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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. 


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.


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 .


This program offers students who have successfully completed three years of study with a cumulative 3.0 GPA (B average on a 4.3 scale) an opportunity to engage in a work-integrated learning partnership with organizations locally and globally. The internship program not only gives students an opportunity to apply classroom concepts to the challenges of organizational life, but also helps them to gain valuable and relevant work experience to promote networking and life-long career success.

The internship program placement equates to a minimum of 280 hours of paid or unpaid field experience. The intern’s wages, where applicable, are paid by the sponsoring organization over a contracted period. The Faculty of Social Science and Humanities may provide links to various internship placement opportunities or a student may secure an internship opportunity that meets the criteria as prescribed by that faculty. Successful work placement completion and both a verbal and written final project will result in the intern receiving a mark and three credits toward the Honours Bachelor of Science degree requirements.

Admission to the internship program is competitive. While students are participating in an internship program, they may enrol in up to two additional courses (6 credits) per semester. These courses must not interfere with the internship schedule outlined by the employer. For additional information, please refer to the course description for SSCI 4103U .

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