Major in Psychology

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6.0 Course Module CHECKLIST
Purpose of Major Module: To provide a thorough grounding in the principles of Psychology for students who are interested in a career in fields such as business, education, law, the health sciences, social work, and other related disciplines.
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FIRST YEAR Requirements:

To be eligible for admission to the Major Program, students must complete 3.0 first-year courses, including both of Psychology 1002 AND Psychology 1003 (or Psychology 1000), with a final grade of at least 60%; plus 0.5 course Data Science 1000A/B plus 0.5 course from the following list:  Calculus 1000A/B, 1301A/B, 1500A/B, 1501A/B, Mathematics 1225A/B, 1228A/B, 1229A/B, 1600A/B, Applied Mathematics 1201A/B, or the former Statistical Sciences 1024A/B.   Mathematics 1228A/B is recommended.

NOTE: The Math credit must be completed prior to taking Psych 2801F/G and Psych 2811A/B.


1.       Psych 1002+1003 (or Psych 1000)

2.       0.5 Data Sci.1000 + 0.5 First Yr Math

3.       Other Year 1 courses            

4.       Other Year 1 courses

5.       Other Year 1 courses                 

Module Requirements


0.5 course Psych 2801F/G

0.5 course Psych 2811A/B

0.5 course in Psychology numbered 2100-2299.

0.5 course in Psychology numbered 2300-2799.

1.0 courses in Psychology numbered 2000-2999.

0.5 course in Psychology numbered 3100-3299.

0.5 course in Psychology numbered 3300-3799.

1.0 courses in Psychology numbered 2100-2999.

0.5 course in Psychology numbered 3100-3999.

0.5 course in Psychology numbered 3100-4999.

CAUTION:  If you are fulfilling your 2nd year Statistics requirement in the Psychology module with a 2nd year statistics course taught in another department that is antirequisite to Psychology 2811A/B then you MUST replace the 0.5 credit with an additional 0.5 credit in Psychology that you are not using elsewhere in the module. In other words, you need fully 6.0 pure Psychology credits at the second year level and higher for the Psychology Major.

Subsidiary Courses:  9.0 other courses.  If you are also doing a module in another subject area, then that module’s courses would be amongst these 9.0 courses.  Depending on which other module you plan on completing, you may be able to take additional Psychology courses outside of the 6.0 minimum required by the Psychology Major Module.  See third “Note” below.



Progression Requirements: student must maintain a minimum cumulative average of 60% among the Psychology Major Module courses.

YEAR 2, 3 and 4


6. Psych 2801F/G + Psych 2811A/B

7. Psych 2100-2299 + Psych 2300-2799

8. Electives or Other Module

9. Electives or Other Module

10. Electives or Other Module


11. Psych 2000-2999 (two 0.5 credit)

12. Psych 3100-3299 + Psych 3300-3799

13. Electives or Other Module

14. Electives or Other Module

15. Electives or Other Module


16. Psych 2100-2999 (two 0.5 credit)

17. Psych 3100-3999 + Psych 3100-4999

18. Electives or Other Module

19. Electives or Other Module

20. Electives or Other Module

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Students who initially major in Psychology but wish later to apply to an Honours Specialization should shadow the module that they eventually wish to enter.

NOTE: A maximum of 7.0 credits can be at the 1000-level.  That is to say that for a 4-year degree a minimum of 13.0 credits of the minimum of 20.0 total credits MUST be at a Senior level (ie. numbered 2000 or higher). If a student exceeds 7.0 credits at the 1000-level, then they must exceed the 20.0 total credits by the same number of 1000-level credits that they have in excess of 7.0 credits.  For instance, if a student has 8.5 credits at the 1000 level, then they will need a minimum total of 21.5 credits in order to graduate from a 4-year degree (8.5 credits at the 1000 level + 13.0 credits at the Senior level = 21.5 total credits). 

NOTE:  No more than 14.0 courses in one subject may be counted among the 20.0 successfully completed courses used to fulfill graduation requirements.  If taking more than 7.0 courses in Psychology (including the first-year level Psychology), students need to consider any impact this may have on their plans for completing a module in another subject area. 

NOTE:  Students who complete two Major modules with a 70% average in each, and with no mark below 60% in either module plus no mark below 50% in the non-Major optional or subsidiary courses may be eligible for an Honours Double Major Bachelor degree.

Please note that this is the Psychology component of your degree only.  For information on complete degree requirements, please refer to the official Western Academic Calendar.  

All degrees require 1.0 Social Science course (A), 1.0 Arts & Humanities course (B), 1.0 Science course (C) and 2.0 essay courses.