Major in Psychology

A major in Psychology can be completed as a B.A. or a B. Sc.

The Psychology component of the B.A. and B.Sc. major programs are identical.  The programs are designed to provide broad coverage of the major areas of psychology while allowing flexibility in pursuing particular topics in more detail.

Admission
Program Requirements
Course Descriptions
Suggested Course Sequence

Admission

There will be one intake of Psychology Majors each year. Admission to the Major programs is competitive and selective. Students who wish to enter these programs must submit a completed application form by June 1 for Fall semester registration.

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, Critical Reading and Writing, and Mathematics:

  1. Psychology 1000, 1001
  2. Six credit hours in Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) courses, including at least 3 credit hours in English courses.
  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.

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 Students

Year 1

Students interested in pursuing a major in Psychology should follow the Academic Advising Centre suggested first year courses.

Year 2

Science

Fall Semester  

Winter Semester

Psychology 2910Psychology 2911
Psychology 2930 or 2520Psychology 2520 or 2930
Biology, Chemistry or Physics lab course at the 2000 level or aboveBiology, Chemistry or Physics lab course at the 2000 level or above
Note: must be same subject as Fall lab course
Science electiveScience elective
ElectiveElective

Arts

Fall Semester  

Winter Semester

Psychology 2910Psychology 2911
Psychology 2930 or 2520Psychology 2520 or 2930
Minor program courseMinor program course
Breadth of Knowledge courseBreadth of Knowledge course
Breadth of Knowledge courseBreadth of Knowledge course

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 OR 3820 Research Techniques in 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.

Contact

Psychology

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000