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Psychology (BSc)

Psychology (BSc)

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Psychology involves the scientific study of behaviour and experience, including thinking, feeling and action.

In our Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Psychology program, you'll explore courses related to the natural, life and social sciences. This blend of courses provides a broad foundation that you can apply to everyday issues ranging from individual variations in sensation to how languages are learned and why some people crave narcotics.

Program Highlights

  • co-op-icon.jpgCo-op is available (apply after first year).
  • 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.

First-Year Courses

  • Introduction to Psychology I and II 
  • Unifying Life Processes
  • Biological Diversity and Evolution
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry I and II
  • Intro to Calculus for the Natural Sciences
  • Foundations for Community Engagement and Service
  • Mechanics for the Life Sciences
  • Thermodynamics and Waves for the Life Sciences  
  • Mechanics 
  • Thermodynamics and Waves 
  • The Anatomy of Earth 
  • The Surface of Earth
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Information Processing with Microcomputer Systems 
  • Data Structures I

Choice may be offered for a selection of these courses. For detailed information, visit Program Requirements.

Admission Requirements

We encourage applicants of all academic backgrounds to apply.

Ontario High School Curriculum

  • Minimum admission range: mid 70s.
  • Competitive admission range, based on last year’s admitted students: mid 80s.
  • 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.

Other Curriculums

Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for international curriculums, other Canadian curriculums, transfer students and more.

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.

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