Aug 10, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Calendar 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Calendar

Psychology (BSc)


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General Information


An education in Psychology will provide students with knowledge and skills with direct relevance to a diverse array of real-world careers. Students not only gain a foundational education in psychological principles, but also develop critical thinking, reasoning, and communication skills, formalized training in research methods and statistics, and an appreciation for the ethical and judicial treatment of persons. In total, these skills will put our graduates in a competitive space for additional educational and direct-to-work opportunities.

The BSc degree will be of particular relevance to students who are interested in the cognitive and biological underpinnings of human behaviour. These students will have the opportunity to obtain a specialization within one of two subject areas: Developmental Psychological Science and Affective Science and Mental Health. In addition to Psychology and Sociology, students will take a variety of natural science courses in the first year. The second year will focus primarily on foundational Psychology courses. In the third and fourth years, students will develop unique knowledge bases and skills through carefully selected coursework in Psychology and related disciplines, electives in the Faculty of Science, and applied learning experiences.  

Admissions requirements


Admission is competitive. The specific average or standing required for admission varies from year to year. Students are selected by taking into consideration a wide range of criteria including school marks, distribution of subjects taken, and performance in subjects relevant to the academic degree. Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications. Current Ontario secondary school students must complete the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six 4U or 4M credits including English (ENG4U), Advanced Functions (MHF4U), and two of Biology (SBI4U), Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U), Chemistry (SCH4U) or Physics (SPH4U).  All other applicants should refer to Admissions  for the requirements for their specific category of admission.

Degree requirements


 To be eligible for the BSc (Hons) degree in General Psychology, students must successfully complete 120 credit hours. Although reasonable efforts will be made to provide the courses in the indicated semesters in the following degree maps, course requirements and term offerings may change. Each year prior to course registration the order and timing of course offerings will be released by the faculty and communicated to students.

Year 3 [30 credit hours]


Year 4 [30 credit hours]


Psychology electives*


Any non‐required course with a PSYC 3XXX or 4XXX designation can count towards students' necessary Psychology electives.

Science electives**


 Any non‐required course run within the Faculty of Science that does not have a PSYC designation can count towards students' necessary Science electives.

General electives***


General Electives: Any non‐required course in any faculty can count towards students' necessary general electives. 

Specializations


Students will have the opportunity to obtain additional specializations within one of two subject areas: Developmental Psychological Science and Affective Science and Mental Health. To achieve a specialization, students will be required to take a minimum of 5 course credits, as described in more detail below.

Practicum


A limited number of fourth-year students are granted an opportunity to participate in a learning experience with a community organization. The Practicum course consists of 100 hours of fieldwork, in-class seminars, a set of academic assignments and a major research paper and poster. As part of the pre-practicum process, students will be required to acquire a Vulnerable Sector check. For additional information, please refer to the course description for SSCI 4098U .

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