other on mind and brain (2520). By the end of the second year, students will have 18 credits completed, with 24 remaining.

Years 3 and 4
There is considerable flexibility in which courses are taken in the third and fourth years. The basic idea is that students will gain knowledge of four major areas of psychology by taking four of the following 10 courses:

3050 Developmental Psychology
3100 Social Psychology
3250 Learning
3350 Perception
3450 Human Cognition
3620 Personality Theory and Research
3650 Abnormal Psychology
3750 Animal Behaviour
3800 Neuroscience
3801 Behavioural Neuroscience

Each of these courses is a prerequisite for a Research Experience course and for one or more Selected Topics courses. Research Experience courses are typically offered in the Winter Semester, while Selected Topics courses are offered in both Fall and Winter.

Students must take four 4000-level courses, at least one of these must be a selected topics course, and at least one must be a research experience course.

Suggested Course Sequence for B.Sc. Students

Students interested in pursuing a B.Sc. with a major in Psychology will usually take the following courses in their first year.

Semester 1 Semester 2
Biology 1001 Biology 1002
Chemistry 1010 (1050)*
or Physics 1020 (1050)**
Chemistry 1011 (1051)
or Physics 1021 (1051)
Mathematics 1090*** Mathematics 1000***
Psychology 1000 Psychology 1001
English 1080 English 1101, 1102, 1103, or 1110

*Students registered in Chemistry 1050 must also be registered in Mathematics 1000 (not 1090).
**Students registered in Physics 1050 must also be registered in Mathematics 1000 (not 1090).
***or Mathematics 1000 (Semester 1) and an elective (Semester 2).

Students should think carefully about whether to take Chemistry 1010 and 1011, Chemistry 1050 and 1051, Physics 1020 and 1021, or Physics 1050 and 1051. In particular, students should examine the prerequisites for other courses to see which courses best suit their interests and program of study. Picking one of these sequences may restrict your options later on.

Year 2
In the second year, students take 12 credit hours of psychology: research methods and statistics (2910 and 2911), as well as two foundation courses, one focusing on individual differences (2570) and the other on mind and brain (2520). By the end of the second year, students will have 18 credits completed, with 24 remaining.

Years 3 and 4
There is considerable flexibility in which courses are taken in the third and fourth years. The basic idea is that students will gain indepth knowledge of four major areas of psychology by taking four of the following 10 courses:

3050 Developmental Psychology
3100 Social Psychology
3250 Learning
3350 Perception
3450 Human Cognition
3620 Personality Theory and Research
3650 Abnormal Psychology
3750 Animal Behaviour
3800 Neuroscience
3801 Behavioural Neuroscience

Each of these courses is a prerequisite for a Research Experience course and for one or more Selected Topics courses. Research Experience courses are typically offered in the Winter Semester, while Selected Topics courses are offered in both Fall and Winter.

Students must take four 4000-level courses, at least one of these must be a selected topics course, and at least one must be a research experience course.

Suggested Course Sequence for Behavioural Neuroscience Students

Students interested in pursuing a B.Sc. with a major in Behavioural Neuroscience are advised to consult with the Assistant Undergraduate Officer at the earliest opportunity. The following courses will usually be taken in the first year.

Semester 1 Semester 2
Biology 1001 Biology 1002
Chemistry 1010 (1050)*
or Physics 1020 (1050)**
Chemistry 1011 (1051)
or Physics 1021 (1051)
Mathematics 1000 (or 1090)*** Mathematics 1001 (or 1000)***
Psychology 1000 Psychology 1001
English 1080 English 1101, 1102, 1103, or 1110

*Students registered in Chemistry 1050 must also be registered in Mathematics 1000 (not 1090).
**Students registered in Physics 1050 must also be registered in Mathematics 1000 (not 1090).
***Students completing Mathematics 1090/1000 will be required to complete Mathematics 1001 as well.

Year 2

In the second year, students take 12 credit hours of psychology: research methods and statistics (2910 and 2911), as well as two foundation courses, one focusing on individual differences (2570) and the other on mind and brain (2520).

Years 3 and 4
Behavioural Neuroscience students must take 3800 Neuroscience and 3801 Behavioural Neuroscience, and then take two of the following 8 courses:

3050 Developmental Psychology
3100 Social Psychology
3250 Learning
3350 Perception
3450 Human Cognition
3620 Personality Theory and Research
3650 Abnormal Psychology
3750 Animal Behaviour

Students must take two 4000-level courses, at least one of which must be a research experience course.

The additional courses are specified in the relevant section of the Calendar.

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