Psychology (PSYC)

Psychology (PSYC)



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About Psychology

About Psychology

The Department of Psychology offers programs in both Arts and Science. All B.A. programs in Psychology can be found in Faculty of Arts > Undergraduate > Academic Programs > Psychology (PSYC).

Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. It is both a social and a biological science.

  • As a social science, psychology examines the social nature of human beings and the influence that culture, group membership, and relationships have on individual personality, thought, and behaviour.
  • As a biological science, psychology seeks to identify the neural basis of human behaviour, both directly, through the study of humans, and indirectly, through the study of other species.

The data of psychology are collected within the psychological laboratory by the use of experimental methods in the study of behaviour, and outside the laboratory by systematic observation of the behaviour of humans and animals. The aim is to formulate general principles of perception, learning, motivation, cognition, and social psychology that are relevant to different aspects of human life. Experimentation, laboratory techniques, observational procedures, measurement, and statistical methods are important tools of the psychologist.

Psychology has many interdisciplinary aspects. The study of psychological problems often involves knowledge drawn from other disciplines such as biology, physiology, linguistics, sociology, philosophy, and mathematics. For this reason, a student with varied interests can frequently find a place for these in psychology.

Psychology is a young science, so explanations of the processes underlying observed phenomena are often theoretical and speculative. The major objectives of psychological study are to reduce the discrepancy between theory and fact and to provide better answers about why humans think and behave as they do.

Undergraduate Studies

Although a number of undergraduate courses in psychology have applied implications, applied training is not the purpose of the undergraduate curriculum. Its purpose is to introduce the student to an understanding of the basic core of psychological knowledge, theory, and method, regardless of questions of practical application.

The B.Sc. or B.A. with a Major or Honours degree in psychology is not a professional qualification; it does not qualify the individual to carry on professional work in psychology. In the province of Quebec, the minimum requirement for membership in the Order of Psychologists, the professional association governing the work of psychologists in the province, is a doctoral degree. However, the Order also has a number of undergraduate course requirements that you should consult in planning your degree if you ultimately hope to apply for membership in the Order of Psychologists of Quebec. All students planning to practise in the province of Quebec will also be examined on their proficiency in French before being admitted to the professional association. Undergraduate courses in psychology may prove of considerable value to students planning careers in professional fields other than psychology. These include, but are not restricted to, medicine, education, social work, human communication sciences, and business and industry.

The essential differences between the Honours and the Major program are an emphasis on research methodology courses and practice in the Honours program, and that higher academic standards are required of Honours students. Honours students also have an opportunity to work in small groups closely with staff members.

Graduate Studies

Students who are interested in psychology as a career must pursue graduate studies. Persons who hold graduate degrees in Psychology, usually the Ph.D., may find employment in universities, research institutes, hospitals, community agencies, government departments, large corporations, or may act as self-employed consultants. At the graduate level, psychology has many specialized branches including social psychology, physiological psychology, experimental psychology, clinical psychology, child psychology, industrial psychology, community psychology, educational psychology, and others.

Requirements for admission to graduate studies in Psychology vary from one university to another and from one country to another. Nonetheless, both the Honours and Major degrees in Psychology may qualify the student for admission to many graduate schools, provided that sufficiently high grades are obtained and, in some cases, that research experience has been obtained. During the U2 year, undergraduate students are strongly advised to verify the admission requirements of various graduate programs. This is to ensure that sufficient time is available for students to complete all necessary requirements for admission to their preferred graduate programs.

Information Meetings for New Students

Information Meetings for New Students

All new students entering the Psychology undergraduate program should attend an information meeting prior to registration. Newly admitted students from CEGEPs should attend the information session in June. There will be an identical information session in August for all other students and for any CEGEP students who could not attend the earlier meeting. Please check the Psychology Department website for the specific dates at: Students accepted into a Bachelor of Arts program must attend a different information meeting. (For details, see Faculty of Arts > Undergraduate > Academic Programs > Psychology (PSYC).) At this meeting, Paola Carvajal, the Academic Adviser, will explain the requirements of the Department's programs. Incoming students will have an opportunity to ask questions and receive advice on how to plan their courses. After this meeting, students will make appointments for individual advising sessions.

Entering students can bring a copy of their collegial transcript(s). They will also need access to this eCalendar and a preliminary Class Schedule before their individual advising session.

Students entering the Psychology program in January are strongly encouraged to visit the Academic Adviser, Paola Carvajal, in early December to clarify their course selections.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2015-2016 (last updated Aug. 17, 2015) (disclaimer)

Psychology (PSYC) Faculty

Psychology (PSYC) Faculty

John Lydon
Emeritus Professors
Frances E. Aboud; B.A.(Tor.), M.A., Ph.D.(McG.)
Albert S. Bregman; M.A.(Tor.), Ph.D.(Yale)
Don C. Donderi; B.A., B.Sc.(Chic.), Ph.D.(Cornell)
Virginia I. Douglas; B.A.(Qu.), M.A., M.S.W., Ph.D.(Mich.)
Keith B.J. Franklin; B.A., M.A.(Auck.), Ph.D.(Lond.)
Fred H. Genesee; B.A.(W. Ont.), M.A., Ph.D.(McG.)
A.A.J. Marley; B.Sc.(Birm.), Ph.D.(Penn.)
Ronald Melzack; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.), F.R.S.C. (E.P. Taylor Emeritus Professor of Psychology)
Peter M. Milner; B.Sc.(Leeds), M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)
James O. Ramsay; B.Ed.(Alta.), Ph.D.(Princ.)
Barbara B. Sherwin; B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(C'dia)
Yoshio Takane; B.L., M.A.(Tokyo), Ph.D.(N. Carolina)
Yuriko Oshima-Takane; B.A.(Tokyo Women's Christian Univ.), M.A.(Tokyo), Ph.D.(McG.)
Norman M. White; B.A.(McG.), M.S., Ph.D.(Pitt.)
Andrew G. Baker; B.A.(Br. Col.), M.A., Ph.D.(Dal.)
Mark Baldwin; B.A.(Tor.), M.A., Ph.D.(Wat.)
Irving M. Binik; B.A.(NYU), B.H.L.(Jewish Theological Seminary), M.A., Ph.D.(Penn.)
Blaine Ditto; B.S.(Iowa), Ph.D.(Ind.)
Richard F. Koestner; B.A., Ph.D.(Roch.)
Daniel J. Levitin; A.B.(Stan.), M.S., Ph.D.(Ore.) (James McGill Professor)
John Lydon; B.A.(Notre Dame), M.A., Ph.D.(Wat.)
Jeffrey S. Mogil; B.Sc.(Tor.), Ph.D.(Calif.-LA) (E.P. Taylor Professor of Psychology and Canada Research Chair in Genetics of Pain)
Debbie S. Moskowitz; B.S.(Kirkland), M.A., Ph.D.(Conn.)
Karim Nader; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Tor.) (James McGill Professor)
David J. Ostry; B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., Ph.D.(Tor.)
Caroline Palmer; B.Sc.(Mich.), M.Sc.(Rutg.), Ph.D.(Cornell) (Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuropsychology of Performance)
Michael Petrides; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Lond.), Ph.D.(Cant.) (joint appt. with Neurology and Neurosurgery)
Robert O. Pihl; B.A.(Lawrence), Ph.D.(Ariz.)
Thomas R. Shultz; B.A.(Minn.), Ph.D.(Yale)
Michael J.L. Sullivan; B.A.(McG.), M.A., Ph.D.(C'dia) (Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Health)
Donald M. Taylor; B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(W. Ont.)
Debra Titone; B.A.(NYU), M.A., Ph.D.(SUNY, Binghamton) (Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience of Language and Memory)
David C. Zuroff; B.A.(Harv.), M.A., Ph.D.(Conn.)
Associate Professors
Evan S. Balaban; B.A.(Mich. St.), Ph.D.(Rockefeller)
Heungsun Hwang; B.A.(Chung-Ang Univ.), Ph.D.(McG.) (William Dawson Scholar)
Baerbel Knaeuper; Dipl., Dr. phil.(U. of Mannheim), Dr. phil. habil.(Free Univ., Berlin)
Morton J. Mendelson; B.Sc.(McG.), A.M., Ph.D.(Harv.)
Gillian A. O'Driscoll; B.A.(Welles.), M.A., Ph.D.(Harv.)
Kristine Onishi; B.A.(Brown), M.A., Ph.D.(Ill.)
Maria Pompeiano; M.D., Ph.D.(Pisa)
Zeev Rosberger; B.Sc.(McG.), M.A., Ph.D.(C'dia) (part-time)
Assistant Professors
Jennifer A. Bartz; B.A.(C'dia), M.A., Ph.D.(McG.)
Jonathan Britt; B.A.(Colo. Coll.), Ph.D.(Chic.)
Yogita Chudusama; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Cardiff Univ.)
Melanie Dirks; B.A.(McM.), M.S., M.Phil., Ph.D.(Yale)
Fei Gu; B.S.(Shanghai), M.S., Ph.D.(Kansas)
Jelena Ristic; B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(Br. Col.)
Signy Sheldon; B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D.(Tor.)
David Vachon; B.Sc. M.S., Ph.D.(Purd.)
Hsiu-Ting Yu; B.S.(Taiwan), M.S., M.A., Ph.D.(Ill.-Urbana-Champaign)
Paola Carvajal; B.Sc.(C'dia), M.A.(McG.)
Rhonda Amsel; B.Sc., M.Sc.(McG.) (Associate)
Ian F. Bradley; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Tor.), Ph.D.(Wat.) (Assistant)
Elizabeth Foley; B.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.) (Assistant)
Judith LeGallais; B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(McG.) (Faculty Lecturer)
Jennifer Russell; B.A., Ph.D.(McG.) (Assistant)
Marco Sinai; B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D.(C'dia) (Assistant)
Stephen Stotland; B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(McG.) (Assistant)
Associate Members
Clinical Research Institute of Montreal: Terence J. Coderre
Douglas Hospital: Jorge Armony, Suzanne King, Martin Lepage, Jens Pruessner, Maria Natasha Rajah, Howard Steiger
Institute of Health and Social Policy, McGill: Frank Elgar
Jewish General Hospital: David Dunkley, Brett Thombs, Phyllis Zelkowitz
Montreal Neurological Institute: Alain Dagher, Lesley Fellows, Daniel Guitton, Marilyn Jones-Gotman, Brenda Milner, Edward Ruthazer, Wayne Sossin, Viviane Sziklas, Robert Zatorre
Psychiatry: Marco Leyton, Amir Raz
Schulich School of Music: Stephen McAdams
Vision Research Unit (Ophthalmology): Curtis Baker, Robert Hess, Frederick A.A. Kingdom, Kathleen Mullen
Adjunct Professors
M. Bruck; B.A.(Wheaton), M.A., Ph.D.(McG.)
P. Delise; B.Sc., M.Ps., Ph.D.(Montr.)
S. Harnard; B.A.(McG.), M.A.(McG.), M.A., Ph.D.(Princ.)
Z. Pleszewski; M.A., Ph.D.(Poznan)
Andrew Ryder; B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D.(Br. Col.)
P. Zelazo; B.A.(Amer. Int'l. Coll.), M.S.(N. Carolina), Ph.D.(Wat.)
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2015-2016 (last updated Aug. 6, 2015) (disclaimer)

Admission Requirements to the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) – Honours Psychology

Admission Requirements to the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) – Honours Psychology

Applications are available on the Psychology Department's website under “Courses” at The deadline is specified on the application form. Candidates will be advised of the Department's decision via email before classes begin in September.

Students should note that awarding of the Honours degree will depend on both the cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and a minimum grade of B on PSYC 380D1/PSYC 380D2 and PSYC 482.

First Class Honours is awarded to students who obtain a minimum CGPA of 3.50, a minimum program GPA of 3.50, and a minimum grade of A- in the required Honours courses, namely PSYC 380D1/PSYC 380D2 and PSYC 482.

Honours is awarded to students with a minimum CGPA of 3.00, a minimum program GPA of 3.00, and a minimum grade of B in the required Honours courses, namely PSYC 380D1/PSYC 380D2 and PSYC 482. Moreover, the awarding of the Honours degree normally requires completion of two full years of study, U2 and U3, in the Honours program. Students with particularly strong academic records may be admitted for the U3 year only on the basis of their marks and research experience. These students must complete all Honours program requirements.

For more information, see Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Honours Psychology (60 credits).

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2015-2016 (last updated Aug. 6, 2015) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Minor Psychology (24 credits)

A minor program in Psychology is available to students registered in any B.Sc. program other than Psychology. This program is intended to complement a student's primary field of study by providing a focused introduction to specialized topics in psychology. ...

For more information, see Minor Psychology (24 credits).

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Liberal Program - Core Science Component Psychology (45 credits)

This Core Science Component Psychology requires the completion of 45 credits in Psychology, all of which need to be passed with a minimum grade of C. A prerequisite to the program is PSYC 100 or equivalent. Students completing a Liberal Program with a Core Science Component Psychology must also complete at least one breadth component in a second area.

For more information, see Liberal Program - Core Science Component Psychology (45 credits).

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Major Psychology (54 credits)

Students majoring in Psychology must obtain a minimum grade of C in all 54 credits of the program. A grade lower than C may be made up by taking another equivalent course (if there is one), by successfully repeating the course, or by successfully writing a supplemental examination (if there is one).

For more information, see Major Psychology (54 credits).

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

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.

For more information, see Honours Psychology (60 credits).

Faculty of Science—2015-2016 (last updated Aug. 17, 2015) (disclaimer)
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