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Psychology (BA)

 waterloo | Also available in brantford

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 we crave intimate relations, or how we can promote healthy child development.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) 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 two different streams in our BA 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 speech language pathology.
  • The research specialist stream (entered 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. You’ll also have the opportunity to complete an undergraduate thesis in your fourth year.

We also offer a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

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Department of Psychology

Program Highlights

  • Psychology students participate in Community Service-Learning (CSL), a mandatory component of developmental and some other psychology courses. CSL will place you into a daycare facility, school, or service organization within the Waterloo community – a great way for you to get real-world experience.
  • In your upper years, you’ll have the opportunity to become involved in the cutting-edge research of our professors.
  • Our professors are not only accomplished researchers with international reputations, but also 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
  • Community Psychology
  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Psychology of Gender
  • Personality


  • Admission range of mid-70s.
  • English at 60%.
  • One of the following: 3M Functions, 3U Functions and Relations or any 4U mathematics at 60%.
  • English calculated in admission average.
  • More admission requirements, including requirements for transfer students, are available in our admissions toolkit.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

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

Design Your Degree

These are a few of the many popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Management Option
  • Legal Studies Option
  • Education minor
  • Applied Social Research Option

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