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Psychology (BSc)


Psychology involves the scientific study of behaviour and experience, including thinking, feeling and action. We study human and animal psychology to learn about human behaviour – for example, how languages are learned, how memory works, why some people crave narcotics, or how the brain develops.

The Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Psychology program at our Waterloo campus is structured to ensure that students are exposed to the breadth of content that exists within the discipline, while still permitting sufficient flexibility for students to pursue their own particular interests.

We offer 2 different streams in our BSc degree: comprehensive and research specialist.

  • The comprehensive stream offers you broad exposure to the major sub-fields of psychology, and prepares you for employment or graduate studies outside of psychology such as social work, teacher’s college, law school or medical/nursing school.
  • The research specialist stream (which you can apply for at the end of your second year) offers you training in research skills, along with considerable in-depth exposure to at least two of the sub-fields of psychology and neuroscience. You’ll also have the opportunity to complete an undergraduate thesis in your fourth year.

You can combine this program with Computer Science and earn a BSc in Computer Science and Psychology, or with Biology and earn a BSc in Biology and Psychology. We also offer a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

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Program Highlights

  • Psychology BSc students have the opportunity to participate in Community Service-Learning (CSL), a component of developmental and other psychology courses. CSL will place you into service organizations within the Waterloo community.
  • In your upper years, you’ll have the opportunity to become involved in the cutting-edge research of our professors – a great way to get real-world research experience.
  • Our professors are not only accomplished researchers with international reputations, but also among the best teachers you’ll find anywhere (many have won teaching awards), who are excited to give you the education you need to pursue your goals.
  • Check out options to enhance your degree.

Sample Courses

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Drugs and Behaviour
  • Biopsychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Psychology of Gender
  • Psycholinguistics


  • Admission range of mid-70s.
  • English at 60%.
  • Advanced Functions and Biology each at 60%.
  • More admission requirements are available in our admissions toolkit.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • HL or SL Mathematics at 3.
  • HL or SL Biology at 3.
  • IB Minimum Score: 26.


What can you do with a degree in Psychology? Lots. Psychology majors often find employment in government agencies, the pharmaceutical industry, not-for-profit organizations, and a number of other areas in the private sector and government. With further education, you can also pursue careers in:

  • Law
  • Health professions
  • Policing
  • Human resources
  • Media/Public relations
  • Neuroscience researcher
  • Speech-language pathology
  • Family/school/employment counsellor

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