Psychology occupies a remarkable position among the sciences, spanning a number of related disciplines. The natural-science branch studies basic processes of cognition and behavoural neuroscience including sensation, perception, learning, memory, attention, emotion, thinking, language, motor control and behaviour. Psychologists in these areas study a wide variety of problems in humans and other animals, such as the effects of brain damage or drug induced changes on behaviour, how various neurochemicals affect normal and abnormal behaviour, mechanisms of memory or motor control, how our short-term memory works, or how we solve problems. Students in these areas usually complete a 4-year B.Sc. (Honours) degree with Psychology as a major concentration or as a medial in combination with Biology, and a foundation in math and other science subjects (e.g. biology, chemistry). A proportion of BScH Majors go on to complete Master and Doctoral degrees and carve out research careers in academia or other institutions, such as drug companies. Still others pick up the necessary courses during their undergraduate studies to apply to a variety of professional programs, such as medicine, speech pathology or physiotherapy.
The social science branch of psychology examines a wide range of phenomena, such as child development, personality differences, health-related behaviour, how people act in groups or organizations, and various aspects of normal and abnormal behaviour. Students with a social science orientation generally complete a 4-year B.A.(Honours) degree. Some students then complete Masters and Doctoral degrees and find research careers in academia, government, or industry. Others pursue further applied aspects and become experts in areas such as the treatment of abnormal behaviour or in personnel selection. Still others who do not go to graduate school use their undergraduate degree as a basis for applying into the fields of law, public administration, policy, education and a wide variety of careers where knowledge of human behaviour and research methods is valued.
It should be noted that while both B.Sc. (Honours) and B.A. (Honours) students differ somewhat in the courses they take and the problems they study, there is a great deal of overlap and both complete the same basic training in scientific psychology (e.g. research design, statistics).
At Queen's we offer basic and applied courses in clinical, developmental and social psychology, as well as the neurosciences. PSYC 100 provides a broad exposure to the discipline, and is taught by a team of professors renowned for their teaching skills.
Arts Concentrations: No specific high school course is required. Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U) is recommended
Cognitive Science concentration: 4U Geometry and Discrete Mathematics or recognized equivalents
Other Science Concentrations: At least two of: 4U Chemistry, OAC Calculus or Advanced Functions and Introductory Calculus, and OAC Algebra and Geometry or Geometry and Discrete Mathematics or recognized equivalents required; 4U Biology or recognized equivalents strongly recommended
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