The undergrduate academic advisors at Laurier Brantford are available to help you navigate program and course requirements and can assist you in creating an academic plan to meet your needs. You can make appointments with them at any time of year.
First, however, carefully read the Program Requirements. Not only does that page tell you what courses you need to take, it addresses the difference between the Comprehensive Honours BA offered at Laurier Brantford and the Research Specialist Honours BA and BSc offered at Laurier Waterloo.
Also check the frequently asked questions below to see if they answer your queries.
What grades do I need to get to stay in the program?
To stay in the Comprehensive Honours BA or Combination BA program after first year, you need to have a grade point (GP) of 5.0 (i.e., C) in introductory psychology (i.e., PS101 + PS102 as of the 2010/11 academic year, PS100 prior to that), and a 5.0 in your overall grade point average (GPA).
To progress from Year 2 to Year 3, you need a GPA of 6.0 in your Psychology courses and an overall GPA of 5.0. Similarly, to progress from Year 3 to Year 4, you need a GPA of 6.0 in your Psychology courses and a 5.0 overall GPA.
You must have a GPA of 7.0 (B-) in your Psychology courses to graduate.
If you are interesting in transfering to the Research Specialist program on the Waterloo campus after your second year, see Program Requirements.
What grade do I need in my classes to make it to a GPA of 7.0?
That depends on over how many credits you're spacing the GPA of 7.0. The maximum credits in Psychology you can have is 11.0. So a GPA of 7.0 over 11.0 credits is 7 x 11 grade points = 77. In other words, 77 grade points is your goal. Then calculate how many grade points you have, which is your GPA (found on LORIS, or use the GPA Calculator) times the number of credits you have.
For example, if you have a 6.15 GPA over 6.5 credits, you currently have 39.97 grade points. Subtract what you have from your goal: 77 - 39.97 = 37.03. In other words, you have to attain 37.03 grade points over an additional 4.5 credits (11-6.5=4.5). So you'd need a little over 4 grade points per course, assuming each course is weighted as a half credit (4.5 credits = 9 courses). So you divide the grade points you need by the number of courses you have left to take (37.03/9=4.11).
What if I am placed into General No Designation?
Help! I'm getting Loris error messages!
Service Laurier should be able to help you out. Email email@example.com or call 519.756.8228 x5885.
If the issue is non-technical (i.e. you’re missing a prerequisite or are in the wrong year level for a course you want to take), you will have to fill out the Psychology Override Form. Filling out the form does not guarantee entry into the course.
Do I have what I need to graduate? Am I on the right track?
What do I need to transfer from Laurier to another institution? How do I transfer from Psychology at Laurier to another department at Laurier?
What should I do if I want to take courses outside of Laurier?
How do I declare a minor?
Can I switch programs if I decide I don't like what I'm doing?
What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?
What can I do with my degree in psychology?
What do I need to get into graduate school?
That depends on the school. The Canadian Psychological Association has a lot of great information. If you go to the most recent Graduate Guide on the site, you will find details on all the graduate programs offered in Canada and what their admission requirements are. If you find a program you like, be sure to check the official university website for up to date requirements. Then make sure you are getting those requirements while completing your program here.
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