Academic Advising/ FAQ's
Academic Advising/ FAQ's
PSYCHOLOGY UNDERGRADUATE ACADEMIC ADVISING
We have two undergraduate Academic Advisors.
For ungergraduate students with their last name beginning with A to K your Academic Advisor is: Dr. M. Gwynn
For undergraduate students with their last name beginning with L to Z your Academic Advisor is: Dr. N. Kocovski
Any questions not answered on our Academic Counselling page: http://www.wlu.ca/page.php?grp_id=44&p=1029 you can contact the advisor.
Please DO NOT contact Dr. Gwynn or Dr. Kocovski directly but use the Psychology Advising email address: firstname.lastname@example.org or Kim Susanna at email@example.com. This helps us keep all the emails in the right place.
YOU MUST USE YOUR @mylaurier.ca ACCOUNT AND YOU MUST INCLUDE YOUR ID NUMBER IN YOUR EMAIL and the reason you need to see the advisor.
To make an appointment with the advisors, please contact Kim Susanna at firstname.lastname@example.org who will make the appointment with the advisor assigned to you.
BEFORE MAKING AN APPOINTMENT FOR ACADEMIC COUNSELLING, CAN YOU FIND THE INFORMATION YOU NEED BELOW?
If not, please contact the psychology office room N2006 or call ext. 3665 to book an appointment.
NOTE: During certain times of year the appointments fill up quickly and you may have to wait a week or so to get an appointment.
1. Iím a high school student interested in Laurierís Psychology program. What do I need to take?
depends on which program you want. The links below shows you the high school
requirements for the various Psychology programs (Bsc: Biology/Psychology;
Computer Science/Psychology, Psychology; BA: Psychology)
BSc degrees: Click Here
BA degrees: Click Here
2. What if I don't have the correct Math to get into Psychology?
Answer: There are several possibilities to make up the appropriate math. First, view Question 1 to see which math is required. Then, you could take an online math course at a place like www.virtualhighschool.com or, take a night course at an adult learning centre (e.g., St. Louis Adult Learning Centre), or, take any 1st year math here at Laurier. Note, the latter may be a harder alternative, but it will also serve to meet part of your Division C requirement.
3. Which degree should I takeĖthe BA or the BSc?
Answer: Most graduate schools (even Medical schools) look for an honours degree rather than requiring one degree over the other. For example, Medical schools require a degree plus certain science courses, which can be done as electives in either degree. Your best strategy is to research the types of schools/careers you want to find their requirements before you choose your degree. You will likely see that most graduate schools will accept either degree, and as such, choose the degree you have confidence you will do well inĖif you compromise your GPA by choosing a degree you might not necessarily need, you risk your acceptance into graduate school anyway.
4. Can I switch programs if I decide I donít like what Iím doing?
Answer: Yes, if you have the correct course requirements (see questions 1, 2, 8) and GPA. During program selection time (see Registrar's Office website for exact dates) in March, you will be able to select the program you want on LORIS. Then when final grades have been submitted and requirements are checked, the Registrar's Office will officially switch you.
5. I am placed into General No Designation.
Answer: If you were in psychology but were placed into the General No Designation degree due to unmet GPA requirements, you will not be able to take PS295, PS296 or 3rd year courses until you have met GPA requirements and have been re-admitted into the program. You can take other 2nd year psychology courses to mirror the degree as much as possible until you are re-admitted.
6. I am placed into Honours Science.
Answer: If you were in Psychology and placed into the Honours Science program due to unmet Psychology Progression requirements you will not be able to take PS295, PS296 or 3rd year courses until you have met GPA requirements and have been re-admitted into the program. You can take other 2nd year psychology courses to mirror the degree as much as possible until you are re-admitted.
7. What is a GPA and how do I calculate mine?
More useful grading information:
8. What grade do I need in my classes to make it to a GPA of 7?
Answer: That depends on how many credits you're spacing the GPA of 7 over. The
maximum credits in psychology you can have is 11. So a GPA of 7 over 11 credits is 7 x 11 grade points = 77. In other words, 77 grade points is your goal. Then calculate how many grade points you have, which is your GPA (found on LORIS, or use the GPA calculator) X the number of credits you have. For example, if you have a 6.15 GPA over 6.5 credits, you currently have a 39.97 grade points. Subtract what you have from your goal: 77 - 39.97 = 37.03. In other words, you have to attain a 37.03 grade points over an additional 4.5 credits (11-6.5=4.5). So you'd need a little over 4 grade points/course.
Laurier GPA Calculator click here
9. What is
the difference between Comprehensive and Research Specialist?
Answer: Most students enter Psychology in the Comprehensive program (exceptions: Biology/Psychology, Computer Science/Psychology). You will remain in this program for two years. In March of your second year (see the Registrarís Office website for information on Program Selection dates), you will indicate whether you want to remain in Comprehensive or change to Research Specialist. Thus, in third year your courses will change to the Research Specialist requirements if youíve chosen that program. With the Research Specialist degree you are will complete additional research courses and have the opportunity to do an honours thesis. This degree provides you with the widest range of opportunities as it trains you in a wider skill set (logic, research, presentation skills) and allows the opportunity to do an honours thesis, which is required for graduate school in psychology. The Comprehensive degree is sufficient for admittance into graduate schools that do not require an honours thesis (e.g., Social Work, Speech Pathology, Medical school, Law school etc.)
10. What courses do I need to take for my degree?
Answer: We have created Printable Program outlines that you can use to keep tabs on what requirements you have met, and which you still need to complete.
BA Comprehensive/ Research Specialist (this outline shows both, as you need the same requirements in the first two years, and then you choose between the two for years 3,4 ):
BSc Comprehensive/Research Specialist (this outline shows both, as you need the same requirements in the first two years, and then you choose between the two for years 3,4 ): http://www.wlu.ca/docsnpubs_detail.php?grp_id=44&doc_id=51226
BSc Computer Science/Psychology:
BSc Computer Science/Psychology & Cognitive Neuroscience Stream: http://www.wlu.ca/docsnpubs_detail.php?grp_id=44&doc_id=51230
11. Help! Iím getting Loris Error Messages...?
12. What do I need to know about doing an Honours Thesis?
Answer: Before making an appointment, go over your Printable Program outline to see if youíve met the requirements, and check the Degree Evaluation program on Loris. It red flags the requirements you have not yet met.
14. What do I
need to transfer from Laurier to another institution? How do I transfer from
Psychology at Laurier to another department at Laurier.
Answer: This is a question for the institution to which you want to transfer. You have to contact them. Similarly, you have to contact the department to which you want to transfer
15. How do I declare a Minor?
Answer: A minor is declared when you complete your Application to Graduate form: http://www.wlu.ca/convocation. You should research the requirements for your minor, located on that departmentís website. Take the courses necessary, then, you declare the minor when you apply to graduate.
16. What should I do if I want to take courses outside of Laurier?
Answer: You need to find the course outline (not just the description, but the whole outline. If itís not easily available online, contact the department or professor for a copy. The previous yearís outline is sufficient if the current one is not available) and attach it to the Letter of Permission form to be submitted to the Registrarís office:
17. What if I want to take a course at University of Waterloo?
18. What do I need to get into graduate school?
Answer: That depends on the school. Www.cpa.ca
(Go to the ďstudent linkĒ, then ďgraduate guideĒ) provides the requirements for
every graduate school in psychology in Canada. Search this document for
programs you might be interested in, and their requirements, then, make sure
you are getting those requirements while completing your program here. Other
useful links: http://mygraduateschool.com/advisorlinks.htm
Career Services (on campus) can also help with graduate school:
19. What do I need to know about the Graduate Record Examination?
Services can also help:
20. What can I do with a psychology degree?
Answer: Again, Career Services can help you narrow down your career paths, with resume writing etc.: http://navigator.wlu.ca/career/home.htm
For Psychology career paths see: http://navigator.wlu.ca/career/student/planning/discipline/psychology.htm
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