Jul 17, 2018  
University of Alberta Calendar 2016-2017 
University of Alberta Calendar 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Honors in Psychology [Science]

The Department offers courses leading to the degrees of BSc and BA with Honors in Psychology. Students wishing to emphasize the physical, biological, and mathematical sciences should enrol in the BSc program; those wishing to emphasize the humanities and social sciences should enrol in the BA program. Either program is appropriate for students considering postgraduate training in psychology or in other fields that require these research skills.

Admission into the Honors program is permitted after completion of a minimum of ★48. Final acceptance into the Honors program is dependent upon obtaining approval from a potential research supervisor prior to August 31.

Continuation in and graduation from the Honors Psychology program require successful completion of ★24 with a minimum GPA of 3.3 in each Fall/Winter Term. Exceptions to this requirement must be approved by both the Department of Psychology and the Faculty of Science. In addition, students must present a minimum of ★48 (but no more than ★66 senior) in Psychology courses and a minimum of ★72 in Science courses. A student's program of courses must be approved in advance each year by the Honors Psychology advisor.

Year 2


  • ★6 from approved courses offered by the Departments of Anthropology, Economics, Linguistics, Political Science and/or Sociology
  • ★6 in approved Science options

Year 4


  1. In addition to the courses specifically listed above, the program must include, among the student's optional courses, a minimum of ★12 in one or more disciplines relevant to Psychology, e.g., ANTHR, BIOL, CHEM, CMPUT, ECON, GENET, LING, MATH, NEURO, PHIL, PHYS, PHYSL, PMCOL, POL S, SOC, STAT, ZOOL. These courses may not overlap those used to fulfil the Computing/Mathematics/Statistics, Natural Science and Social Science requirements listed above.
  2. Under the supervision of a faculty member in the Department of Psychology, students undertake a year-long research apprenticeship (PSYCO 390 ) during the third year and conduct and write an empirical thesis (PSYCO 490 ) during the fourth year. Third-year students present their thesis research proposals, and fourth-year students present the results of their thesis research at the annual Honors Psychology Conference in April.
  3. Credit in SCI 100 will be considered equivalent to BIOL 107 , BIOL 108 , CMPUT 174 , PSYCO 104 , MATH 114 , MATH 115  and ★9 approved Science options (see details of courses ).
  4. Credit in SCI 151  will be considered equivalent to STAT 151  and ★3 Science option.

Science Internship Program

A Science Industrial Internship Program, similar to a co-op program, is offered to students in the General, Specialization or Honors programs in Psychology (see Science Internship Program  for guidelines to the program). The Science Internship designation will appear on the degree parchments of students who have participated in the program and who have also successfully completed PSYCO 410 .