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April 17, 2014
 
 
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Psychology



Psychology at Laurier 

Students drawn to psychology typically have an intrinsic interest in people and their relationships. Some want to become clinicians or other types of hands-on helpers, and see psychology as a good educational foundation for careers in education or social work. Others are interested in the biological aspects of psychology and want to pursue advanced training in behavioural neurosciences

You can also study Psychology at Laurier Brantford

Program variations  

There are four honours programs in Psychology at Laurier. The BSc options have a larger science component than the BA.

 

  • Honours BA Psychology
  • Honours BSc Psychology
  • Honours BSc Psychology and Biology
  • Honours BSc Psychology and Computer Science

If you choose to pursue a BA or BSc in Psychology, you must select one of two streams

 

  • Comprehensive 

Designed to expose you to a breadth of topics, this stream will prepare you for employment or graduate studies outside of psychology, such as social work, teacher’s college, law school, and medical or nursing school (BSc)

  • Research Specialist

This stream provides the opportunity to complete an undergraduate thesis in year four, required for many graduate programs in psychology and other areas of study. 

Honours BA Psychology
(Comprehensive)
  • covers major subfields of psychology
  • includes training in research methodology and statistics
  • requires at least one community service-learning placement
Honours BA Psychology
(Research Specialist)
  • covers major subfields of psychology
  • provides specialized training in research skills, including methods, design, statistics and computer skills
Honours BSc Psychology
(Comprehensive)
  • covers major subfields of psychology
  • includes some specialization in biological aspects of psychology
Honours BSc
(Research Specialist)
  • covers the brain, behaviour and cognitive science areas of psychology and one or more of the natural sciences
  • provides specialized training in research skills, including methods, design, statistics and computer skills
  • includes two mandatory research experience courses and at least two senior seminar courses and may include a thesis 

Program highlights

 

  • Community Service-Learning (CSL) is a mandatory component of developmental psychology courses. CSL involves the placement of undergraduate students into service organizations within the community, such as
    • a soup kitchen
    • a psychiatric ward in a hospital
    • facilities for children with developmental problems
    • neighbourhood associations
    • a Special Olympics chapter
    • daycare and preschool centres
    • elementary schools, middle schools, high schools
    • retirement homes and elder care facilities 
  • With more than 30 professors — most of them accomplished researchers, many with international reputations — we are able to offer a wide range of courses to give you the education you need as you pursue your goals. We actively promote excellence in teaching, and many of our professors have won teaching awards.

Courses offered 

Popular courses

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Community Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Psychology of Gender
  • Personality

Admission requirements 

Program 4U Requirements  IB Requirements  Admission Range 
Honour BA Psychology

English at 60%;

One of 3U Functions & Relations, 3M Functions or any 4U mathematics at 60% 

HL or SL English at 4;

HL or SL Mathematics at 4 

Mid - high 70s

IB Minimum score: 28  

Honours BSc Psychology 

English at 60%; 

Advanced Functions at 60%;

Biology at 60%*

*Combined minimum average of 70% in 4U Math and Science courses.

HL or SL English at 4;

HL or SL Biology at 4;

HL or SL Mathematics at 4 

Mid - high 70s

IB Minimum score: 28
Honours BSc Psychology & Biology

English at 60%; 

Chemistry at 60%;

Advanced Functions at 60%;

Biology at 70%*

*Combined minimum average of 70% in 4U Math and Science courses.

HL or SL English at 4;

HL or SL Biology at 4;

HL or SL Chemistry at 4;

HL or SL Mathematics at 4 

Mid - high 70s

IB Minimum score: 28
Honours BSc Psychology and Computer Science

4U English at 60%; 

Advanced Functions 60%

One of Calculus & Vectors, Chemistry, Physics or Biology* at 60%

*Combined minimum average of 70% in 4U Math and Science courses.

HL or SL English at 4;

One of HL or SL Biology, Chemistry or Physics at 4;

HL or SL Mathematics at 4

Mid 70s

Career 

What can you do with a degree in Psychology? Lots. 

Psychology majors often find employment in government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and a plethora of other areas in the private sector and government. With further education, psychology graduates can pursue careers in law, teaching, policing, human relations, the media, public relations, counselling, speech-language pathology or social work.

Student experience 

 

0000Giacomin.jpgThe science behind our thoughts, behaviours and actions has always intrigued psychology student Miranda Giacomin.“I wanted to learn more about typical human behaviour and why people do the things they do,” she says of her choice to major in psychology. 

Some of her favourite aspects of the Psychology program are the smaller class sizes and the approachable professors. It was this same welcoming atmosphere that Giacomin found in Laurier when she was searching for the right university. “I love being able to walk into my classes and know who everyone is,” she says. “And I loved that Laurier was a small, but hugely-spirited, school.” 

Apart from studying, Giacomin works as a research assistant for the psychology department and helps out at the Laurier Writing Centre as a writing tutor. She was also the new initiatives executive for the 2009-2010 Shinerama campaign. This position really excited Giacomin because it gave her the opportunity to exercise her creativity and leadership skills in planning and implementing a new promotional campaign in the Waterloo community. 

Upon graduation, she hopes to complete her master’s degree and PhD in Social Psychology.

Faculty experience 

000Foster.jpgSometimes, Dr. Mindi Foster will deliberately fail all the women in her labs, but pass all the men. She’s not playing some kind of bizarre prank, however. It’s an experiment to see if the women recognize they’re being discriminated against, and to see what they’ll do about it. 

Foster, who regularly teaches first-year psychology and the psychology of gender, has been drawn to research and women’s issues ever since she took her first statistics course.“I started in history,” she says, but “I fell in love with research after doing a small study on whether gender predicted certain personality traits. I thought it was the coolest thing ever!”

Foster has written or co-written numerous academic papers, with titles such as “The effects of meritocracy beliefs on women’s well-being and first-time gender discrimination” and “Reactions to affirmative action: seeking the bases for resistance.” She reflects that, “in social psychology, we look at how social factors such as the environment and culture and gender affect behaviour.”

Alumni experience 

00000JohnKrohn.jpgTo say Jon Krohn made the most of his four years at Laurier would be an understatement. Krohn, who graduated with a double major in biology and psychology, maintained top marks while participating in an astonishing number of extracurricular and volunteer activities throughout his undergrad years 

He was the executive producer of Laurier Musical Theatre’s production of Batboy; he was a teaching assistant in biology and managing editor of The Cellulae, a newspaper produced by Laurier biology students; and he was active in the Faculty of Science mentoring program, the Animal Care Committee, the STEP Council and the Psychology Society.

On top of that, he earned the Faculty of Science’s President’s Scholarship two years in a row — just one of the many awards and scholarships he collected during his time at Laurier. “I enjoy researching how information from multiple sensory systems — vision, hearing, touch — are integrated coherently and then represented as a singular conscious experience.” 

Krohn is now pursuing graduate studies at England’s prestigious University of Oxford, where he’s enrolled in a four-year neuroscience MSc and DPhil (the Oxford equivalent of a PhD) program