Department of Psychology

Psychology (PSYC)

The Psychology Department offers a broad range of courses and programs designed to meet the needs of students from a variety of backgrounds and with varying degrees of interest in psychology. The Department offers an area of concentration for the general Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees, a major and honours for both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees, and a program of study leading to the Master of Science degree in applied psychology and a Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.


 

The Undergraduate Program in Psychology

The psychology undergraduate curriculum consists mainly of semester courses worth three (3) credit hours which are grouped into three broad categories—Group A, Group B, and Group C. Courses in Group A are representative of psychology as a natural science and offer instruction in the areas of (1) brain and behaviour, (2) biology, evolution, and behaviour, and (3) cognition. Courses in Group B are representative of psychology as a social science and provide instruction in the areas of (1) development, (2) social behaviour, and (3) personality and psychopathology. Courses in Group C are representative of psychology in general and include PSYC 1200, and statistics and research methods courses, among others.


Psychology at the 1000 Level

Students who wish to major in psychology should begin by selecting foundation courses from PSYC 1210, 1220, 1230,1235, 1240, 1250, and 1260. Although recommended for majors, these 1000-level courses are open to other students and count towards Faculty of Arts’ regulation 3d. Students may take as many of these courses as they wish; however, they should be guided in their selection by the stated prerequisites for 2000- and 3000-level courses.
Additionally, students in the Faculty of Arts should be mindful of the need to complete at least forty-eight (48) credit hours at the 2000 level or higher.

PSYC 1200 is NOT a prerequisite for other 1000-level psychology courses.


Psychology as an Elective Subject

Students who wish to take psychology as an elective should begin with PSYC 1200, Introduction to Psychology, which is a broad survey of the discipline. Completion of PSYC 1200 will permit enrolment in selected psychology courses at the 3000 level. 4000-level psychology courses are normally available only to those planning an area of concentration or a major in the discipline. Students who meet the prerequisites of a 4000-level course or who obtain permission of the instructor, however, may register for the course. Arts students seeking to fulfil degree requirement 3d or who wish to minor in psychology, Science students seeking to fulfil degree requirement 3e, 6e, or 7b, or who wish to minor in psychology; and Commerce students seeking to fulfil degree requirement 5c should contact the Department Chairperson for guidance in selecting courses relevant to their needs.


Psychology as a Minor Program

Students who wish to minor in psychology, from whichever faculty, must complete the following requirements: (a) at least six (6) credit hours from courses in Group A and at least six (6) credit hours from courses in Group B; (b) at least twelve (12) credit hours at the 3000 level or higher; and (c) an additional number of credit hours in Psychology to meet at least the minimum required by the students’ faculty regulations. For students in the Bachelor of Arts and Commerce degree programs, the minimum number of credit hours required is twenty-four (24); in the Bachelor of Science degree program, thirty (30).


Psychology as an Area of Concentration Bachelor of Science degree

Students taking a general Bachelor of Science degree may elect an area of concentration in psychology. The requirements are: (1) thirty (30) credit hours but not more than forty-two (42) credit hours in psychology; (2) at least six (6) credit hours from courses in Group A and six (6) credit hours from courses in Group B; (3) completion of PSYC 2340 and 2350; and (4) at least three (3) credit hours from 4000- level psychology courses. For students seeking a concentration in psychology, PSYC 2350 is a prerequisite for all 4000-level psychology courses. BIOL 3308 Biostatistics is an acceptable equivalent prerequisite for all 4000-level courses. Students who have taken another statistics class may check with the Psychology Advisor to determine its equivalency. Students seeking a concentration in psychology are required to complete PSYC 2340 and PSYC 2350 or BIOL 3308.


Bachelor of Arts Degree

Students taking a general Bachelor of Arts degree may elect an area of concentration in psychology. In addition to meeting the requirements for a Minor program specified above, students must complete at least three (3) credit hours at the 4000-level, PSYC 2340 and PSYC 2350. In addition, the Faculty of Arts requires students fulfilling a B.A. degree with Double Arts Concentration to complete a minimum of ninety (90) credit hours with at least twenty-four (24) credit hours in Psychology; as well, students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00. Further details are available from the chairperson.


Psychology as a Major Program

Psychology is both a natural and a social science. Thus, students may major in psychology and obtain a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree. The course requirements for a psychology major are the same for both faculties:

1. a minimum of forty-two (42) credit hours in psychology;
2. at least twelve (12) credit hours from courses in Group A and twelve (12) credit hours from courses in Group B;
3. completion of PSYC 2340 and PSYC 2350; and
4. at least eighteen (18) credit hours from 4000-level psychology courses.

For students majoring in psychology, PSYC 2350 is a prerequisite for all 4000-level psychology courses. Students who have taken another statistics class may check with the Departmental Chairperson to determine its equivalency.

Students who are taking Psychology as a major must maintain a minimum CGPAof 2.00 (an average grade of C) in the courses used to meet the minimum credit hour requirements for the major (Arts Regulation 7, Science Regulation 9).

Students seeking a double major in psychology and another subject must meet the requirements for a major in psychology as stated above. Students who are completing a double major in Psychology and Sociology/Criminology may substitute SOCI3102/CRIM 3102 Quantitative Research Methods, but no other Sociology research methods courses, in place of PSYC 2340. Students who are completing a double major in Psychology and Biology may substitute BIOL 3308 in place of PSYC 2350.

Students who intend to declare a major in psychology are advised to consult the Psychology Chairperson as to whether the Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Arts is better suited to their career goals.


Psychology as an Honours Program

The Psychology Department offers honours study leading to a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree, a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree, and a Certificate of Honours Standing (Honours Equivalency)—academic regulation 26.

The honours program is intended for students of above average ability who wish to proceed to graduate work in psychology or related fields or who intend to pursue careers in psychology.

For admission to honours in psychology, students at the time of application must have:

  • a minimum CGPA of 3.00;
  • completed at least eighteen (18) credit hours in PSYC courses;.
  • a minimum GPA of 3.30 in PSYC courses;
  • a minimum grade of B in each of PSYC 2340 and PSYC 2350.

These requirements are minimum standards only. Because the Department has limited resources for offering the honours program, some students who meet the minimum standards may have to be denied admission.

Deadline for applications is January 31st, annually. Applications from students who do not meet the minimum standards as outlined above at the time of application will not be processed.

The requirements for Honours in Psychology follow the general regulations for the Faculties of Arts and Science as stated in the Calendar. The course requirements are as follows: a minimum of sixty (60) credit hours in psychology, including at least twelve (12) credit hours from courses in Group A and twelve (12) credit hours from courses in Group B. Of the minimum sixty (60) credit hours, at least thirty-six (36) must be at the 4000 level or above, including PSYC 4401 Advanced Statistics; PSYC 4421 History of Psychology; and PSYC 4500 Honours Seminar and PSYC 4549 Honours Thesis. To determine a program of study that is appropriate to their future plans, honours students should consult with the Chairperson of the Department or the Psychology Department Academic Advisor.


Cooperative Education in Psychology

The cooperative education program in psychology allows eligible students to complement their academic studies with experience in relevant work environments. The program involves the completion of a minimum of three terms of approved work experience, and generally takes one year longer to complete than the corresponding traditional degree. A “Cooperative Education” notation is added to the academic transcripts of students who successfully complete the requirements of the program in addition to their regular degree requirements.

Application to the program takes place via the Cooperative Education Office and is normally submitted after the second semester of Year 1. Admission to the program requires a minimum cumulative quality point average of 2.50 and a minimum quality point average of 3.00 in psychology courses.

Further detail concerning the requirements and regulations of the cooperative education program can be found in Section 3 of this Calendar, under Faculty of Science.

The Certificate in Human Resource Management Students may enrol in the certificate program in human resources management as a stand-alone program, either prior
to completing or following completion of a bachelor’s degree. Students who major in psychology as part of either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree may also obtain a certificate in Human Resource Management by selecting an appropriate set of interdisciplinary courses.

The combined program offers students a sound foundation in basic and applied topics relevant to either a career or graduate training in the field of Human Resource Management and related areas. Details on this certificate can be found under Human Resource Management in this Calendar.