Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Science (2009/2010)
7.10 Psychology

The following undergraduate programs are available in the Department.

  1. Major and Honours in Psychology (B.A. or B.Sc.)

  2. Major and Honours in Behavioural Neuroscience (B.Sc. only)

  3. Minor in Psychology (B.A. or B.Sc.)

  4. Joint Honours in Psychology and Biology (B.Sc. Hons. only)

  5. Joint Honours in Psychology (Behavioural Neuroscience) and Biology (B.Sc. Hons. only)

  6. Joint Honours in Psychology (Behavioural Neuroscience) and Biochemistry (B.Sc. Hons. only)

  7. 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.

Psychology course descriptions are found at the end of the Faculty of Science section under Course Descriptions, Psychology.

7.10.1 Admission to Major Programs

Admission to the Major programs in the Department of Psychology is competitive and selective. Students who wish to enter these programs must submit a completed application 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:

  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.

7.10.2 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 Psychology 2910, 2911, 2520, and 2570 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 in the required courses. 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.

7.10.3 Requirements for a Major in Psychology

Students completing this program cannot receive credit for Psychology 2920.

  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 42 credit hours of Psychology as listed below:

    1. Psychology 1000, 1001, 2520, 2570, 2910, 2911

    2. Twelve credit hours in Psychology chosen from the following: 3050, 3100, 3250, 3350, 3450, 3620, 3650, 3750, 3800 or 3801.

    3. Twelve credit hours of 4000-level courses in Psychology, of which at least one must be a research experience course and one must be a selected topics course.

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

    1. Mathematics 1000 (or equivalent).

    2. Biology 1001 and 1002

    3. Either Chemistry 1010 and 1011 (or 1050 and 1051); OR Physics 1020 (or 1050) and 1021 (or 1051)

    4. 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 6 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 6 credit hours in Biology.

7.10.4 Requirements for Honours in Psychology

Students completing this program cannot receive credit for Psychology 2920.

  1. Honours students in Psychology are required to complete the 60 credit hours of Psychology as listed below:

    1. Psychology 1000, 1001, 2520, 2570, 2910, 2911, 3900, 4910, 499A/B

    2. Eighteen credit hours chosen from the alternatives listed in Clause 1. b. of the requirements for a Major in Psychology

    3. Twelve credit hours of 4000-level courses in Psychology, of which at least one must be a research experience course and one must be a selected topics course.

  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.

7.10.5 Requirements for a Major in Behavioural Neuroscience (B.Sc. Only)

Students completing this program cannot receive credit for Psychology 2920.

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. Psychology 1000, 1001, 2520, 2570, 2910, 2911, 3800, 3801

    2. Six credit hours in Psychology chosen from the following: 3050, 3100, 3250, 3350, 3450, 3620, 3650, 3750.

    3. Six credit hours of 4000 level courses in Psychology, of which one must be a research experience course.

    1. Mathematics 1000 (or equivalent) and 1001

    2. Chemistry 1010 and 1011 (or 1050 and 1051), and 2440 (or 2400/2401)

    3. Physics 1020 (or 1050) and 1021 (or 1051).

    4. Biology 1001 and 1002

    5. English 1080 and one of 1101, 1102, 1103, or 1110, or equivalents

  1. Eighteen credit hours from the following courses chosen from at least two different sciences:

    1. Biochemistry: Any 2000-, 3000-, or 4000-level course except 2000, 2005, 2010, 2011, 3202, 3402, or 4502

    2. Biology: 2060, 2210, 2250, 2900, 3050, 3160, 3202, 3295, 3401, 3500, 3530, 3540, 3750, 4200, 4241, 4245, 4250, 4402, the former 4450, 4601, 4605, 4701, 4900 (see note below)

    3. Chemistry: 2210, 2300 or any 3000 or 4000 level course

    4. Computer Science: Any 2000, 3000, or 4000 level course except 2650 and 2801

    5. Mathematics: 2000, 2050, 2051, 3000, 3001 or any 3000 or 4000 level pure or applied mathematics course

    6. Physics: Any 2000, 3000, or 4000 level course except 2151, 3150, 3151

    Notes:

    1. Credit may not be obtained for both Biology 3750 and either Psychology 3750 or Psychology 4770, or for both Biology 4701 and Psychology 4701.

    2. 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.

7.10.6 Requirements for Honours in Behavioural Neuroscience (B.Sc. Only)

Students completing this program cannot receive credit for Psychology 2920.

  1. Honours students in Behavioural Neuroscience are required to complete the following Psychology courses: 1000, 1001, 2520, 2570, 2910, 2911, 3800, 3801, 3900, 499A/B, two further courses in Psychology chosen from the following: 3050, 3100, 3250, 3350, 3450, 3620, 3650, 3750; two 4000 level courses in Psychology of which one must be a research experience course.

  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. a. 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.

7.10.7 Requirements for a Minor in Psychology

Students who Minor in Psychology are required to complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of Psychology as follows:

  1. Psychology 1000, 1001, 2920

  2. Fifteen other credit hours of Psychology.