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.
A separate minor concentration exists for students registered in a program in the Faculty of Arts.
The Minor program for Science students requires the completion of 24 credits in Psychology, of which no more than 6 may overlap with the primary program. All courses in the Minor program must be passed with a minimum grade of C. A prerequisite to the program is PSYC 204 or equivalent.
Program Prerequisite (0-3)
Students planning to enter the Minor Psychology program are required to complete PSYC 204 Introduction to Psychological Statistics (3 credits) * or equivalent.
*Note: CEGEP students may not take PSYC 204 if they have completed Probability & Statistics or Statistics with a minimum grade of 75%.
Complementary Courses (24 credits)
3 or 6 credits selected from the following:
PSYC 211 Introductory Behavioural Neuroscience (3 credits)
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: Fall 2023
Instructors: Britt, Jon (Fall)
PSYC 212 Perception (3 credits)
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: Winter 2024
Instructors: Roy, Mathieu (Winter)
Fall 2 Lectures, 1 conference
PSYC 213 Cognition (3 credits)
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: Fall 2023, Winter 2024
Instructors: Johns, Brendan (Fall) Sheldon, Signy (Winter)
2 lectures, 1 conference
Prerequisite: One previous course in Psychology.
PSYC 215 Social Psychology (3 credits)
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 2023, Winter 2024
Instructors: Lydon, John (Fall) Hehman, Eric (Winter)
18 or 21 credits selected from Psychology courses at the 300 level or above.