Psychology (Bachelor of Science)

Get inside the human mind (and earn a science degree at the same time)

A Psychology student at the University of Waterloo

If you have a passion for psychology and a strong scientific orientation, we have the program for you. As it happens, it's one of the top 100 psychology programs worldwide, according to the 2020 Shanghai World University Rankings. And it offers co-op, which is paid work experience, on top of that.

You’ll take a blend of psychology, science, and math courses with an emphasis on research methods and data analysis. In your third and fourth years, you’ll have the chance to work in small groups, get hands-on laboratory training, and work one-on-one with professors.

Your Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Honours Psychology is the perfect launchpad for a career in behavioural neuroscience, forensic psychology, or cognitive psychology — or for a medical career specializing in neurology, psychology, or pediatrics.

#1in Canada for psychology research productivity and impact

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Admission requirements

Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including

  • English (ENG4U) (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Advanced Functions (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Calculus and Vectors (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Two of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Mathematics of Data Management, Physics (Biology, Chemistry, and/or Physics are recommended)

Admission averages: Low 80s

We recommend completing the Admission Information Form once you've applied.

Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements for Life Sciences (which is the entry program for Psychology majors).


How to apply

Apply to Life Sciences and select Psychology as your major at the end of first year. To continue on to second year as a Psychology major, your average in all first-year courses must be at least 60%, your average in first-year Science courses must be at least 60%, and your average in your first-year Psychology courses must be at least at 75%

A student in the Psychology degree program flips through a book with a younger child.

As part of your BSc in Psychology degree, you'll be able to get hands-on experience through research projects

What will you learn?

Programs/majors in the Faculty of Science start right in first year. To select your program with confidence, here’s some handy info to get you started.

Skills you'll develop with this major

  • Communication
  • Research
  • Problem solving
  • Adaptability
  • Data analysis

This isn't an exhaustive list – rather a glimpse into the skills a Psychology major can provide.

Your experience will be unique, and the skills you develop will depend on your goals; which courses you take; and your involvement with any clubs, jobs, or research projects.

Types of courses you'll take

45$ psychology, 5% biology, 5% chemistry, 5% math, 255 science electives, 12% free electives, 3% communications

This is a general guideline. The ratio of courses may change slightly from year to year.


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megaphone icon"The best thing about my program is the variety of courses and the flexibility I have. Co-op has shown me that I don't necessarily have to go into a professional school or pursue a master's degree. My options are a lot more open than I thought they were."Jerika, third-year Psychology student (minor in Biology)

ClickApply to Life Sciences, select Psychology as your major

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CapEarn a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Honours Psychology 



Ready to learn more?

Learn from top researchers

Waterloo’s Department of Psychology is one of the strongest in North America, with an international reputation for excellence in clinical and research programs.

Build an impressive résumé

Enrol in one of our apprenticeship courses, or choose the co-op system of study. Meanwhile, if you opt for an honours thesis in fourth year, you’ll pursue your own scientific research project.