Programs by Department
194.17.1 Honors in Psychology
The Department offers courses leading to the degrees of BSc and BA with Honors in Psychology. Students wishing to emphasize the physical, biological, and mathematical sciences should enrol in the BSc program; those wishing to emphasize the humanities and social sciences should enrol in the BA program. Either program is appropriate for students considering postgraduate training in psychology or in other fields that require these research skills.
Admission into the Honors program is permitted only at the end of the second year (after completion of a minimum of 48). Final acceptance into the Honors program is dependent upon obtaining approval from a potential research supervisor prior to August 7.
Continuation in and graduation from the Honors Psychology program require successful completion of 24 with a minimum GPA of 3.3 in each Fall/Winter. Exceptions to this requirement must be approved by both the Department of Psychology and the Faculty of Science. In addition, students must present a minimum of 48 (but no more than 60) in Psychology courses and a minimum of 72 in Science courses must be taken. A student's program of courses must be approved in advance each year by the Honors Psychology advisor.
Note: The required courses noted in Year 1 and Year 2 below must be taken during the first two years of study.
BIOL 107, 108
6 junior ENGL or 3 junior ENGL and WRS 103
PSYCO 104, 105
STAT 141 or 151
3 from junior Mathematical Sciences
3-6 in approved Science options
STAT 252 and PSYCO 212
6 (two of) from PSYCO 223, 239, 241
6 (two of) from PSYCO 258, 275, 282
6 from approved courses offered by the Departments of Anthropology, Economics, Linguistics, Political Science and/or Sociology
6 in approved Science options
PSYCO 309, 390 and PSYCO 303 or 304
3 (one of) PSYCO 356, 410, 411, 413, 431, 475, 476, 482, or other advanced research methods course approved by the Honors Advisor
9-12 in approved Science options
6-9 in approved options
PSYCO 409, 499
6 (two of) in a 400-level Psychology course other than 409, 410, 411, 413, 431, 475, 476, 482, 499, 496, 497, 498, except as approved by the Honors Advisor
9-15 in approved Science options
3-9 in approved options
In addition to the courses specifically listed above, the program must include, among the student's optional courses, a minimum of 12 in one or more disciplines relevant to Psychology, e.g., ANTHR, BIOL, CHEM, CMPUT, ECON, GENET, LING, MATH, NEURO, PHIL, PHYS, PHYSL, PMCOL, POL S, SOC, STAT, ZOOL. These courses may not overlap those used to fulfil the Computing/Mathematics/Statistics, Natural Science and Social Science requirements listed above.
Under the supervision of a faculty member in the Department of Psychology, students undertake a year-long research apprenticeship (PSYCO 390) during the third year and conduct and write an empirical thesis (PSYCO 490) during the fourth year. Third-year students present their thesis research proposals, and fourth-year students present the results of their thesis research at the annual Honors Psychology Conference in April.
Credit in SCI 100 will be considered equivalent to BIOL 107, 108, CMPUT 174, PSYCO 104, MATH 114, 115 and 9 approved Science options.
194.17.2 Specialization in Psychology
Continuation in the Specialization in Psychology program requires the successful completion of 24 with a a minimum GPA of 2.3 in the preceding Fall/Winter. Graduation requires a minimum GPA of 2.3 on all courses credited to the degree.
BIOL 107, 108
PSYCO 104, 105
6 in junior ENGL or 3 junior ENGL and WRS 103
6 from junior courses offered in the departments of Computing Science and Mathematics
6 from junior courses offered in the departments of Chemistry and Physics
STAT 141 or 151
6 from PSYCO 223, 239, 241
6 from PSYCO 258, 275, 282
15 in approved options
6 from 300 level or above Arts Psychology courses
6 from 300 level or above Science Psychology courses
18 in approved options
30 in approved options
To fulfill the degree requirements, students must complete a minimum of 36 in Psychology courses. At least 6 must be at the 400-level. A minimum of 72 in Science is required (see §193.2).
Credit in SCI 100 will be considered equivalent to BIOL 107, 108, CHEM 101, CMPUT 174, MATH 114, PHYS 144, PSYCO 104 and 6 Approved options.
194.17.3 Industrial Internship Program
An Industrial Internship Program, similar to a co-op program, is offered to students in the Specialization or Honors programs in Psychology (see §192.11 for guidelines to the program). The Industrial Internship designation will appear on the degree parchments of students who have participated in the program.
Students who have completed the third year of their program and who are approved to enter this stream register for a continuous sequence of Science Psychology Work Experience courses (WKEXP 931, 932, 933, 934) starting in May or September. During the program, students are considered full-time students of the University. Work experience courses have no weight and are graded credit/no credit, and recorded on the student's transcript; students are not permitted to register in any academic courses during the Industrial Internship Program. The Industrial Internship Program Advisor maintains contact at approximately three-month intervals with the student and the person designated by the employer to be responsible for the student's progress. This arrangement ensures satisfaction on all sides. If the review shows the situation is not satisfactory, the internship may be terminated and the student would then return to classes at the next available opportunity. The graduation requirements for the Industrial Internship program designation include successful completion of at least WKEXP 931 and 932 plus PSYCO 410. PSYCO 410 must be taken in the first term immediately following completion of the WKEXP period. If required by the employer, the student's written report and oral presentation in PSYCO 410 may be classified confidential. The employer also assesses the student's performance during the work term. Based on the student's written report and oral presentation, and the report from the employer, students are awarded a grade in PSYCO 410.
Interested students should see the Industrial Internship Advisor in the Department of Psychology for more information.