Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2006/2007
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:
BI100*, and at least 6.0 senior BI credits (refer to Notes 2, 3, 4 and 5).
PS100*, PS295, PS296; 1.0 credit from PS260, PS261, PS262 and PS263; PS394 (formerly PS396), PS395; 1.0 credit from PS360, PS361, PS362 and PS363; 0.5 credit from PS460, PS461, PS462, PS463 and PS465; PS390; 0.5 credit from PS270, PS275, PS280, PS282; and at least 0.5 additional PS credits (refer to  Notes 2, 3 and 4).
CH110, CH111, CH202, CH203, CH250, CH350, MA105, MA122
A minimum of a 0.5 credit from Curriculum Division A
A minimum of a 0.5 non-Psychology credit from Curriculum Division B

Notes:

  1. For progression into Year 2, a GPA of at least 4.00 is required in BI100* and a GPA of 6.00 is required in PS100*, and the overall GPA must be 4.00 for the Biology major and an overall GPA of 5.00 to maintain the combined program; For progression to subsequent years, the cumulative GPA must be 4.00 in Biology courses and 6.00 in Psychology courses and the overall GPA must be 4.00 for the Biology major and an overall GPA of 5.00 to maintain the combined program; For graduation, the Biology GPA must be 4.00 and the Psychology GPA must be 7.00, and the overall GPA must be 4.00 for the Biology major and an overall GPA of 5.00 to maintain the combined program.
  2. Until 2006/07, if a thesis is completed in Biology, Year 4 should include BI490* and 2.0 additional senior BI credits (at least 1.0 of which must be at the 400 level), plus a 0.5 credit in senior PS. BI399 is not available to students taking BI490*; 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. Starting in 2007/08, 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. Students are reminded that BI399 is a prerequisite for BI499‡; 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.
  4. For students considering graduate studies, it is recommended that a thesis (BI490* (until 2006/07), BI499‡ (starting in 2007/08), 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.
  5. At least 2.0 senior BI credits must include a lab and/or field work component.
  6. Senior honours students are expected to attend all department seminars.
  7. The following is a suggested schedule within which all program requirements can be fulfilled:

Additional Information
 
Course Schedule

Year 1
BI100*, PS100*, CH110, CH111, MA105, MA122;
A minimum of a 0.5 credit from Curriculum Division A
A minimum of a 0.5 credit from Curriculum Division B

Year 2
2.0 senior BI credits (refer to Note 5)
PS295, PS296 and two of PS260, PS261, PS262, PS263.
CH202, CH203

Year 3
1.5 senior BI credits (refer to Notes 3 and 5)
PS394, PS395; two of PS360, PS361, PS362, PS363; one of PS460, PS461, PS462, PS463, PS465.
CH250, CH350

Year 4
PS390, and one of PS270, PS275, PS280, PS282
0.5 credit non-BI, non-PS elective
Either: BI490*, 2.0 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, 3 and 4).