PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

BA Major BA Honours BA Minor BSc Major BSc Honours BSc Minor

 

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE IN PSYCHOLOGY

The Department of Psychology offers programs of study that lead to the degrees of Ph.D., M.A., B.A., and B.Sc. However, this guide concerns itself with the B.A. and B.Sc. degrees only.

If you intend to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, you begin your program with a course entitled Introductory Psychology (Psyc 100), one of the most popular courses on campus. In second year, you would enrol in Psyc 217 and Psyc 218 by declaring your Major (specialization) on the Student Service Center.  In third year, you begin to specialize by selecting courses in a number of topic areas. These include behaviour disorders, developmental psychology, social psychology, biopsychology, learning, memory, cognition and perception, environmental psychology, personality, psychometrics and testing. Other specialized courses available to undergraduates include computers and psychology, forensic psychology, gender differences, and clinical psychology. Many third and fourth year students enrol in laboratory courses where they acquire first-hand experience in psychological research.

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BA HONOURS DEGREE IN PSYCHOLOGY

The Honours program is a two-year program that is designed to provide advanced training in psychological research to outstanding students who intend to pursue PhD-level graduate studies in Psychology. Students admitted into the Honours program complete several advanced research-relevant courses during their third and fourth years, in addition to completing the regular BA degree requirements. Honours students are also required to conduct research projects under faculty supervision during their third and fourth years.

Admission to the Honours program is highly competitive. As a minimum requirement, 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 who wish to be considered for admission to the Honours program typically apply during the second half of their Second year. 

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BA MINOR IN PSYCHOLOGY

See Degree Requirements for BA Minor in Psychology.


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN PSYCHOLOGY

The Bachelor of Science program is specifically intended for students whose interest in psychology is in the biological basis of behaviour. The Science program covers, among other topics: advanced research methods in the behavioural sciences, in sensation and perception, and in animal learning and cognition; hormones and behaviour; computers and psychology; and biopsychology. Faculty members who teach in the Science program perform research on topics such as the neurochemical basis of drug addiction, the hormonal regulation of sexual behaviour, the development of the brain, animal models of eating disorders, and the neural basis of learning and memory. The student with a major interest in the social, personality, developmental, clinical or general experimental areas of psychology should register for the B.A. degree.

See Degree Requirements for BSc Major in Psychology.

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BSc HONOURS IN PSYCHOLOGY

The Honours program is a two-year program that is designed to provide advanced training in psychological research to outstanding students who intend to pursue Ph.D.-level graduate studies in Psychology. Students admitted into the Honours program complete several advanced research-relevant courses during their third and fourth years, in addition to completing the regular BSc degree requirements. Honours students are also required to conduct research projects under faculty supervision during their third and fourth years. Graduation requires an average of at least 80% in 12 credits of Psychology courses numbered 300 and 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.

Admission to the Honours program is highly competitive. As a minimum requirement, admission to the Honours program requires at least a 76% average in the second year and at least 80% in PSYC 260. Students who wish to be considered for admission to the Honours program typically apply during the second half of their Second year. 

See Degree Requirements for BSc Honours in Psychology.


BSc MINOR IN PSYCHOLOGY

See Degree Requirements for BSc Minor in Psychology.
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