Major in Psychology

Psychology is the study of behaviour and the mind. As a science, psychology employs careful investigation to understand behaviour, thinking and experience. The profession of psychology applies this information to promote human welfare. The combination of writing, research and statistical analysis acquired in a psychology degree is a sound preparation for many careers.

WHAT YOU CAN BECOME Psychology is excellent preparation for careers in business, human resources, administration, advertising, human services, sales and research.

Students pursuing a B.Sc. with a major in psychology will normally take the following courses in first year:

Sample Program

Semester I Semester II
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 in Fall semester and an elective in Winter semester.


1. Admission to the major program is competitive and selective. To be eligible for admission, you must have completed 24 credit hours with an average of at least 65 per cent in Psychology 1000/1001 and an overall average of at least 60 per cent in the following courses:

  • English 1080, 1101 (or equivalent)
  • Mathematics 1000 (or 1090 and 1000). Students pursuing a B.Sc. must complete Mathematics 1000. Students pursuing a B.A. must complete either Mathematics 1000 or two of Mathematics 1090, 1050 or 1051
  • Psychology 1000, 1001

Meeting these minimum criteria does not guarantee admission to the program.

2. Students intending to major in psychology must submit a departmental application form to the Psychology Department by June 1 for the fall semester. The application form is available here.

3. 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.

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