Psychology (BSc Program)

Steven Cronshaw, Professor Emeritus
Kenneth Prkachin, Professor Emeritus

Paul Siakaluk, Professor and Acting Chair
Sherry Beaumont, Professor
Henry Harder, Professor
Han Li, Professor
Daniel Weeks, Professor
William Owen, Associate Professor
Annie Duchesne, Assistant Professor
Loraine Lavallee, Assistant Professor
Heath Matheson, Assistant Professor
James Climenhage, Adjunct Professor
Tammy Klassen-Ross, Adjunct Professor
Glenda Prkachin, Adjunct Professor
Elizabete Rocha, Adjunct Professor
Cherisse Seaton, Adjunct Professor
Julie Howard, Senior Lab Instructor

Psychology is the study of behaviour, feelings and thinking. Psychologists study the biopsychosocial and developmental mechanisms and processes that regulate the behaviour of individuals. The goal of the Department of Psychology is to provide advanced knowledge in the substantive areas of Psychology. In addition, the Department provides excellent training that enhances students' competitiveness for advanced graduate study in Psychology and related areas.

Major in Psychology

Undergraduate students are required to take seventeen psychology courses (53 credit hours). Of these, at least twelve (38 credit hours) must be upper-division courses.

The minimum requirement for completion of a Bachelor of Science with a major in Psychology is 122 credit hours.

Program Requirements

Lower-Division Requirement

100 and 200 Level
PSYC 101-3Psychology as a Science
PSYC 102-3Psychology and Human Problems
Research Design and Methodology in Psychology I 
Two additional Psychology 200-level courses. 

Note:  It is strongly recommended that students planning to major in Psychology select at least one elective course in mathematics and one in biology within the first two years.

Upper-Division Requirement

300 and 400 Level
PSYC 315-4Design and Analysis of Psychological Research I
PSYC 316-4Design and Analysis of Psychological Research II

Two of:
PSYC 307-3Motivation and Emotion
PSYC 317-3Psychobiology
Sensation and Perception 
The Psychology of Learning 

Two of:
Social Psychology 
PSYC 303-3Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
Theories of Personality 
Introduction to Health Psychology 
PSYC 345-3Lifespan Development

One of:
PSYC 442-3Methods in Developmental Psychology
PSYC 445-3Methods in Perception and Psychophysics
PSYC 450-3Tests and Measures
PSYC 455-3Methods in Social Psychology
PSYC 460-3Methods in Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 470-3Psychophysiology
PSYC 475-3The Evaluation of Social Programs
PSYC 485-3Current Topics in Psychological Research

Fifteen credit hours of 300- or 400-level Psychology courses, of which six credit hours must be at the 400 level.

Elective and Academic Breadth Requirement

Electives at any level in any subject sufficient to ensure completion of a minimum of 122 credit hours, including any additional credits necessary to meet the Academic Breadth requirement of the University (see Academic Regulation 15).

BSc Honours - Psychology

Honours students are required to complete 122 credit hours. Students must successfully complete the 53 credit hours for the Psychology BSc program, 57 credit hours of electives and 12 credit hours from the courses listed below.

PSYC 490-3Honours Thesis I
PSYC 495-3Honours Thesis II
PSYC 497-3Senior Seminar
and one additional 400-level Psychology course 
Each student must complete a thesis (PSYC 490-3 Honours Thesis I, and PSYC 495-3 Honours Thesis II) under the supervision of a faculty member. Entry to the Honours Program takes place after the end of the second year (i.e., upon completion of at least 60 credit hours) and requires a minimum GPA of 3.33 calculated on the last 60 credit hours completed at the time of declaration to the Honours Program.  Attaining the minimum requirement does not guarantee entry to the Honours Program, which will be at the discretion of the Department. To remain in the Honours Program students must maintain a minimum Semester GPA of 3.33 to be calculated at the end of each semester as well as receive no grade lower than a C+ in any Psychology course after entry to the Honours Program.
The minimum requirement for completion of a BSc Honours - Psychology  is 122 credit hours.

Minor in Psychology

The minor in Psychology provides students with a foundation in the natural and social science components of the discipline and exposure to its basic observational and analytic methods. It also allows the student to pursue special interests within the discipline at the upper year levels.

A maximum of two courses (six credit hours) used to fulfill program requirements for a major or another minor may also be used to fulfill requirements for a minor in Psychology.

To fulfill the minor, students must successfully complete a total of 21 credit hours from the following courses:
PSYC 101-3Psychology as a Science
PSYC 102-3Psychology and Human Problems
PSYC 215-3Research Design and Methodology in Psychology

One of:
PSYC 301-3Social Psychology
PSYC 303-3Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 306-3Theories of Personality
PSYC 309-3Introduction to Health Psychology
PSYC 345-3Lifespan Development

One of:
PSYC 307-3Motivation and Emotion
PSYC 317-3Psychobiology
PSYC 318-3Sensation and Perception
PSYC 320-3The Psychology of Learning
PSYC 330-3Cognition

Two other 300 or 400 level Psychology courses.