Psychology

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.

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Location: 
Humphrey Hall
Room number: 
225
Telephone: 
Department Head: 
W. Craig
Undergraduate Studies Chair: 
Jill L. Atkinson
Graduate Studies Coordinator: 
Hans C. Dringenberg

Degree Options

Bachelor of Science (Honours) - BScH

Specialization in Biology and Psychology
An intensive course of study with approximately two-thirds of your courses within the discipline with a combination of courses within Biology

Major in Psychology
A major is an intensive course of study in one discipline, with approximately half of your courses within the discipline with room for an optional minor in any other Arts and Science discipline.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - BAH

Major in Psychology
A major is an intensive course of study in one discipline, with approximately half of your courses within the discipline with room for an optional minor in any other Arts and Science discipline.

Medial in Psychology
A dual course of study in Psychology and any other Arts discipline.

Minor in Psychology
A minor is a less intensive course of study in the discipline that must be combined with a major in another discipline.

For a full list of Degree Plans, see the Academic Calendar

Graduate Degree Options

Psychology - PhD
Psychology - MSc

Job and Career Opportunities for Psychology Grads

Psychology occupies a remarkable position among the sciences, spanning a number of related disciplines. The natural-science branch studies basic processes of sensation, perception, memory, attention, thinking, language and behaviour. Psychologists in these areas study a wide variety of problems in humans and animals, such as the effects of brain damage or drug induced changes on behaviour, how various neurochemicals affect normal and abnormal behaviour, how our short-term memory works, or how we problem solve. The social science branch of psychology examines a wide range of problems, such as child development, personality differences, how people act in groups or organizations, and various aspects of normal and abnormal behaviour. Some students go on to complete Masters and Doctoral degrees and find research careers in academia, government and large organizations. Others stress applied aspects and become expert 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 jump off to law, public administration, education and a wide variety of careers where knowledge of human behaviour is valued.

Some of our psychology grads work in the following industries:

  • Administration
  • Addictions
  • Advertising
  • Advocacy - Patient
  • Arbitration
  • Art Therapy
  • Business Administration and Management
  • Child and Youth Care
  • Community Development
  • Conflict Resolution & Peacebuilding
  • Counselling
  • Corrections
  • Demography
  • Disabilities
  • Education
  • Events Management
  • Foreign Service
  • Forensic Investigations
  • Gerontology
  • Human Resources
  • Image Consulting
  • Immigration Services
  • Laboratory Technology
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Mediation – Family, Labour Mental Health Services
  • Neurology
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Palliative Care & Hospice
  • Paramedical Services
  • Police Work
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychometrics
  • Public Relations
  • Security Services
  • Social Work
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Rehabilitation Therapy – Music, Art, Play, Dance
  • Writing

Career paths for Psychology grads handout from Career Services >

Undergraduate Course Highlights

In PSYC 360, The Neurobiology and Psychology of Sleep, students discuss current research in the area of sleep physiology and associated disorders, with Dr. Hans Dringenberg. Students spend two full nights in Psychology’s Sleep Laboratory; one as a researcher, the other as a participant. Through engaging lectures from Dr. Dean Tripp, students learn about Positive Psychology in PSYC 335: how humans prosper in the face of adversity, where research concepts, techniques, and exercises are introduced that enhance well-being.

Undergraduate Admission for Psychology

BAH students apply to Queen’s Arts (QA) through the OUAC (Ontario Universities Application Centre) website (ouac.on.ca). Secondary School prerequisites include six 4U and 4M courses, including a minimum of three 4U courses, one of which must be ENG4U. Applicants outside of Ontario may have additional requirements.

BScH students apply to Queen’s Science (QS) through the OUAC (Ontario Universities Application Centre) website (ouac.on.ca). Secondary School prerequisites include English 4U, Advanced Functions 4U, Calculus and Vectors 4U, plus 2 of Physics, Chemistry or Biology 4U or recognized equivalents.

Psychology Research at Queen's

Queen's is one of Canada's leading research-intensive universities - a place many of Canada's most outstanding researchers call home. From the humanities and social sciences to the physical, natural, and applied sciences, researchers across all disciplines have been recognized with the nation's highest research honours.

The Psychology Department at Queen's University provides internationally renowned research programs known for: the excellence and integrity of its faculty, students and training; the innovation and value of its research, scholarship, and skill development; and the fostering of leadership in the delivery of service to the community, to the field of psychology, and to society.

Graduate Studies in Psychology

The Department of Psychology has Graduate Programs at both the M.Sc. and the Ph.D. level in four areas:

The BBCS, the Developmental, and the Social-Personality Programs are designed to emphasize research skills and scholarship, preparing students for either academic positions or for research posts in government, industry, and the like. The Clinical Program is designed to educate psychologists who will be proficient in both the scientific and clinical aspects of their profession, and who are capable of working in a variety of settings.

Queen’s University has a minimum guarantee of funding for doctoral students (in good standing) of $18,000 per academic years 1 through 4, the Department makes a concerted effort to provide support for Master’s students in years 1 and 2 (some conditions may apply). The source of this support may be Federal/Provincial fellowships, scholarships, awards, Queen’s Fellowships/Awards; teaching assistantships; research assistantships, etc.

Kelly Sparks
Graduate Studies Assistant
613-533-2872 
psycgrad@queensu.ca