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Psychology

The Department of Psychology offers opportunity for study leading to bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. For information on the Bachelor of Arts, see Arts Psychology. For information on graduate degrees, see graduate Psychology.

Students wanting to enter the Major or Honours program must apply online at Psychology for admission to the B.Sc. Psychology Major Program.

Students registered in Psychology specializations must take 6 credits of Faculty of Arts courses other than psychology. Science electives may not be psychology courses. In addition to PSYC 348 and 448, all psychology courses numbered 60 or higher in the last two digits have science credit.

Co-operative Education Program in Psychology (B.Sc.)

Co-operative Education is a process of education which integrates academic study with related and supervised work experience in co-operating employer organizations.

An optional Co-operative Education Program is available for students in the Psychology (B.Sc.) Program. The Program, which is intended to help prepare interested and qualified students for research careers in industry, university, or government settings, includes at least 16 months of work placement (i.e., at least four work terms) supervised by scientists in industrial, academic or governmental positions. Faculty advisers or Co-op coordinators visit students at their place of work and provide advice on work term reports required of all students in the program. The four work terms are normally taken consecutively beginning in Summer Session after third year and ending in Summer Session after fourth year.

To be eligible, students must be in the Psychology (B.Sc.) program, and they must have completed at least one academic term in this program. Admission is by application to the Science Co-op Office. Selection of students is based on academic performance and general suitability to the work environment, as determined by CV and interview. The total enrolment is subject to the availability of appropriate work placements. The work placements are arranged by mutual agreement between students and employing organizations. Participating students register for PSYC 398, 399, 498, or 499, as appropriate, and pay the Cooperative Education program fee per course as well as Co-operative Education Program Fees.

Graduation in the Co-operative Education Program for Psychology (B.Sc.) requires a student to complete PSYC 398, 399, 498, and 499, in addition to the normal academic requirements. Students may choose appropriate timing of their work terms, but some of the four work placements required should not be in the summer.

Detailed information on the program can be obtained from the Director for the Psychology (B.Sc.) Program or from the Co-operative Education Program.

Specializations

Major (0495): Psychology (PSYC)

First Year1
ENGL 100-level 6
BIOL 111,1,2 or 1121,2 3
BIOL 121, 140 5
CHEM 111,1 113 or 121, 123 8
MATH 1008 or 102 or 104 (or 1208 or 180 or 184) 3(4)
MATH 101 or 103 or 105 (or 1218) 3(4)
PHYS 1013 3
Total Credits 31
Second Year
CHEM 233, 235 4
PSYC 1011,4 and 1021,4 6
PSYC 260 8
Two from: BIOL 200,5 BIOL 201 (or BIOC 202), BIOL 204, BIOL 205 6-8
Electives6,7,8 2-6
Total Credits 30
Third Year
PSYC 360 6
PSYC 3669 8
6 credits from one of the following three lists: 6
PSYC 300, 311, 314, 331, 350, 400, 401, 420, 431
PSYC 302, 315, 319, 320, 322, 325, 412, 413, 414
PSYC 305, 307, 308, 321, 358, 403, 407, 408, 415, 418
Arts elective6,7 3
Electives6,7 6
Total Credits 29
Fourth Year
12 credits from PSYC 361, 363, 364, 365, 367, 368, 460, 461, 462, 463, 465, 466, 467, 469 12
Arts elective6,7 3
Electives6,7 15
Total Credits 30
Credits for Degree 120
1 PSYC 101 and 102 are required in first year if a student has credit for Biology 12 and Chemistry 12.
2 Students without Biology 12 must take BIOL 111 or BIOL 112 as a prerequisite for BIOL 121.
3 Students without Physics 12 must take PHYS 100 before taking PHYS 101.
4 Students may substitute PSYC 100 for PSYC 101 and 102.
5 The preferred prerequisite for this course is BIOL 112, but Psychology Majors students are allowed to register without it.
6 General electives may be Psychology courses; Arts electives may not. Nine credits of electives must be Arts or Science taken outside of the field of the Major.
7 In order to graduate, a student must have 48 credits of Arts or Science numbered 300 or higher. At least 6 of these credits must be non-Psychology courses in the Faculty of Science.
8 Students taking more than 6 credits of first year MATH or more than 6 credits of second year BIOL should count these extra credits as electives and reduce the number of second year elective credits accordingly. MATH 110 may substitute for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed by decreasing the electives in second year by 3 credits.
9 PSYC 366, together with 6 credits of first year mathematics, satisfies the faculty computation requirement.

Honours (0139): Psychology (PSYC)

Admission to the Honours program requires at least a 76% average in second year, including at least 80% in PSYC 260. Graduation requires an average of at least 80% in 12 credits of psychology courses numbered 300 or above.

In addition to meeting the specific department course requirements, Honours candidates are required to complete all courses attempted, including at least 30 credits in each winter session, and to maintain a minimum overall 68% average in each academic session.

First Year1
ENGL 100-level 6
BIOL 111 or 1121,2 3
BIOL 121, 140 5
CHEM 1111, 113, or 121, 123 8
MATH 100 or 102 or 104 (or 1808 or 184 or 120) 3(4)
MATH 101 or 103 or 105 (or 1218) 3(4)
PHYS 1013 3
Total Credits 31
Second Year
PSYC 101 and 1021,4 6
PSYC 260 8
CHEM 233, 235 4
Two from: BIOL 2005, BIOL 201 (or BIOC 202), BIOL 204, BIOL 205 6-8
Electives6,7,8 2-6
Total Credits 30
Third Year
PSYC 312 3
PSYC 349 6
PSYC 360 6
PSYC 3669 8
6 credits from one of the following three lists: 6
PSYC 300, 311, 314, 331, 350, 400, 401, 420, 431
PSYC 302, 315, 319, 320, 322, 325, 412, 413, 414
PSYC 305, 307, 308, 321, 358, 403, 407, 408, 415, 418
Electives6,7 9
Total Credits 38
Fourth Year
12 credits from PSYC 361, 363, 364, 365, 367, 368, 369, 460, 461, 462, 463, 465, 466, 467, 469 12
PSYC 449 6
Arts electives6,7 6
Electives6,7 9
Total Credits 33
Minimum Credits for Degree 132
1 PSYC 101 and 102 are required in first year if a student has credit for Biology 12 and Chemistry 12.
2 Students without Biology 12 must take BIOL 111 or BIOL 112 as a prerequisite for BIOL 121.
3 Students without Physics 12 must take PHYS 100 before taking PHYS 101.
4 Students may substitute PSYC 100 for PSYC 101 and 102.
5 The preferred prerequisite for this course is BIOL 112, but Psychology Majors students are allowed to register without it.
6 General electives may be taken as Psychology courses; Arts electives may not be fulfilled with Psychology courses.
7 In order to graduate, students must have 48 credits of Arts or Science numbered 300 or above. At least 6 of these credits must be non-Psychology courses in the Faculty of Science.
8 Students taking more than 6 credits of first year MATH or more than 6 credits of second year BIOL should count these extra credits as electives and reduce the number of second year elective credits accordingly. MATH 110 may substitute for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed by decreasing the electives in second year by 3 credits.
9 PSYC 366, together with 6 credits of first year mathematics, satisfies the faculty computation requirement.

Faculty of Science Departmental Guidelines for the Minor

B.Sc., Science Minor in Psychology

For a PSYC science minor, students are required to take PSYC 100, or PSYC 101 and PSYC 102 and 18 or more credits of 300- or 400-level psychology courses numbered 60 or higher in the last two digits.

B.Sc., Arts Minor in Psychology

For a PSYC Arts minor, students are required to take PSYC 100, or PSYC 101 and PSYC 102 in first year; 6 credits of 200-level psychology, preferably PSYC 207 and 208 in second year; and at least 18 credits of 300-/400-level psychology courses, excluding 340, 348, 440, or 448 in third and fourth years.

B.Sc. Major in Cognitive Systems

The Cognitive Systems (COGS) Major (B.Sc. or B.A.) integrates aspects of psychology, linguistics, computer science and philosophy relevant to examining cognition in human and machine systems. The COGS B.Sc. Major in Brain and Cognition, supervised by the Department of Psychology, emphasizes this interdisciplinary endeavour from the perspective of cognitive- and neuro-psychology.

All COGS-designated core courses (COGS 200, 300, 303, 401, and 402) are team taught, and there is a strong emphasis on collaborative engagement of students in curricular and research projects. The Specialization aims for its graduates to possess the background competence necessary to enter graduate research programs in one of the supervisory disciplines or in cognitive science itself.

For information about admission to this and other COGS (B.Sc.) major streams, see Computer Science and Psychology. For information about admission to this and other COGS (B.A.) major streams, see Linguistics, Philosophy, and Psychology. The web pages for these departments contain information regarding the COGS specialization and admissions to it.

Major Cognitive Systems (1225): Cognition and Brain

First Year
Communication Requirement1 6
BIOL (or ASTR or EOSC or GEOB)2 3
CHEM 1133 or 121 4
CPSC 110, 121 8
MATH 1005 or 102 or 104 (or 120 or 180 or 184) 3(4)
MATH 101 or 103 or 105 (or 121) 3(4)
PHYS 1014 or 107 3
Total Credits 30
Second Year
COGS 200 3
LING 1007 3
PHIL 220 (or 320)8 3
PSYC 101 and 102 (or 100)7 6
STAT 200 3
Electives5,6 12
Total Credits 30
Third and Fourth Years
COGS 300, 303, 401, 402 12
PHIL 441, 451 6
PSYC 365 3
Cognitive Systems module courses numbered 300 or above)6,9,10 18
Electives5,6,11 21
Total Credits 60
Credits for Degree 120
1 For a full list of acceptable courses see Communication Requirement. ENGL 112 and SCIE 113 are recommended. Three credits of the Communication Requirement may be deferred until second year.
2 Students without credit in Biology 11 or Biology 12 must take BIOL 111. Students with credit for Biology 11 or 12 must take one of ASTR 101/102, BIOL112/121, EOSC 110/112/114, GEOB 102/103 within their first 60 credits as a lower-level science requirement.
3 Students without credit for Chemistry 12 must complete CHEM 111 in addition. These students may delay 3 credits of CHEM or PHYS until second year.
4 Students without credit for Physics 12 must complete PHYS 100 in addition.
5 Students attempting the COGS major should choose electives to obtain prerequisites to appropriate third and fourth-year courses. Note that the B.Sc. requires at least 72 credits of science courses. Students taking more than 6 credits of first year MATH can reduce the number of elective credits required in second or third year accordingly. MATH 110 may substitute for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed by decreasing the electives by 3 credits. Students are permitted to move elective credits between years. Students who take courses in MATH, PHYS, or CHEM with more credits than those recommended can count the extra credit as electives.
6 Cognitive Systems module courses are recommended as electives for each year of study. Modules are sets of recommended courses that are directly relevant to Cogntive Systems. For the list of module courses, see Cognitive Systems. Courses explicitly listed as required cannot also be counted as module courses.
7 Students attempting the COGS major should complete LING 100 and PSYC 101 and 102 (or PSYC 100) as early in their program as possible. Alternatively, PSYC 101 can be taken in first year, and PSYC 102 in second year.
8 The prerequistite PHIL 220 may be waived for PHIL 320 with the consent of the instructor.
9 At least 6 credits must tbe PSYC module courses, and at least 6 credits must be non-PSYC module courses.
10 BIOL 445 and 458 can also be counted towards this requirement so long as PSYC 360 or PSYC 304 has not been taken.
11 At least 48 credits of courses numbered 300 or above are required for the B.Sc. degree, of which at least 30 must be science credits.

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