University of Guelph 1998-99 Undergraduate Calendar

X--Degree Programs


Department of Psychology, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences

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 refer to the Graduate Advisory Note.

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).

Psychology Core Requirements

Each of the Psychology programs requires that students complete at least 6 of the following 200 level Psychology courses ([3.00] credits). 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(H), Statistical Principles in Psychological Research and 80-3371/2(H), Research Methods, as early as possible, even though 4 core courses may not have been taken.

80-231 [0.50] Introduction to Social Psychology
80-233 [0.50] Principles of Learning
80-239 [0.50] Principles of Sensation and Perception
80-241 [0.50] Behavioural Basis of Neuroscience, I
80-245 [0.50] Introduction to Developmental Psychology
80-265 [0.50] Introduction to Cognitive Processes
80-274 [0.50] Personality

Honours Program Major

A minimum of [9.00] credits in Psychology is required, including:

80-110 [0.50] Principles of Behaviour
80-120 [0.50] Dynamics of Behaviour
Six of the 200 level Psychology core courses:
80-201 [0.50] Quantification in Psychology (80-201 should normally be completed by the end of semester 3)
80-236 [0.50] Introductory Research Methods (80-236 should normally be completed by the end of semester 4)
80-325 [0.50] Psychological Measurement (H)
80-332 [0.50] Statistical Principles in Psychological Research (H) (80-332 should normally be completed by the end of semester 4. Note that 80-332 is a prerequisite for 80-3371/2)
80-437 [0.50] History of Psychology (H)
80-490 [0.50] Psychology Seminar (H)
[1.50] additional credits at the 300 level or above (Students electing to take 80-3371/2 will need to select only [0.50] additional elective credit at the 300 level or above in order to satisfy this requirement (see Graduate Advisory Note)
[1.00] additional psychology credit at the 400 level (see Graduate Advisory Note)


The regulations of the B.A. program that govern the number of credits 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 [1.00] non-psychology credit that would enhance the student's studies in Psychology, especially in preparation for post-graduate work, may be credited towards the total number of credits required for graduation in the honours program major in Psychology.

Graduate Advisory Note:

Most graduate programs require the student to have at least a B+ average in order to be considered for admission. Students contemplating graduate work in Psychology are strongly advised to complete the major by completing [0.50] elective credit at the 300 level or above and [0.50] elective credit at the 400 level beyond 80-487 and 80-488 which would otherwise satisfy the 300-400 level elective requirement for the major.

These students are encouraged to complete the Psychology major as follows:

  1. take 80-110 AND 80-120
  2. take six of the 200 level Psychology core courses
  3. take 80-201, Quantification in Psychologyand 80-332, Statistical Principles in Psychological Research
  4. 80-236 , Introductory Research Methods and 80-3371/2, Research Methods
  5. an additional [0.50] credit in Psychology at the 300 level or above
  6. 80-325, Psychological Measurement
  7. 80-437, History of Psychology or 80-490, Psychology Seminar
  8. a [0.50] 400 level elective
  9. 80-487, Honours Thesis I plus 80-488, Honours Thesis II. Students may wish to seriously consider taking a course in another specialized field as part of their preparation for graduate admission or graduate studies (for example, an elective in a specific subject such as Industrial Relations, Human Kinetics, Consumer Studies, Human Computer Interactions, Genetics, Mathematical Modelling, Logic or Critical Thinking Animal Behaviour, Physiology, Pharmacology, Child Studies, Linguistics, Historical Methods, Criminology, Children's Literature, Theatre for Young Audiences or a 2nd language). Students should also note that Honours Thesis is normally taken as a Fall-Winter sequence worth the equivalent of [1.50] credits toward the [20.00] credit Honours B.A. degree requirement.

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Last revised: March 16 1998.