X. Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Psychology (Co-op) (PSYC:C)

Department of Psychology, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences

Co-operative Education formally integrates the student's academic study with 3 work terms (COOP*1000, COOP*2000, COOP*3000) in co-operating employer organizations. The Co-op program is offered as a B.A. honours program major degree taken as one of two major options combined with 3 work terms. (Students interested in applying to graduate school in Psychology after graduation should see the Graduate Advisory Note at the end of this section.)

All Co-op students are strongly advised to complete the B.A. requirements by including in their program 3 or more courses from the listing of courses under Business Economics (BECN), to ensure that they have 1 or more courses in computer science, accounting and management, or organizational behaviour. (Business Administration is also available as a minor.)

Depending on career aspirations, students should have a good working knowledge of one or more of the following before their first work semester: quantitative methods, computer science, accounting and management, or organizational behaviour.

The first work term normally follows 3 or 4 semesters of academic study (see Section X-Co-operative Education Programs). Students must be eligible to continue in the Honours Psychology program in order to remain in the Co-op program.

Admission to the Co-op program is limited and will be based on academic background. Admission will normally be considered only at semester 1 entry or during semester 2 when the student selects courses for semester 3.

Courses designated with (H) are designed for students in a psychology honours specialization. (H) courses are Honours level requiring for registration a cumulative average of at least 70% in all course attempts in Psychology.

Major (Honours Program)

Note: When selecting core and elective credits the student should keep in mind the prerequisites for their desired 3000 and 4000 level courses. When selecting courses beyond Psychology the student should keep in mind both their second specialization and courses appropriate for potential work-term placements.

The required number of Psychology credits for the Major is 9.00. Students may choose to take up to an additional 2.00 credits in Psychology for a maximum of 11.00 credits, distributed as follows:

  • 1000 level courses: 1 credit

  • 2000 level courses: 3.5 credits

  • 3000 level courses: 3.5 credits

  • 4000 level courses: 3 credits

Semester 1 - Fall
PSYC*1000 [0.50] Introduction to Psychology
2.00 electives*
Semester 2 - Winter
COOP*1100 [0.00] Introduction to Co-operative Education
PSYC*1010 [0.50] Quantification in Psychology
PSYC*2330 [0.50] Principles of Learning
PSYC*2450 [0.50] Introduction to Developmental Psychology
1.00 electives*
Summer Semester

Optional, however if students want to progress more quickly through the program or plan to apply to graduate school after graduation then they should take PSYC*2740 and PSYC*2310. If students do not take these courses in this semester then they must complete them by the end of Semester 4.

Semester 3 - Fall
PSYC*2040 [0.50] Research Statistics
PSYC*2360 [0.50] Introductory Research Methods
Student must take 2 of the following:
PSYC*2410 [0.50] Behavioural Neuroscience I
PSYC*2390 [0.50] Principles of Sensation and Perception
PSYC*2650 [0.50] Cognitive Psychology
0.50 electives*
Winter Semester
COOP*1000 [0.00] Co-op Work Term I **
Semester 4 - Summer
1.00 Psychology credits at the 2000 or 3000 level
1.50 electives
Fall Semester
COOP*2000 [0.00] Co-op Work Term II **
Semester 5 - Winter
PSYC*3250 [0.50] Psychological Measurement
0.50 Psychology credits at the 3000 or 4000 level***
1.50 electives
Summer Semester
COOP*3000 [0.00] Co-op Work Term III **
Semester 6 - Fall
0.50 Psychology electives at the 3000 level or 4000 level***
0.50 Psychology electives at the 4000 level***
1.50 electives
Semester 7 - Winter
1.00 Psychology electives at the 4000 level***
1.50 electives
Semester 8 - Summer
2.50 electives****

* B.A. distribution requirements should be satisfied within the first 4 semesters.

** Students wanting to move more quickly through the program are recommended to take one DE course during each work term.

*** Students planning on applying to graduate school in Psychology will need to take the following courses in the corresponding semesters:

Semester 5 Winter–PSYC*3380, Semester 6–Fall–PSYC*3370, PSYC*4870, Semester 7–Winter– PSYC*4370, PSYC*4880 or PSYC*4900 in Semester 7 or 8.

***** The actual number of electives required in this semester will depend on how many additional courses the student has taken throughout the program to meet the 20.00 credit requirement.

Graduate Studies Advisory Note: Most graduate programs require the student to have at least an A- average in order to be considered for admission.

Students should note that the Honours Thesis courses are normally taken in a Fall-Winter sequence and are worth the equivalent of 1.50 credits toward the 20.00 credits Honours B.A. degree requirements.

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