The Department of Psychology offers a broad range of undergraduate courses and programs designed to meet the needs of students with a variety of backgrounds and varying degrees of interest in psychology. Because psychology is both a natural and a social science, students can choose to complete either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts with Major or Honours in Psychology, or a Minor in Psychology.
More information about Saint Mary’s psychology programs, including lists of required courses and course descriptions, can be found in the Academic Calendar.
Bachelor of Arts or Science with Major in Psychology
Students can complete a Major in Psychology as part of either a BA or a BSc degree program. The requirements are the same for both degrees: students must complete a minimum of forty-two (42) credit hours in psychology courses, thirty credit hours of which must be from specified course lists. In addition, eighteen of the required forty-two (42) credit hours must be at the 4000-level.
Review the BSc psychology major program requirement table for a list of courses required for the BSc Major in Psychology, including credits in other subject areas. For more information about BA psychology major program, please refer to the Academic Calendar.
Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology
The Psychology Department offers honours study leading to either a BA or a BSc (Honours) degree, or a Certificate of Honours Standing (Honours Equivalency). The Honours program will interest students who intend to pursue graduate work in psychology or a related field, or who wish to pursue careers in psychology.
Both the BSc and the BA Honours in Psychology programs require that students complete the requirements of a Major in Psychology, including at least thirty-six (36) credits hours at the 4000 level or above, including the following courses:
- PSYC 4401 - Advanced Statistics
- PSYC 4421 - History of Psychology
- PSYC 4500 - Honours Seminar
- PSYC 4549 – Honours Thesis
To register for an Honours Thesis, students must secure the consent of a faculty member who is willing to supervise the thesis and complete an Application for Directed Study.
Entrance into either the BSc or BA Honours Honours in Psychology program is not automatic. For information on admission to the psychology honours program, please review the Academic Calendar.
Minor in Psychology
Students from all faculties are eligible to complete a Minor in Psychology. To meet the minimum requirement of their individual faculty, Arts and Commerce students must complete a minimum of twenty-four (24) credit hours, while Science students must complete a minimum of thirty (30) credit hours of courses from specified course lists.
Review the full list of Minor requirements in the Academic Calendar.
Co-operative Education in Psychology
Saint Mary's co-operative education program provides eligible students the opportunity to complement their academic students with experience in relevant work environments. Students will complete a minimum of four academic terms of approved work experience, and the program generally takes students one year longer to complete than the corresponding traditional degree (i.e., BA or BSc Major or Honours).
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates emerge with a BSc or BA degree in psychology (at either the Major or Honours level) with the added qualification of “Co-operative Education.”
Plan your B.Sc. Major in Psychology
The Faculty of Science has developed several tools to help science students understand course prerequisites and choose courses:
- Lists of recommended first-year courses for psychology students
- Academic course prerequisite maps for psychology Majors