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Psychology

The Department of Psychology offers programs of study that lead to the Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Science.

The Department also collaborates with Cognitive Systems, Linguistics (Speech Sciences), and Women's and Gender Studies.

For information on the Bachelor of Science, see the Faculty of Science.

For information on advanced degrees, see graduate Psychology.

Visit the Course Schedule for details on current offerings.

Major in Psychology

Students are reminded that the Faculty of Arts requires at least 60 credits outside the Major for the Bachelor of Arts, and that the Department of Psychology requires at least 30 senior-level Psychology credits for the Psychology Major, and at least 48 senior-level Psychology credits for the Honours program. PSYC 340, 348, 440, or 448 may not be included for the minimum 30 Psychology credits required for the Major Program.

Students who are contemplating graduate studies or other research activities in psychology should consider taking PSYC 359 in addition to the above minimum requirements for the Bachelor of Arts.

Students may declare their Major in Psychology upon attaining second year status (completion of 27 credits). Students must be declared Psychology Majors in order to take PSYC 217 and 218, which are required for the Major. Arts students who have declared majors in either Cognitive Systems or Speech Sciences are also eligible to take PSYC 217 and 218.

Lower Level Requirements

Students must complete:

  • either PSYC 100 or PSYC 101 and PSYC 102
  • PSYC 217 and 218

Upper Level Requirements

Students must take a minimum of 30 credits in 300- or 400-level courses including:

1. At least 6 credits from one of the following two lists:

  • Behavioural Neuroscience: PSYC 301, 304, 306, 360, 361, 363, 364, 460, 461, 462, 466
  • Cognitive Science: PSYC 309, 321, 333, 334, 335, 336, 337, 365, 367, 368, 409, 463

2. At least 6 credits from each of two of the following four lists:

  • Clinical/Health: PSYC 300, 311, 314, 331, 350, 400, 401, 402, 420, 469
  • Developmental: PSYC 302, 315, 319, 320, 322, 325, 412, 413, 414
  • Foundations/Psychometrics: PSYC 303, 312, 359
  • Personality/Social: PSYC 305, 307, 308, 358, 403, 404, 407, 408, 415, 418

All students are encouraged to include fourth-year courses in their programs to provide greater depth of understanding.

Honours in Psychology (B.A.)

The Honours program is designed to provide intensive and extensive preparation in psychology for outstanding students who intend to pursue graduate studies in Psychology.

Admission to the Honours program requires at least a 76% average in the second year and at least 80% in PSYC 217 and 218. Students failing to meet either of these criteria may petition for admittance into the program. All students enrolling in the Honours program must consult with the chair of the departmental Honours committee.

Graduation in the Honours program requires:

  • a minimum of 120 total credits including 48 credits of Psychology courses numbered 300 or above, including several specified courses that are listed below, but no more than 6 credits total for PSYC 340, 348, 440, or 448
  • an average of at least 76% in the final 60 credits of study
  • an average of at least 80% in at least 12 credits of Psychology courses numbered 300 or above

First and Second Years

Students must complete:

  • either PSYC 100 or 101 and 102
  • PSYC 217 and 218
  • BIOL 121 or BIOL 344

Third and Fourth Years

Students must complete:

  • a minimum of 30 credits taken concurrently in third year, including PSYC 312, 349, and 359
  • a minimum of 30 credits taken concurrently in fourth year, including PSYC 449
  • no more than 6 credits total from PSYC 340, 348, 440, 448
  • at least 6 credits from four of the five content areas listed below

at least 12 credits from:

  • Behavioural Neuroscience: PSYC 301, 304, 306, 360, 361, 363, 364, 460, 461, 462, 466, 467
  • Cognitive Science: PSYC 309, 321, 333, 334, 335, 336, 337, 365, 367, 368, 409, 463, 465

and at least 12 credits from:

  • Clinical/Forensic/Health: PSYC 300, 303, 311, 314, 323, 331, 350, 400, 401, 402, 420, 431, 469
  • Developmental: PSYC 302, 315, 319, 320, 322, 325, 412, 413, 414
  • Personality/Social: PSYC 305, 307, 308, 358, 403, 404, 407, 408, 415, 418

All students are encouraged to include fourth year courses in their programs. In addition to providing greater depth, they provide an opportunity to work in smaller groups.

Minor in Psychology (B.A.)

First and Second Years

Students must complete:

  • either PSYC 100 or 101 and 102
  • PSYC 207 and 208 or 6 credits of 200-level Psychology

Third and Fourth Years

Students must take at least 18, but no more than 30 credits, of 300- or 400-level psychology courses, and may not count PSYC 340, 348, 440, or 448 toward the minimum requirement of 18 credits.

Major in Cognitive Systems: Cognition and Brain

For a program description and admission requirements, see Cognitive Systems (Arts).

For a list of acceptable Cognitive Systems Module Courses, see here.

Lower-level requirements

  • PSYC 100 (or 101 and 102)
  • CPSC 110, 121
  • LING 100
  • COGS 200
  • PSYC 217
  • PSYC 218 or STAT 200
  • PHIL 220 or PHIL 3201

Upper-level requirements

  • COGS 300, 303, 401, 402
  • PHIL 441, 451
  • PSYC 365 and 6 credits of additional PSYC module courses
  • 12 credits of additional Cognitive Systems module courses numbered 300 or higher (chosen from this list), at least 6 credits of which must be non-PSYC module courses2

1The prerequisite of PHIL 220 may be waived for PHIL 320 with the consent of the instructor.

2BIOL 455 and 458 can also be counted toward this requirement, as long as neither PSYC 360 nor PSYC 304 have been taken.

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