University of Guelph

1996-97 Undergraduate Calendar


X--Degree Programs


Department of Psychology, College of Social Science

The discipline of Psychology is normally associated with the social sciences, the biological sciences, and the health professions. Specialization in Psychology at Guelph is available as a B.A. honours program major, a B.A. honours program major (co-op), and as an honours specialization in the B.Sc. program (described in the schedule of studies for B.Sc. programs). Through its different undergraduate programs, the Psychology Department attempts to provide a) a broad general education emphasizing psychological theory and methodology, with an empirical basis in course work (e.g.. experiments and projects); b) an appropriate background in psychology for those who leave the University with an undergraduate degree to embark on careers in related areas (e.g.. social services); and c) a sound preparation for graduate study in psychology.

Students intending to apply for admission to graduate programs in Psychology are advised to complete 1 of the Honours Psychology programs with credit across 2 semesters for 80-3371/2, Research Methods; and the subsequent 2 semesters of a senior research project accredited through the courses 80-487 Honours Thesis I, and 80-4881:2 Honours Thesis II.

A cumulative average of at least 70% in all course attempts in Psychology is required to enter or continue in the Honours Psychology program major in semesters 5, 6, 7, and 8.

NOTE ON HONOURS COURSES: Courses marked (H) are designed for students in a Honours Psychology program or the Information Systems and Human Behaviour program. Students in other programs wishing to take these courses must obtain the permission of the instructors concerned. Courses not designated as (H) are open to all students having the prerequisites. The department also offers an array of elective courses beyond the minimum required by the Honours Psychology program (sees Section XII, Description of Courses).

Core requirements

Each of the Psychology programs requires that students complete at least 6 of the following 200 level Psychology courses. Psychology students are advised that they are normally expected to complete at least four 200 level Psychology core courses prior to attempting any 300 level Psychology courses.

However, students should take the 300 level methodology courses 80-332 Statistical Principles in Psychological Research(H), and 80-3371/2(H), Research Methods, as early as possible, even though 4 core courses may not have been taken.

80-231 Introduction to Social Psychology
80-233 Principles of Learning
80-239 Principles of Perception
80-241 The Physiological Basis of Behaviour I
80-245 Introduction to Developmental Psychology
80-265 Introduction to Cognitive Processes
80-274 Personality

Honours Program Major

A minimum of 18 Psychology courses is required:

80-110 Principles of Behaviour
80-120 Dynamics of Behaviour
80-201 Quantification in Psychology (80-201 should normally be completed by the end of semester 3)
80-236 Introductory Research Methods (80-236 should normally be completed by the end of semester 5)
80-3371/2 Research Methods (80-236 is not intended for students contemplating proceeding to a graduate program in Psychology, as they should complete 80-3371/2 Research Methods, normally available as a Fall-Winter sequence to be completed during semester 5 and 6)
80-325 Psychological Measurement
80-332 Statistical Principles in Psychological Research (80-332 should normally be completed by the end of semester 4. Note that 80-332 is a prerequisite for 80-3371/2)
Six 200 level Psychology core courses.
Six additional courses at the 300 level or above with at least 3 courses at the 400 level.


Students intending to seek admission to a graduate program in Psychology should complete the major requirements by taking a Psychology elective replacement for 80-236 (or 80-491 for Co-op Students); at least 1 additional 300 or 400 level Psychology elective; and by taking 80-3371/2 Research Methods, 80-487 Honours Thesis I and 80-4881:2 Honours Thesis II, courses that are usually taken as a Fall-Winter sequence. These students should note that 80-4881:2 requires a 5 semester sequence of prerequisites.

Note also the regulations of the B.A. program that govern the number of courses that must be taken at the 300 level or above (see B.A. Program Regulations). With permission of the Psychology Department PRIOR to course selection, up to 2 non-psychology courses that would enhance the student's studies in Psychology, especially in preparation for post-graduate work, may be credited towards the total number of courses required for graduation in the honours program major in Psychology.

1996-97 Undergraduate Calendar
X--Degree Programs
Bachelor of Arts--B.A.

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