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Each of the departments in the Faculty of Science is committed to providing the best possible information and guidance to students for their academic programs. We strongly encourage students enrolling in Year 1 of any Psychology programs to take advantage of individual advising and information sessions held each year from June and July during the Faculty of Science Headstart program.
Continuing students in Psychology programs seeking course and program advice should contact the department's academic advisors.
- Undergraduate students with last names beginning with A to K: Assistant Professor Max Gwynn
- Undergraduate students with last names beginning with L to Z: Associate Professor Mindi Foster
Contact (regardless of last name):
- Email: email@example.com
- Tel: 519.884.0710 x3665
To book an appointment or for general inquiries, contact Undergraduate Program Assistant Kim Susanna.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tel: 519.884.0710 x3664
Information about the academic advising available in the Faculty of Science through the dean's office and the other departments in the faculty can be found at Faculty of Science Academic Advising.
First, however, check the program requirements and frequently asked questions below to see if they answer your queries.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which degree should I take – the BA or the BSc?
Can I switch programs if I decide I don’t like what I’m doing?
I am placed into General No Designation. What does this mean?
I am placed into Honours Science. What does this mean?
What is a GPA and how do I calculate mine?
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 is the difference between Comprehensive and Research Specialist?
Most students enter Psychology in the Comprehensive program (exceptions: Biology/Psychology, Computer Science/Psychology). You will remain in this program for two years. In March of your second year (see Enrolment Services for information on program selection dates), you will indicate whether you want to remain in Comprehensive or change to Research Specialist. Thus, in third year your courses will change to the Research Specialist requirements if you’ve chosen that program.
With the Research Specialist degree, you will complete additional research courses and have the opportunity to do an honours thesis. This degree provides you with the widest range of opportunities as it trains you in a wider skill set (logic, research, presentation skills) and allows the opportunity to do an honours thesis, which is required for graduate school in psychology.
The Comprehensive degree is sufficient for admittance into graduate schools that do not require an honours thesis (e.g., social work, speech pathology, medical school, law school etc.)
Need more details?
What courses do I need to take for my degree?
What should I do if I want to take courses outside of Laurier?
You need to find the course outline (not just the description, but the whole outline. If it’s not easily available online, contact the department or professor for a copy. The previous year’s outline is sufficient if the current one is not available) and attach it to the Letter of Permission Form to be submitted to Enrolment Services.
For more information, or if you'd like to take a course at the University of Waterloo, see Taking Courses at Another University.
Can I take more than 2.5 credits in one term?
Can I take a course if I am missing a prerequisite, or I am in the wrong year level or major?
Normally, the Psychology Department does not waive course prerequisites. Exceptions are made only for courses requiring UU150 (for students who started a Laurier program in 2015/16 or before) or when students have the prerequisite course(s) as transfer credits or equivalent Laurier courses.
If you would like to take a course for which you are missing a prerequisite, or are in the wrong year level or major, you will have to complete the Psychology Override Form (Waterloo). Filling out the form does not guarantee entry into the course.
What do I need to get into graduate school?
That depends on the school. The Canadian Psychological Association provides the requirements for every graduate school in psychology in Canada. Search this document for programs you might be interested in and their requirements, then make sure you are getting those requirements while completing your program here. The Career Centre (on campus) can also help with graduate school.