Degree PlansCourses of InstructionCourse Lists

J.Atkinson, R.J.Beninger, L.Booij, C.Bowie, M.Castelhano, M.Chivers, W.Craig, H.C.Dringenberg, L.Fabrigar, G.C.Fekken, S.A.Fitneva, R.Flanagan, K.Harkness, R.R.Holden, T.Hollenstein, J.Jacobson, L.-J.Ji, E.Kelley, V.A.Kuhlmeier, R.C.L.Lindsay, T.MacDonald, A.W.MacLean, J.Menard, D.J.K.Mewhort, K.G.Munhall, M.C.Olmstead J. Popink, C.F.Pukall, M.Sabbagh, D.Tripp, N.Troje, D.Wilson

Departmental Notes
Subject Code    PSYC
World Wide Web Address  
Head of Department    TBA
Departmental Office    Humphrey Hall, Room 232
Departmental Telephone    613-533-2874
Undergraduate Office    Humphrey Hall, Room 225
Undergraduate Telephone    613-533-2493
Undergraduate E-Mail Address
Chair of Undergraduate Studies    J.Atkinson
Coordinator of Graduate Studies    H.C. Dringenberg


Psychology can be divided broadly into two branches:  natural science and social science.  In the natural science branch, you will learn about basic processes of cognition and behavioural neuroscience, including the effects of brain damage or drug-induced changes on behavior, how various neurochemicals affect normal and abnormal behavior, mechanisms of memory, motor control, and how we solve problems.  The social science branch of psychology focuses on child development, personality differences, how people act in groups or organizations, health-related behaviours, and various aspects of normal and abnormal behavior.  Three plans are available that will lead to a B.Sc.(Hons.) degree: the Major (Science) in Psychology and two interdisciplinary Plans, the Biology-Psychology Specialization (see the Biology portion of this Calendar) and the Cognitive Science Specialization (see the Computing portion of this Calendar).  Three Plans are available that lead to a B.A.(Hons.):  the Major (Arts), Medial (Arts), and Minor/General (Arts).  Students in all Honours plan are required to complete courses in both the social and natural science branches for breadth, as well as core courses in statistics and research design.
Departmental Policies

PSYC 100 Requirement
PSYC 100/6.0 is a prerequisite for all other psychology courses.  It can only be waived if a student has completed a similar advanced high school (AP, IB) or college level introductory psychology course.

Online Course Examination Requirement
All online courses in Psychology shall have a proctored final examination and a student cannot pass an online course without passing the final examination.

Examination Absence
If a student has received instructor permission to defer an examination, they must register with the Undergraduate Office and be available to write the examination on the department’s deferred examination day.  Procedures for requesting a deferred examination and the deferred examination schedule can be found on the Psychology undergraduate website.  

Special Study Opportunities
Advanced Topics Courses
Information on the topics for Advanced and Special Topics courses are posted at

Graduate Courses
Requests for permission to register in certain graduate courses from especially well-qualified fourth-year honours students will be considered where space permits.  Students desiring such consideration or more information should consult with the Undergraduate office in Psychology.