FACULTY OF SCIENCE

PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAMS AND REGULATIONS

The following undergraduate programs are available in the Department.

- Major and Honours in Psychology (B.A. or B.Sc.)
- Major and Honours in Behavioural Neuroscience (B.Sc. only)
- Minor in Psychology (B.A. or B.Sc.)
- Joint Honours in Psychology and Biology (B.Sc. Hons. only)
- Joint Honours in Psychology (Behavioural Neuroscience) and Biology (B.Sc. Hons. only)
- Joint Honours in Psychology (Behavioural Neuroscience) and Biochemistry (B.Sc. Hons. only)
- Joint Honours in Psychology (Behavioural Neuroscience) and Biochemistry (Nutrition) (B.Sc. Hons. only)

Details of the joint honours programs are given under the Degree Regulations of the Faculty of Science.

ADMISSION TO MAJOR AND MINOR PROGRAMS

Admission to the Major and Minor programs in the Department of Psychology is competitive and selective. Students who wish to enter these programs must submit a "Declaration/Change of Academic Program" form to the Psychology Department by June 1 for Fall Semester registration and by October 1 for Winter Semester. To be eligible for admission, students must have completed the 24 credit hours as 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:

a) Psychology 1000, 1001
b) English 1080 and one of 1101, 1102, 1103, or 1110, or equivalents.
c) Mathematics 1000, or 1090 and 1000, or two of 1090, 1050, 1051 (or equivalents).
d) Six credit hours of electives (nine 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. For students who have earned fewer than forty-eight credit hours, academic performance is determined by the average of grades in the Psychology, English, and Mathematics courses specified above. For students who have earned forty-eight credit hours or more, academic performance is determined by the highest of the following: the average of grades in the Psychology, English, and Mathematics courses specified above, cumulative average, or the average of grades in the last ten courses completed. Applicants will be informed in writing whether or not they have been accepted within two weeks after the final date for filing applications.

ADMISSION TO HONOURS PROGRAMS

The Honours programs in the Department of Psychology are designed for students who would like to concentrate their studies or pursue graduate work. Students who wish to be admitted to these programs must submit an "Application for Admission to Honours Program Faculties of Arts or Science" to the Psychology Department by June 1 for Fall semester registration and by October 1 for Winter semester. To be eligible for admission, students must have completed at least eighteen credit hours in courses beyond the 1000 level from the list of courses required for a Major and obtained in these courses a grade of "B" or better, or an average of 75% or higher. Students who fulfill the eligibility requirements compete for a limited number of available spaces. Selection is based on academic performance as determined by the average of grades in the courses identified above; the recommendation of a potential thesis supervisor may also be considered. Applicants will be informed in writing whether or not they have been accepted within two weeks after the final date for submitting applications. In special circumstances, students may be admitted to Honours Programs at times other than June and October.
NOTE: Students are advised to consult the general regulations for Honours in the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Science, as appropriate.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN PSYCHOLOGY

1) Students may Major in Psychology as part of either a B.A. or a B.Sc. program. All Majors are required to complete a minimum of forty-two credit hours of Psychology as listed below:

a) Psychology 1000, 1001, 2900, 2901

b) Eighteen credit hours of laboratory courses chosen from six different areas from the following:
Development: 3050 or 3051
Social: 3160 or 3100
Learning: 2250
Perception: 2360
Cognition: 2450 or 3450
Personality & Abnormal: 2620 or 3650
Physiological: 2850 or 3800
Animal Behaviour: 3750 or 4701

c) Three credit hours of selected topics or 4000-level courses chosen from the following: 4050, 4051, 4150, 4151, 4152, 4250, 4251, 4350, 4351, 4400, 4401,4610, 4620, 4650, 4651, 4750, 4751, 4810, 4850, 4851, 4900, 4901

d) Three other credit hours of Psychology chosen from the laboratory courses listed in Clause (b) and 4000-level courses.

e) Six other credit hours of Psychology courses at the 3000 or 4000 level.

2) Psychology Majors following the B.Sc. program are also required to complete the following:

a) Mathematics 1000 (or equivalent).

b) Biology 1001 and 1002

c) Either Chemistry 1010 and 1011 (or 1050 and 1051); OR Physics 1020 (or 1050) and 1021 (or 1054)

d) Three credit hours of Computer Science (Computer Science 2650 is recommended), and

e) Six credit hours of laboratory courses at the 2000 level or above in one of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics.
NOTE: Biology/Psychology 3750 and Biology/Psychology 4701 cannot be used to satisfy the requirement of six laboratory credit hours at the 2000 level or above in either Biology, Chemistry, or Physics.

3) Psychology Majors following the B.A. program are also required to complete Mathematics 1000 or two of 1090, 1050, 1051 (or equivalents), and are encouraged to complete at least six credit hours in Biology and three credit hours in Computer Science.

REQUIREMENTS FOR HONOURS IN PSYCHOLOGY

1) Honours students in Psychology are required to complete the sixty credit hours of Psychology as listed below:

a) Psychology 1000, 1001, 2900, 2901, 3900, 4910, 499A/B

b) Twenty-four credit hours of laboratory courses chosen from eight different areas from those listed in Clause 1(b) of the requirements for a Major in Psychology

c) Nine credit hours of selected topics or 4000-level courses chosen from those listed in Clause 1(c) of the requirements for a Major in Psychology

d) Three other credit hours of Psychology courses at the 3000 or 4000 level.

2) Honours students must also complete the requirements listed in either Clause 2 or Clause 3, as applicable, of the requirements for a Major in Psychology.

3) Honours students will be required to submit in their graduating year, an undergraduate thesis (Psychology 499A/B) which demonstrates their competence in Experimental Psychology.

4) The attention of prospective Honours students is directed to the Joint Honours program in Biology and Psychology, which may yield better preparation for graduate work in some areas than the Honours program in Psychology alone.

NOTE: Students for the degree of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) may apply through the Head of the Department of Psychology for a waiver of clause 3 (c) of the Regulations for the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Arts.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN BEHAVIOURAL NEUROSCIENCE (B.Sc. ONLY)

A program is offered in the Psychology Department to provide an education in Behavioural Neuroscience. Students wishing to enroll in the program are advised to consult with the Head of the Department at the earliest opportunity. Students who intend to pursue graduate studies should take courses leading to the Honours degree.

The program for a Major in Behavioural Neuroscience shall include:

1)a) Psychology 1000, 1001, 2900, 2901, 2850, 3800
b) One of either Psychology 4850 or 4851
c) Three further credit hours of Psychology courses at the 4000-level.
d) Six credit hours of laboratory courses chosen from two different areas from the following:
- Development: 3050 or 3051
- Social: 3160 or 3100
- Learning: 2250
- Perception: 2360
- Cognition: 2450 or 3450
- Personality & Abnormal: 2620 or 3650
- Animal Behaviour: 3750 or 4701
e) Three other credit hours of Psychology chosen from the laboratory courses listed in Clause (d) and 4000-level courses.

2)a) Mathematics 1000 (or equivalent) and 1001
b) Chemistry 1010 and 1011 (or 1050 and 1051), and 2440 (or 2400/2401)
c) Physics 1020 (or 1050) and 1021 (or 1054).
d) Biology 1001, 1002
e) English 1080 and one of 1101, 1102, 1103, or 1110, or equivalents
f) Three credit hours of Computer Science (Computer Science 2650 is recommended)

3) Eighteen credit hours from the following courses chosen from at least three different sciences:
- Biochemistry: Any 2000-, 3000-, or 4000-level course except 2000, 2010, 2011, 3402, 4302, or 4400.
- Biology: 2060, 2210, 2250, 2900, 3050, 3160, 3202, 3401, 3500, 3530, 3540, 4200, 4241, 4245, 4402
- Chemistry: 2210, 2300 or any 3000 or 4000 level course
- Computer Science: Any 2000, 3000, or 4000 level course except service courses
- Mathematics: 2000, 2001, 2050, 2051 or any 3000 or 4000 level pure or applied mathematics course
- Physics: Any 2000, 3000, or 4000 level course except 2000, 2050, 2151, 3150, 3151

NOTE: The courses listed under Clause 3 may have prerequisites. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all prerequisites have been met, or that waivers have been obtained, before registering for these courses.

REQUIREMENTS FOR HONOURS IN BEHAVIOURAL NEUROSCIENCE (B.Sc. ONLY)

1) Honours students in Behavioural Neuroscience are required to complete the following Psychology Courses: 1000, 1001, 2900, 2901, 3900, 2850, 3800, 4910, 4999A/B, 4850 or 4851; one further 4000-level course; two laboratory courses chosen from two different areas from those listed in Clause 1 (d) of the requirements for a Major in Behavioural Neuroscience.

2) Honours students in Behavioural Neuroscience must also complete the requirements listed in Clauses 2 and 3 of the requirements for a Major in Behavioural Neuroscience.

3) In accordance with Clause 6.i. of the Regulations for the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science, Honours candidates must obtain a grade of "B" or better, OR an average of 75% or higher in all the required courses listed in Clauses 1 and 3 of the requirements for a major in Behavioural Neuroscience and Clause 1 of the requirements for honours in Behavioural Neuroscience, except those at the 1000 level.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN PSYCHOLOGY

Students who Minor in Psychology are required to complete a minimum of twenty-four credit hours of Psychology as follows:

a) Psychology 1000, 1001, 2900
b) Six credit hours of laboratory courses chosen from two different areas from those listed in Clause 1(b) of the requirements for a Major in Psychology
c) Three other credit hours of Psychology chosen from the laboratory courses listed in Clause 1(b) of the requirements for a Major in Psychology and 4000-level courses.
d) Six other credit hours of Psychology.


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