The Psychology B.Sc. Honours degree program was designed for students who are interested in pursuing graduate training in science areas of psychology (e.g., cognitive, neuropsychological, and biological influences on behaviour). Each year the Department of Psychology and Health Studies admits a maximum of 30 students into the Honours Program. These admissions are done on a competitive basis and students with averages below 80% (for all courses taken in Psychology) are normally not accepted into the program.

Students must have completed at least 60 credit units (i.e., 2 full years of undergraduate study) before applying for admission to the Honours B.Sc. Program in Psychology, and normally apply for entry to the Honours’ program at the end of their third year of study. The deadline to apply is May 31. Formal admission requires: (1) application for Honours admission made on a form available from the Undergraduate Student Office, College of Arts and Science; (2) letter of intent for the Honours’ thesis identifying a potential faculty supervisor available from the Department’s main office; and (3) completion of at least one 300-level A and one 300-level B course in Psychology.

No more than 6 credit units from one subject may be used in Requirements C1, C2, and the Junior Course Requirements in C3. An exception will be made to this rule to allow a student to choose to take 9 credit units in the same subject to fulfill the English Language Writing and Indigenous Learning Requirements (in the C1 College Requirement). Students who make this choice will be required to take 3 additional credit units of Fine Arts Program Type, Humanities Program Type, Social Science Program Type, or Arts and Sci No Program Type courses, in a different subject, within the C5 Electives Requirement.

C1 College Requirement (15 credit units)

English Language Writing

Choose 6 credit units from the following:

  • ANTH 302.3
  • ANTH 310.3
  • ANTH 405.3
  • ANTH 421.3
  • CMRS 110.3
  • CMRS 111.3
  • CPSJ 203.3
  • ENG 110.6
  • ENG 111.3
  • ENG 112.3
  • ENG 113.3
  • ENG 114.3
  • ENG 120.3
  • ENG 210.3
  • ENG 211.3
  • ENG 212.3
  • ENG 213.3
  • ENG 394.3
  • ESL 116.3
  • HIST 115.3
  • HIST 125.3
  • HIST 135.3
  • HIST 145.3
  • HIST 155.3
  • HIST 165.3
  • HIST 175.3
  • HIST 185.3
  • HIST 193.3
  • HIST 194.3
  • MUS 155.3
  • PHIL 115.3
  • PHIL 120.3
  • PHIL 121.3
  • PHIL 133.3
  • PHIL 208.3
  • PHIL 233.3
  • POLS 236.3
  • POLS 237.3
  • RLST 280.3
  • RLST 362.3

Indigenous Learning

Choose 3 credit units from the following:

  • ANTH 202.3
  • ANTH 480.3
  • ARCH 350.3
  • DRAM 111.3
  • ENG 242.3
  • ENG 243.3
  • ENG 335.3
  • ENG 338.3
  • GEOG 465.3
  • HIST 195.3
  • HIST 257.3 (may only be used if taken in 2022-23 or later)
  • HIST 266.3
  • HIST 315.3
  • HIST 316.3
  • INDG 107.3
  • LING 253.3
  • PLAN 445.3
  • POLS 222.3
  • INDG — 200-Level, 300-Level, 400-Level

Quantitative Reasoning

Choose 3 credit units from the following:

Choose 3 credit units from the following:

C2 Breadth Requirement (3 credit units)

Choose 3 credit units from the following areas:

  • ART 110.3
  • ART 111.6
  • ART 112.6
  • ART 136.3
  • ART 141.3
  • ART 151.3
  • ART 152.3
  • ART 161.3
  • ARTH 120.3
  • ARTH 121.3
  • DRAM 101.3
  • DRAM 108.3
  • DRAM 110.3
  • DRAM 111.3
  • DRAM 113.3
  • DRAM 118.3
  • DRAM 119.3
  • DRAM 121.3
  • MUS 101.3
  • MUS 102.3
  • MUS 104.3
  • MUS 111.3
  • MUS 112.3
  • MUS 120.2
  • MUS 121.2
  • MUS 125.1
  • MUS 133.3
  • MUS 134.3
  • MUS 155.3
  • MUS 156.3
  • MUS 175.3
  • MUS 184.3

  • Any senior-level fine arts course provided that the prerequisite is met.

  • ARBC 114.3
  • ARBC 117.3
  • CHIN 114.3
  • CHIN 117.3
  • CLAS 110.3
  • CLAS 111.3
  • CMRS 110.3
  • CMRS 111.3
  • CREE 101.6
  • CREE 110.3
  • DENE 110.3
  • ENG 110.6
  • ENG 111.3
  • ENG 112.3
  • ENG 113.3
  • ENG 114.3
  • ENG 120.3
  • ESL 115.3
  • ESL 116.3
  • FREN 103.3
  • FREN 106.3
  • FREN 122.3
  • FREN 125.3
  • FREN 160.3
  • FREN 218.3
  • GERM 114.3
  • GERM 117.3
  • GRK 112.3
  • GRK 113.3
  • HEB 114.3
  • HEB 117.3
  • HIST 115.3
  • HIST 125.3
  • HIST 135.3
  • HIST 145.3
  • HIST 155.3
  • HIST 165.3
  • HIST 175.3
  • HIST 185.3
  • HIST 193.3
  • HIST 194.3
  • HIST 195.3
  • HNDI 114.3
  • HNDI 117.3
  • JPNS 114.3
  • JPNS 117.3
  • LATN 112.3
  • LATN 113.3
  • LING 110.3
  • LING 113.3
  • LING 114.3
  • LIT 110.3
  • LIT 111.3
  • MUS 101.3
  • MUS 111.3
  • MUS 112.3
  • PHIL 110.6
  • PHIL 115.3
  • PHIL 120.3
  • PHIL 121.3
  • PHIL 133.3
  • PHIL 140.3
  • RLST 111.3
  • RLST 112.3
  • RLST 113.3
  • SNSK 114.3
  • SNSK 117.3
  • SPAN 114.3
  • SPAN 117.3
  • UKR 114.3
  • UKR 117.3
  • WGST 112.3

  • Any senior-level humanities course provided that the prerequisite is met.
  • CLAS 101, CLAS 103, CLAS 104, CLAS 105, CLAS 107 and CLAS 203 may not be used to fulfill the Humanities requirement.

  • ANTH 111.3
  • ARCH 112.3
  • ARCH 116.3
  • ECON 111.3
  • ECON 114.3
  • GEOG 130.3
  • GEOG 150.3
  • HLST 110.3
  • INDG 107.3
  • LING 111.3
  • LING 112.3
  • LING 113.3
  • LING 114.3
  • POLS 110.3
  • POLS 111.3
  • POLS 112.3
  • PSY 120.3
  • PSY 121.3
  • SOC 111.3
  • SOC 112.3
  • WGST 112.3

  • Any senior-level social science course provided that the prerequisite is met.
  • Statistics courses in social sciences are not eligible for use in this requirement (e.g. PSY 233, PSY 234, SOC 225 and SOC 325).

  • CPSJ 112.3
  • CPSJ 203.3
  • INTS 110.3
  • INTS 111.3
  • INTS 380.3

C3 Cognate Requirement (21 credit units)

Junior course requirements:

Senior course requirements (6 credit units):

Choose 3 senior credit units from the following:

C4 Major Requirement (60 credit units)

  • PSY 120.3
  • PSY 121.3 (PSY 120 and 121 were formerly PSY 110)

Psychology Statistics/Research Methods Courses

Choose 9 credit units from the following:

Note: Though not recommended, other courses from the Statistics Course Regulations may be used in lieu of PSY 233 and/or 234. In the case that a student takes another course(s) to meet this requirement, the other course(s) will be used toward fulfillment of the C5 Electives Requirement, and the student will be required to replace PSY 233/234 in the C4 Major Requirement with another senior PSY course(s).

  • PSY 233.3
  • PSY 234.3
  • PSY 235.3

Psychology Group 2 (Science) Courses (21 credit units)

Choose 6 credit units from the following:

  • PSY 242.3
  • PSY 243.3
  • PSY 246.3
  • PSY 252.3
  • PSY 253.3
  • PSY 255.3
  • PSY 256.3

Group 2A

Choose 3 credit units from the following:

  • PSY 347.3
  • PSY 355.3

Group 2B

Choose 3 credit units from the following:

  • PSY 348.3
  • PSY 356.3

Group 2 400-level courses

Choose 6 credit units from the following:

  • PSY 448.3
  • PSY 456.3

Group 2 at the 200 level or higher

Choose 6 credit units from the following:

  • PSY 242.3
  • PSY 246.3
  • PSY 252.3
  • PSY 253.3
  • PSY 255.3
  • PSY 256.3
  • PSY 347.3
  • PSY 348.3
  • PSY 355.3
  • PSY 356.3
  • PSY 448.3
  • PSY 456.3

Choose 3 credit units from the following:

Honours Thesis (6 credit units)

  • PSY 473.6

Psychology Group 1 (Social Science) courses (6 credit units)

Choose 6 credit units from the following:

  • PSY 207.3
  • PSY 213.3
  • PSY 214.3
  • PSY 216.3
  • PSY 222.3
  • PSY 223.3
  • PSY 224.3
  • PSY 225.3
  • PSY 226.3
  • PSY 227.3
  • PSY 230.3
  • PSY 231.3
  • PSY 236.3
  • PSY 257.3
  • PSY 260.3
  • PSY 261.3

Senior Psychology Courses

Choose 6 credit units from the following:

  • PSY — 200-Level, 300-Level, 400-Level

C5 Electives Requirement (21 credit units)

Arts and Science courses, or those from other Colleges that have been approved for Arts and Science credit, to complete the requirements for 120 credit unit Honours program, of which at least 66 credit units must be at the 200-level or higher.

If you require further assistance, please contact the Arts and Science Undergraduate Student Office.

Students are advised to consider the courses listed in the Senior Course Requirements in C3, as well as the following:

Suggested Sequence of Courses

Year 1

  • 6 credit units toward additional C1 requirements
  • BIOL 120.3
  • BIOL 121.3
  • CHEM 112.3
  • CMPT 140.3 or CMPT 141.3
  • MATH 110.3 or MATH 125.3
  • PHYS 115.3
  • PSY 120.3 and PSY 121.3 (formerly PSY 110)

Year 2

  • 6 credit units PSY Group 1 (Social Science) courses at the 200 level
  • 6 credit units PSY Group 2 (Science) courses at the 200 level
  • 3 credit units toward additional C1 requirements
  • 3 credit units toward C2, C3 and C5 requirements
  • MATH 164.3 (formerly 264.3)
  • PSY 233.3
  • PSY 234.3
  • PSY 235.3

Year 3

  • 6 credit units PSY Group 2 (Science) courses at the 300 A level
  • 3 credit units senior PSY courses
  • 3 credit units PSY Group 2 (Science) courses at the 300 B level
  • 18 credit units toward C2, C3, or C5 requirements.

Year 4

  • 3 credit units senior PSY courses
  • 6 credit units PSY Group 2 (Science) courses at the 200 level or higher
  • 6 credit units PSY Group 2 (Science) courses at the 400 level
  • 9 credit units toward C2, C3, and C5 requirements
  • PSY 473.6