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Psychology (BSc)


Psychology involves the scientific study of behaviour and experience, including thinking, feeling and action. We study psychology to learn about human behaviour: how languages are learned, why some people crave narcotics or how to promote healthy child development.

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

You can earn a BSc Psychology in one of two streams:

  • Honours BSc Psychology
  • Honours BSc Psychology and Neuroscience

The Honours BSc Psychology program is a comprehensive degree that offers students a broad introduction to the science side of psychology and its relation to the other natural sciences. We study the behaviour of humans and animals to learn what determines human behaviour. For example, how languages are learned, how memory works and how some people crave narcotics.

The new program, an honours BSc in Psychology and Neuroscience combines both the science of behaviour and the study of the structure and function of human and animal nervous systems. In senior courses, students receive hands-on, practical experience with cognitive and behavioural neuroscience research.

You can also combine your BSc in Psychology to earn a degree in:

We also offer a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

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Info for Current Students

Department of Psychology

Program Highlights

  • View the Psychology experience guide and learn about the opportunities at Laurier that will help prepare you, both inside and outside the classroom, for your future career.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Sample Courses

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Drugs and Behaviour
  • Biopsychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Neuropsychology
  • Psycholinguistics


  • Admission range of mid 70s.
  • English at 60%.
  • Advanced Functions and Biology each at 60%.
  • For the BSc in Psychology and Computer Science: English, Advanced Functions at 60%, and one of: Calculus, Chemistry, Physics or Biology at 60%.
  • All prerequisite courses 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.
  • HL or SL Biology 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

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

Experiential Learning Activities:

  • Applied community research
  • Community service-learning
  • LaunchPad program
  • Research lab

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