The Honours Psychology BSc program is intended for students who want to apply knowledge gained in biology, chemistry and physics to problems in neuropsychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, developmental and clinical psychology, and related disciplines, or who plan to seek professional training in medicine, perhaps with specialization in neurology, psychiatry or pediatrics. A strong background in the "natural science" areas of psychology would complement one's preparation for research or graduate work in these fields of study.
Students interested in Honours Psychology will normally be admitted at the beginning of their second year based on their academic performance in Year One, as specified below. Application for admission to Honours Psychology is made at the time of preregistration for Year Two. Normally, only students whose Year One Science average is at least 60% and whose Psychology average is at least 75% will be admitted. Owing to resource limitations, however, fulfilment of the minimum entrance average requirements will not guarantee students admission to Honours Psychology, and a higher Psychology average may be required for admission. In order to remain in good standing in Honours Psychology, students must maintain a cumulative average of at least 60% in the Faculty of Science courses and a cumulative average of at least 75% in the Psychology courses. Conditional status for one academic term only may be granted to students who fall below these criteria.
In order to graduate in Honours Psychology, students must successfully complete 23.0 credits including:
An Honours Thesis (PSYCH 499A/B/C) is recommended for students who are 1) considering graduate or professional programs that may require a completed honours thesis for admission, or 2) who have a strong interest in, and commitment to, conducting original research. PSYCH 499A/B/C may substitute for the three PSYCH electives listed in Year Four above. Students doing an Honours Thesis may not substitute PSYCH 465 (Applied Apprenticeship) or PSYCH 466 (Education Apprenticeship) for one of the third year Research Requirements.
Students who have been accepted to the Honours Psychology program may apply for admission to the Co-op program in November of Year Two. Admission is limited and is based on academic standing and space availability. For those accepted, the first work term will be at the end of Year Two. Students then alternate between academic terms and paid work terms to the end of the degree program. Please refer to the Psychology Undergraduate Handbook for further details about the Co-op program.
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