Honors Program

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Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Honours Psychology(60 Credits)

    Offered by:Psychology
    Degree:Bachelor of Science

Program Requirement:

Honours in Psychology prepares students for graduate study, and so emphasizes practise in the research techniques which are used in graduate school and professionally later on. Students are normally accepted into Honours at the beginning of their U2 year, and the two-year sequence of Honours courses continues through U3.

Recommended Background

It is expected that most students who enter the Honours program in Psychology will have taken introductory psychology, biology, and statistics at the collegial level. Recommended CEGEP courses include Psychology 350-101 or 350-102 or equivalent; Biology CEGEP objective 00UK, 00XU or equivalent; and Statistics (Mathematics) 201-307 or 201-337 or equivalent. Students must obtain a minimum grade of 75% in their CEGEP-level statistics course. In the first year, those students who have not taken the recommended collegial-level statistics course, or those who have obtained a grade below 75%, must take Psychology PSYC 204. Those who have not taken the recommended collegial-level biology must take BIOL 111 or BIOL 112, and those who have not taken Introductory Psychology in CEGEP must take PSYC 100.

The application is available on the Psychology Dept website at: http://www.mcgill.ca/psychology/undergraduate/current-students/research-.... The deadline is specified on the application form. Candidates will be informed of the Department's decision via email before classes begin in September.



    Program Prerequisites

    Admission to Honours is selective. Students with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.00 or better are eligible to apply; however, since enrolment is limited, the usual CGPA for admission to this program is 3.50. Students must complete 27 graded credits in their U1 academic year to be eligible to apply to the Honours program.

    Students must complete the following courses in their U1 year to be eligible to apply to the Honours program: PSYC 204, PSYC 211, PSYC 212, PSYC 213, and PSYC 215. Students are advised to complete PSYC 305 in their U1 year. Once in the Honours program, the student must obtain a GPA of 3.00 in the U2 year in order to continue in the program for U3. Honours students are encouraged to take at least 27 graded credits per academic year. This is also usually the minimum number of credits required to be eligible for fellowships and awards.



      U1 Required Courses (12 credits)

      Note: PSYC 100 may be taken as a corequisite with these basic courses.


      • PSYC 211 Intro Behavioural Neuroscience 3 Credits
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      • PSYC 212 Perception 3 Credits
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      • PSYC 213 Cognition 3 Credits
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      • PSYC 215 Social Psychology 3 Credits
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      U1 or U2 Required Course (3 credits)


      • PSYC 305 Statistics for Exper Design 3 Credits
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      U2 Required Courses (9 credits)


      • PSYC 380D1 Honours Research Project Sem 4.5 Credits
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      • PSYC 380D2 Honours Research Project Sem 4.5 Credits
          Offered in the:
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      U3 Required Course (3 credits)


      • PSYC 482 Advanced Honours Seminar 3 Credits
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      Complementary Courses (33 credits)



        12 credits to be selected from the list below and any Psychology course at the 500 level.


        • PSYC 403 Modern Psych in Hist Persp 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
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        • PSYC 483 Sem. in Exp. Psychopathology 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
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        • PSYC 495 Psychology Research Project 2 6 Credits
            Offered in the:
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        • PSYC 496 Senior Honours Research 1 6 Credits
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        • PSYC 497 Senior Honours Research 2 6 Credits
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        • PSYC 498D1 Senior Honours Research 4.5 Credits
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        • PSYC 498D2 Senior Honours Research 4.5 Credits
            Offered in the:
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        List A

        6 credits in Psychology from List A (Behavioural Neuroscience, Cognition, and Quantitative Methods).


        • NSCI 201 Intro. to Neuroscience 2 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
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        • PSYC 301 Animal Learning and Theory 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
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        • PSYC 302 The Psychology of Pain 3 Credits
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        • PSYC 306 Research Methods in Psychology 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
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        • PSYC 310 Intelligence 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
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        • PSYC 311 Human Cognition and the Brain 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
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        • PSYC 315 Computational Psychology 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
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        • PSYC 317 Genes and Behaviour 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
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        • PSYC 318 Behavioural Neuroscience 2 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
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        • PSYC 319 Computational Models-Cognition 3 Credits
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        • PSYC 329 Intro. to Auditory Cognition 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
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        • PSYC 340 Psych of Language 3 Credits
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        • PSYC 341 The Psychology of Bilingualism 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
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        • PSYC 342 Hormones & Behaviour 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
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        • PSYC 352 Res Mthds & Lab in Cog Psych 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
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        • PSYC 353 Res Mthds & Lab in Hum Percept 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
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        • PSYC 403 Modern Psych in Hist Persp 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
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        • PSYC 406 Psychological Tests 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
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        • PSYC 410 Sp Topics in Neuropsychology 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
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        • PSYC 413 Cognitive Development 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
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        • PSYC 415 EEG Laboratory in Psychology 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
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        • PSYC 427 Sensorimotor Neuroscience 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
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        • PSYC 433 Cognitive Science 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
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        • PSYC 439 Correlational Techniques 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
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        • PSYC 443 Affective Neuroscience 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
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        • PSYC 444 Sleep Mechanisms and Behaviour 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
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        • PSYC 470 Memory and Brain 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
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        • PSYC 502 Psychoneuroendocrinology 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
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        • PSYC 506 Cognitive Neuroscience of Attn 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
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        • PSYC 513 Human Decision-Making 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
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        • PSYC 514 Neurobiology of Memory 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
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        • PSYC 522 Neurochemistry and Behaviour 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
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        • PSYC 526 Advances in Visual Perception 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
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        • PSYC 529 Music Cognition 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
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        • PSYC 531 Structural Equation Models 3 Credits
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        • PSYC 537 Adv Seminar in Psych of Lang 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
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        • PSYC 538 Categoriz Communic & Consciou 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
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        • PSYC 541 Multilevel Modelling 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
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        • PSYC 545 Topics in Language Acquisition 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
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        • PSYC 560 Machine Lrng Tools: Psychology 3 Credits*
            Offered in the:
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        • PSYC 562 Measurement of Psych Processes 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
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        * 1. Students who have taken COMP 202 or COMP 204 and who have taken freshman linear algebra and calculus might instead consider taking COMP 551.
        2. Students in both psychology and computer science are strongly encouraged to take COMP 551 over PSYC 560.


        List B

        6 credits in Psychology from List B (Social, Health, and Developmental Psychology)


        • PSYC 304 Child Development 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
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        • PSYC 309 Postve Psych:Sci of Well-Being 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
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        • PSYC 328 Health Psychology 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
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        • PSYC 331 Inter-Group Relations 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
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        • PSYC 332 Intro to Personality 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
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        • PSYC 333 Personality & Social Psych 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
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        • PSYC 337 Intro to Psychopathology 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer

        • PSYC 351 Res Mthds & Lab in Soc Psych 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
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        • PSYC 408 Princip&Apps of Psychother 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
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        • PSYC 409 Positive Psychology 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
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        • PSYC 411 Discrimtn&Wellb:MargnlzdCommts 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
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        • PSYC 412 Child Dev.: Psychopathol. 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
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        • PSYC 414 Social Development 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
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        • PSYC 436 Human Sexuality & Its Problems 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
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        • PSYC 471 Human Motivation 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
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        • PSYC 473 Social Cognition and the Self 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
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        • PSYC 474 Interpersonal Relationships 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
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        • PSYC 475 Neuroscience of Social Psych 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
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        • PSYC 483 Sem. in Exp. Psychopathology 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
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        • PSYC 491D1 Adv Study:Behaviour. Disorders 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
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        • PSYC 491D2 Adv Study:Behaviour. Disorders 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
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        • PSYC 507 Emotions, Stress, and Illness 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
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        • PSYC 509 Diverse Clinical Populations 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
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        • PSYC 512 Advanced Personality Seminar 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
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        • PSYC 528 Vulnerability to Dep. and Anx. 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
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        • PSYC 530 Applied Topics in Deafness 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
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        • PSYC 535 Adv Topics in Social Psych 3 Credits
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        • PSYC 539 Adv Topics in Social Psych 2 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
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        9 credits at the 300 level or above selected from:
        Anatomy and Cell Biology (ANAT), Biochemistry (BIOC), Biology (BIOL), Chemistry (CHEM), Computer Science (COMP), Mathematics (MATH), Physiology (PHGY), Psychiatry (PYST), Psychology (PSYC).



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