Psychology (BSc)

Gain insights into the human brain and human behaviour by studying the biological aspects of psychology. Study significant sub-fields of psychology and take complementary science courses in the natural and life sciences. In your upper years, you can participate in hands-on research with innovative faculty. Apply your knowledge in the pharmaceutical industry, biomedical sciences or many other careers. You can combine this program with Biology, Computer Science or Neuroscience.

New for September 2023: The Bachelor of Science in Psychology program is also available at our Brantford campus. Same program, additional location.

Apply Your Learning

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you. Volunteer work, campus clubs, leadership programs, studying abroad, work experience – there are so many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world.

Here are just a few examples of the experiences you’ll have access to in the Psychology program:

  • Take the Foundations for Community Engagement and Service course to prepare yourself for Community Service-Learning placements.
  • Apply for co-op at the end of your first year.
  • Participate in the Faculty of Science Residence Learning Community to enhance your academic and social success.
  • Attend the Ontario Psychology Undergraduate Thesis Conference.

Check out the Psychology Experience and Career Guide.


2022 graduates who secured employment or went on to postgraduate studies


Laurier ranks in the top 6 percent of universities worldwide*


students who gained hands-on learning experiences at Laurier in 2022

*Center for World University Rankings (CWUR)


Format: full time or part time      Duration: four years     Start: September (fall term) or January (winter term)     OUAC code: UPS

Your Path to Medical School


Get one step closer to your medical school dreams at Laurier!

Our pathway agreement with American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) means you’re automatically granted an admissions interview to the AUC School of Medicine if you meet all academic requirements. Upon graduation, you’ll have the opportunity to write exams to practice medicine in Canada, the UK or the United States.

Program Options and Courses

Options and Minors

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:

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

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

Sample First-Year Courses

  • Introduction to Psychology I and II
  • Foundations for Community Engagement and Service
  • Biological Diversity and Evolution
  • Unifying Life Processes
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry I and II
  • Information Processing with Microcomputer Systems
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Introductory Calculus for the Natural Sciences
  • The Anatomy of Earth
  • The Surface of Earth
  • Introduction to Physical Geography

Sample Upper-Year Courses

  • Drugs and Behaviour
  • Seminar In Perception
  • Introduction to Neuropsychology
  • Research In Cognitive Neuroscience

Similar Programs


Co-op is a way to integrate what you are learning in the classroom with practical experience in your field of study. Build your resume, earn money, develop your network, and graduate with work experience.

You can apply for admission to co-op in your first year and may be eligible for an admission interview early in your second year. As a student in this program, you will be eligible to complete paid work terms lasting 12 to 16 weeks.

Interested? Learn more about co-op.

Tuition and Scholarships

Getting a university education is an investment in your future.

At Laurier, we take financial health seriously by providing a wide variety of funding opportunities for you throughout your degree, such as scholarships and bursaries, and by equipping you with the skills to manage your finances effectively in the years to come.


"Psychology professors at Laurier are passionate, approachable, knowledgeable and care a great deal about their students. The department offers plenty of opportunities to take part in research labs and research projects (sometimes having you work directly with a professor)."

Leah P., Psychology graduate

Your Career Awaits

It’s not only about the journey; it’s about the destination. Let us help you get to where you’re going.

Here are just some examples of our graduates' destinations. What’s yours?

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • academic advisor
  • addictions counsellor
  • clinical psychologist
  • community agency director
  • lawyer/paralegal
  • psychometrist
  • speech-language pathologist

Explore more careers.

Support After Graduation

Alumni for life means that you have access to Career and Employment Support offered at Laurier for your entire career.

Waterloo Campus

The Waterloo campus is tucked into about one city block, so you’re steps away from your classes, food and your new favourite study spot.

There are many ways to tour our Waterloo campus, whether that's on a guided tour with one of our Laurier student ambassadors, on your own using virtual reality, or even on-demand through one of our pre-recorded tours. See our campus spaces and start to picture yourself at Laurier.

"I enjoyed the incorporation of Community Service-Learning (CSL) courses. These courses allowed me to work with community partners and apply what I was learning in class to a real-life setting. They were also very rewarding experiences on a personal level, and I received amazing references from them."

Emily Weatherhead, Psychology graduate

Interested in More Info?

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