Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2014/2015
Canadian Excellence

Honours BSc Biology and Psychology

The Honours BSc Biology and Psychology program consists of a minimum of 20.0 credits, including at least 6.0 senior BI credits and at least 6.0 senior PS credits (refer to Notes). Refer to Note 1 for progression and graduation requirements. The program may include no more than 6.0 credits at the 100 level, and must include the following:

Required courses:
BI110, BI111, BI226, BI236, BI256, BI266, BI276, BI296, and at least 3.0 senior BI credits (refer to Notes 2 and 3)
PS100* or both PS101 and PS102, PS295, PS296; 1.0 credit from PS260, PS261, PS262, PS263 and PS267; PS394, PS395; 1.0 credit from PS360, PS361, PS362, PS363 and PS367; 0.5 credit from PS460, PS461, PS462, PS463, PS465 and PS467; PS390; 0.5 credit from PS270, PS275, PS280, PS282; and at least 0.5 additional PS credits (refer to Notes 2 and 3).
CH110, CH111, CH202, CH203, CH250, CH350.
Both MA100 and MA101 (recommended) (or MA110*)
0.5 elective credit from Curriculum Division A, 0.5 elective credit from non-Psychology Curriculum Division B (refer to Curriculum Divisions).

Additional Information
 
Regulations

  1. For progression into Year 2, a GPA of at least 5.00 is required in BI110 and BI111 and a GP of at least 5.0 in PS101 and at least 5.0 in PS102 (or PS100*), and the overall GPA must be 5.00 for the Biology program and an overall GPA of 5.00 to maintain the combined program; For progression to subsequent years, the cumulative GPA must be 5.00 in Biology courses and 6.00 in Psychology courses and the overall GPA must be 5.00 for the Biology program and an overall GPA of 5.00 to maintain the combined program; For graduation, the Biology GPA must be 5.00 and the Psychology GPA must be 7.00, and the overall GPA must be 5.00 for the Biology program and an overall GPA of 5.00 to maintain the combined program.
  2. If a thesis is completed in Biology, Year 4 should include BI499‡ and 1.5 additional senior BI credits (at least 1.0 of which must be at the 400 level), plus a 0.5 credit in senior PS. If a thesis is completed in Psychology, Year 4 should include PS499*, plus 2.5 senior BI credits (at least 1.0 of which must be at the 400 level); For students not taking a thesis, Year 4 should include 2.5 senior BI credits (at least 1.0 of which must be at the 400 level), plus an additional 1.0 senior PS credit at the 300 or 400 level.
  3. For students considering graduate studies, it is recommended that a thesis (BI499‡ or PS499*) be taken in Year 4. Students wishing to take either thesis course are advised that these are limited enrolment courses; students must apply during the winter term of Year 3 to the appropriate department take these courses. Refer to the appropriate course descriptions for application details.
  4. Senior honours students are expected to attend all department seminars.
  5. The following is a suggested schedule within which all program requirements can be fulfilled:

 
Course Schedule

Year 1
BI110, BI111; both PS101 and PS102 (or PS100*); CH110, CH111, both MA100 and MA101 (recommended) (or MA110*);
0.5 elective credit from either Curriculum Division A, 0.5 elective credit from non-Psychology Curriculum Division B (refer to Curriculum Divisions)

Year 2
2.0 senior BI credits (refer to Note 4)
PS295, PS296 and two of PS260, PS261, PS262, PS263, PS267.
CH202, CH203

Year 3
1.5 senior BI credits (refer to Notes 2 and 4)
PS394, PS395; two of PS360, PS361, PS362, PS363, PS367; one of PS460, PS461, PS462, PS463, PS465, PS467.
CH250, CH350

Year 4
PS390, and one of PS270, PS275, PS280, PS282
0.5 credit non-BI, non-PS elective
Either: BI499‡, 1.5 additional senior BI credits and an additional 0.5 senior PS credit; or PS499* and 2.5 senior BI credits; or 2.5 senior BI credits and an additional 1.0 senior PS credits (refer to Notes 2 and 3).

 

Senate/Editorial Changes

Senate Deletion March 3, 2014: Program revisions; effective September 1, 2014.
Senate Revisions April 15, 2014: GPA change for Year 2;effective September 1, 2014.