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Joint Honours Component Psychology (36 credits)

Offered by: Psychology     Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Program Requirements

Students who wish to study at the Honours level in two Arts disciplines may apply to combine Joint Honours program components from two Arts disciplines. For a list of available Joint Honours programs, see "Overview of Programs Offered" and "Joint Honours Programs".

Joint Honours students should consult an adviser in each department to discuss their course selection and their interdisciplinary research project (if applicable).

Students should note that awarding of the Joint Honours degree will depend on both cumulative grade point average and a minimum grade of B on PSYC 380D1/PSYC 380D2, PSYC 482. "First Class Honours" is awarded to students who obtain a minimum CGPA of 3.50 and a minimum grade of A- in the required honours courses (i.e: PSYC 380D1/D2, PSYC 482). "Honours" is awarded to students with a minimum CGPA of 3.00 and a minimum grade of B in the required honours courses.

In addition to the requirements of the Joint Honours Component Psychology, students must also complete all requirements of their other Joint Honours component.

Admission to the Joint Honours component is selective. Students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher are eligible to apply; however, normally only students with a U1 GPA above 3.50 are admitted. Students must complete a minimum of 27 graded credits in two terms in their U1 year to be eligible to apply. Once in the Joint Honours component, students must obtain a GPA of 3.00 in the U2 year in order to continue in the program for U3. Students in the Joint Honours component are encouraged to complete a minimum of 27 graded credits per academic year. This is also the minimum number of credits required to be eligible for fellowships and awards.

Students may apply to the Joint Honours component upon completion of the U1 year. Eligible students must have completed the following Psychology courses: PSYC 204, PSYC 211, PSYC 212, PSYC 213 and PSYC 215. Students are advised to complete PSYC 305 in their U1 year.

Applications can be obtained from the Undergraduate Office of the Department of Psychology, Room N7/9A, Stewart Biological Sciences Building. The applications must be completed and returned to the Undergraduate Office by August 1 for September admission. Candidates will be informed of the Department's decision via email before classes begin in September.

Program Prerequisites

Students planning on entering the Joint Honours Component Psychology program are required to complete Introductory Psychology; a course in Human Biology is strongly recommended.

Students who have not previously completed Psychology 350-101 or 350-102 in CEGEP are required to register for PSYC 100 during their U1 year.

Bachelor of Arts students who have not completed one of Biology 101-301, 101-401, 101-911 or 101-921 in CEGEP should complete one of BIOL 115, BIOL 111 or BIOL 112 during their U1 year. Students who enter as Freshmen may take these courses in U0.

  • BIOL 111 Principles: Organismal Biology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : An introduction to the phylogeny, structure, function and adaptation of unicellular organisms, plants and animals in the biosphere.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Andrew Hendry, Rajinder S Dhindsa, Rudiger Krahe (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 2 hours lecture and 3 hours laboratory
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken CEGEP objective 00UK or equivalent; or BIOL 115.
    • This course serves as an alternative to CEGEP objective code 00UK
    • May require departmental approval.
    • Open to all students wishing introductory biology.
    • Attendance at first lab is mandatory to confirm registration in the course.
    • This class will use a Student Response System (clicker) which can be obtained from the Bookstore.
  • BIOL 112 Cell and Molecular Biology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : The cell: ultrastructure, division, chemical constituents and reactions. Bioenergetics: photosynthesis and respiration. Principles of genetics, the molecular basis of inheritance and biotechnology.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Joseph Alan Dent, Frieder Schöck (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 2 hours lecture and 3.5 hours laboratory/seminar
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking CEGEP objective 00XU or equivalent; or BIOL 115; or AEBI 122
    • Attendance at first lab is mandatory to confirm registration in the course.
  • BIOL 115 Essential Biology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : An introduction to biological science that emphasizes the manner in which scientific understanding is achieved and evolves and the influence of biological science on society. Topics will include cell structure and function, genetics, evolution, organ physiology, ecology and certain special topics that change from year to year.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Tamara Western, Sarah Woolley (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lecture
    • Prerequisites: none.
    • Restrictions: Open only to non-Science students; not open to students who have had BIOL 111, BIOL 112, or equivalents.
  • PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Introduction to the scientific study of mind and behavior, including basic concepts and methods in psychology while also highlighting the relevance of psychology to everyday life; attachment, aggression, depression, parenting and personality change.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Jens Pruessner (Fall) Jens Pruessner (Summer)

    • Fall
    • 2 lectures; 1 conference
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have passed an Introductory Psychology course in CEGEP: 350-101 or 350-102 or equivalent

U1 Required Courses (18 credits)

* Advising note for PSYC 204: Students who have completed in CEGEP either Mathematics 201-307 or 201-337 or equivalent, or the combination of Quantitative Methods 360-300 with Mathematics 201-300, and who obtained a minimum grade of 75%, are exempt from the U1 required course PSYC 204.

Bachelor of Arts students will replace this requirement with 3 credits at the 300 level in one of the following disciplines: Psychology (PSYC), Anthropology (ANTH), Linguistics (LING) or Sociology (SOCI).

Bachelor of Arts and Science students will replace this requirement with 3 credits in Psychology at the 300-level or above.

** Note: PSYC 305 may be taken in U1 or U2.

  • PSYC 204 Introduction to Psychological Statistics (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The statistical analysis of research data; frequency distributions; graphic representation; measures of central tendency and variability; elementary sampling theory and tests of significance.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Rhonda N Amsel (Fall) David J Ostry (Winter)

    • Fall and Winter
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have passed a CEGEP statistics course(s) with a minimum grade of 75%: Mathematics 201-307 or 201-337 or equivalent or the combination of Quantitative Methods 300 with Mathematics 300
    • This course is a prerequisite for PSYC 305, PSYC 406, PSYC 310, PSYC 336
    • You may not be able to receive credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar.
  • PSYC 211 Introductory Behavioural Neuroscience (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : An introduction to contemporary research on the relationship between brain and behaviour. Topics include learning, memory and cognition, brain damage and neuroplasticity, emotion and motivation, and drug addiction and brain reward circuits. Much of the evidence will be drawn from the experimental literature on research with animals.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Yogita Chudasama (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 2 lectures
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 111, 112 or 115, PSYC 100 or equivalent
  • PSYC 212 Perception (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Perception is the organization of sensory input into a representation of the environment. Topics include: survey of sensory coding mechanisms (visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, gustatory), object recognition, spatial localization, perceptual constancies and higher level influences.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Evan Balaban (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 2 lectures; 1 conference
  • PSYC 213 Cognition (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Where do thoughts come from? What is the nature of thought, and how does it arise in the mind and the brain? Cognition is the study of human information processing, and we will explore topics such as memory, attention, categorization, decision making, intelligence, philosophy of mind, and the mind-as computer metaphor.

    Terms: Winter 2013, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Jelena Ristic (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 2 lectures, 1 conference
    • Prerequisite: One previous course in Psychology.
  • PSYC 215 Social Psychology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The course offers students an overview of the major topics in social psychology. Three levels of analysis are explored beginning with individual processes (e.g., attitudes, attribution), then interpersonal processes (e.g., attraction, communication, love) and finally social influence processes (e.g., conformity, norms, roles, reference groups).

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    Instructors: John Lydon (Fall) John Lydon (Winter)

    • Fall and Winter
    • 3 lectures
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken PSYC 330, MGCR 221 or SOCI 216
  • PSYC 305 Statistics for Experimental Design (3 credits) **

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : An introduction to the design and analysis of experiments, including analysis of variance, planned and post hoc tests and a comparison of anova to correlational analysis.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Heungsun Hwang (Fall) Rhonda N Amsel (Winter)

    • Fall and Winter
    • Prerequisite: PSYC 204 or equivalent
    • This course is required of all students who propose to enter an Honours or Major program in Psychology
    • You may not be able to receive credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar.

U2 Required Courses (9 credits)

  • PSYC 380D1 Honours Research Project Seminar (4.5 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : First laboratory research project.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Yogita Chudasama, Barbara Sherwin (Fall)

    • 3 hour seminar
    • Restriction: For U2 honours students only. Requires departmental approval.
    • Students must register for both PSYC 380D1 and PSYC 380D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both PSYC 380D1 and PSYC 380D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • PSYC 380D2 Honours Research Project Seminar (4.5 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : See PSYC 380D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Yogita Chudasama, Barbara Sherwin (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: PSYC 380D1
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both PSYC 380D1 and PSYC 380D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

U3 Required Course (3 credits)

  • PSYC 482 Advanced Honours Seminar (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Ethical issues in scientific and clinical psychology, scientific psychology and social policy; and other issues.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Fred H Genesee, Caroline Palmer (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 2 lectures, plus student presentations, debates, and discussions.
    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken 204-480D. For Honours students only.

Complementary Courses (6 credits)

3 credits in Psychology at the 300 level or above, and
3 credits in Psychology at the 400 or 500 level.

Faculty of Arts—2012-2013 (last updated Dec. 20, 2012) (disclaimer)