3rd Year (54-83 university credits)

This page describes the Psychology program for students who have registered as a Psychology major or minor and have completed their first year and second year of studies (up to 54 credits).

At this stage you should have completed PSYC 1010 (6) with a grade of at least C.  You should also have completed your 2000-level statistics, research methods, and writing in psychology (if applicable) courses, as well as some or all of your Group 1 and Group 2 2000-level core foundational courses.  Please also read the overview of psychology programs and prerequisite information for 2nd year students (24-54 credits) if you have not already.

Please note that this page is still under construction and some information may pertain only to students who entered the program before 2017. 

It is important to note that regardless of your year of entry, as of Fall 2019, we will no longer be offering Honours Thesis (Psyc 4000) or Advanced Research in Psychology (Psyc 4170).  For the 2017-2018 academic year and the 2018-2019 academic year, only limited sections of Advanced Research in Psychology (Psyc 4170) will be offered.  If you would like to complete an individually supervised thesis, you will want to apply to the Specialized Honours Program.  More information on this program is available on our website under Degree Requirements by Program/Specialized Honours BA/BSc.

You can typically apply to the Specialized Honours program at the end of your second year (after you have completed 54 credits).  Applications are accepted from May1st to May 15th each year.  Please see the website for more information.
Understanding Prerequisites & why are they important?  

Psychology, like all sciences and other fields of scholarly enquiry, requires you to lay down a foundation of basic knowledge and skills upon which more specialized expertise may be built.   For this reason, courses at each level of the program are  designed with the assumption that students possess the skills and knowledge base laid down at the previous levels, and their objective is to advance the student to a higher level of expertise.  This cannot be done if the same early level material must be repeated at every level.
Prerequisite Maps

These tables show you the prerequisite structure graphically.    In all cases, blue arrows indicate the connection between lower level courses and the 3000 and 4000 courses for which they are prerequisites.   Tables 1, 2 & 3 show sequences for which the Foundational Courses (21/3100 and 22/3200 series) are prerequisites.   Table 4 shows the sequence of Methodology and Research courses for our various programs.  Table 5 lists upper level courses that do NOT have prerequisites other than PSYC 1010, or in the case of 4000 level courses, no prerequisites beyond PSYC 1010, PSYC 2120 or 2021 and PSYC 2030).  Please note that some 4000 level courses have more complex prerequisites and are not shown in these tables, or have co-requisites which are not included on the maps.  These courses are marked by ** on Table 3  - check the Psychology Handbook and the Courses website for details.  Please note that this information is provided for your consideration only and has note been recently updated.  Please be sure to double check the information provided for any additional prerequisites that may have been added during our program changes for 2017.

Table 1:   Developmental, Social, Health

Table 2:   Abnormal, Personality

Table 3:   Perception, Cognition, Biological Bases of Behavior

Table 4:   Methodology and Research Courses

Table 5:   Courses with few prerequisites

Choosing Courses for your 3rd Year

Before picking your courses for your 3rd year (3rd year = someone with at least 54 credits completed), you need to take stock of where you are and where you are going.  Please note that the information provided below is based on our program requirements for students who entered prior to 2017. 

(1) Are you planning to complete an Honours degree (120 credits) and is this a realistic plan for you?  Are you considering the Specialized Honours degree (120 credits) and is this a realistic plan?

(2) If you are planning to graduate with an Ordinary degree in Psychology (90 credits), what are you missing and can you complete this in time for June graduation?

(3) Are you considering completing a certificate program?  If so, please see the Undergraduate Website for more information.

1.) Is Honours realistic?

2.) Completing the 90-credit Degree – Year 3

3.) Choosing 3rd year courses for an Honours degree