Faculty of Science - Psychology

To see a program overview, learn about the unique opportunities offered to students within this degree, and to connect to admission and faculty resource links, review the Psychology program page.

B.Sc. (Hons.) Bachelor of Science Honours

A four year degree providing a rigorous examination of a subject designed to prepare you for graduate studies, professional programs or a high degree of specialization within your subject area. The B.Sc. Honours degree requires high grade standards; you have the option to declare a Minor. Co operative Education options are available in most Honours degree programs.

B.Sc. Bachelor of Science Major

A four year degree providing in depth study of a subject designed for students interested in pursuing a career in a specific subject area. You also have the option to declare a Minor. Co-operative Education options are available in most Four Year Major degree programs.

CHOOSING COURSES FOR THE B.Sc. HONOURS AND B.Sc. FOUR YEAR MAJOR DEGREES

The following pages include entries for all Honours and Four Year Major programs available in the Faculty of Science. Double Honours and Double Major programs are also possible in Science.

If you are admitted Direct Entry from high school to the Faculty of Science, you should follow either the Focused or Balanced Approach for your course selection.

View the entire First Year Planning Guide online

PSYCHOLOGY

Honours and Four Year Major degrees are available.*

Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and mental processes, including the biological bases of behaviour and cognitive processes, and behavioural and cognitive neuroscience.

The Honours and Major programs combine courses in Psychology with related courses in Science.

CHOOSE THE FOLLOWING COURSES: FOCUSED APPROACH BALANCED APPROACH SAMPLING APPROACH
PSYC 1200 Introduction to Psychology 6 6 6
Choose 6 credit hours of introductory Science courses from the following areas of study:
Biological Sciences
Chemistry
Computer Science
Mathematics
Statistics
W course (PDF) 3-6
Electives 15-12 12
Total Credit Hours 30 24
Note: All Psychology students meet the M requirement with a required Year 2 Psychology research course.
Note: The science courses listed above are a set of recommended courses for entrance to the Psychology Honours and Major programs. However, students may choose to substitute any other science courses beyond this list to satisfy the entrance requirements.
*Minimum grades in required courses, as outlined in the Academic Calendar Psychology Honours and 4-Year Major Program charts.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FROM UNIVERSITY 1:

Admission to the Faculty of Science is an automatic process, referred to as a 'transit', and therefore does not require an application process for admission to the faculty. Once you have completed 24–30 credit hours of course work you are eligible to transit to the Faculty of Science. To be eligible for the B.Sc. Honours or B.Sc. Four Year Major degrees you must satisfy the specific course requirements as explained in the tables above.

See the Applicant Information Bulletin for more details.

Minimum Credit Hours: 24 credit hours as listed in each Balanced Approach.
Minimum Course Load: University 1 or your first year may be completed on a part time or full time basis. Admission requirements may be completed in the Summer Session.
W Requirement: Not required for admission, but must be done in first 60 credit hours.
M Requirement: Not required for admission, but must be done in first 60 credit hours.
Minimum GPA:

Major: 2.00 with minimum grades in required courses as outlined in the Academic Calendar.

Honours: 3.50 degree GPA with minimum grades in required courses, as outlined in the Academic Calendar. Admission to the Honours Psychology program requires the completion of a course that is normally taken in Year 2. Students will normally enter Honours Psychology in Year 3. Students who qualify for entry to the 4-Year Major in Psychology after Year 1 should choose that option. See the 4-Year Major entry requirements for details.

Additional Requirements: None.
Selection Criteria: Grades only.

HIGH SCHOOL PREREQUISITES FOR STUDY IN THE B.Sc. IN PSYCHOLOGY:

    If the following courses are selected:
    Biological Sciences:
    BIOL 1020: Any Math 40S and Biology 40S, Chemistry 40S or Physics 40S minimum 50% required.
    Chemistry:
    CHEM 1300: Math 40S (Pre-Calculus or Applied) minimum 50% and Chemistry 40S minimum 50% required.
    Computer Science:
    COMP 1010 and COMP 1012: Any Math 40S for 1000 level courses.
    Mathematics:
    MATH 1220 (M): Math 40S (Pre-Calculus) minimum 70% required, or MATH 40S
    (Applied) minimum 70% required.
    MATH 1230 (M): Math 40S (Pre-Calculus) minimum 70% required.
    MATH 1500 (M): Math 40S (Pre-Calculus) minimum 60% required.
    MATH 1300 (M): Math 40S (Pre-Calculus) minimum 60%, or
    Math 40S (Applied) minimum 70% required.
    Statistics:
    STAT 1000 (M): Any Math 40S.

MINIMUM TIME TO GRADUATION:

    4 years (120 credit hours).

TIPS FOR CHOOSING COURSES:

  • If you do not complete the Balanced Approach courses, you may not be eligible to enter directly into your intended Honours or Four Year Major program. You may be eligible to enter in Year 3. Discuss your options with an advisor.
  • Choose electives from the Recommended Introductory Courses list.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit may be used to reduce the first year course load and as a prerequisite to 2000 level courses, where applicable. Contact your academic advisor for information and possible permission to register in upper level courses.

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May 2016
First Year Planning Guide