Information for

Psychology Minor

What is Psychology?

The Psychology Minor is a good choice for those who want a general overview of the study of mind and behaviour.

Psychology courses (PSYCH) are available in the following areas:

  • clinical psychology
  • cognitive neuroscience
  • cognitive psychology
  • developmental psychology
  • industrial/organizational psychology
  • social psychology

See courses by area of psychology for further details.

Legend for this website:

  • 1.0 academic units = 2 term courses worth .5 credit weights each.

Application for admission to the Psychology Minor

You should apply for admission to the Psychology Minor in year 2 rather than later years because those officially enrolled in the Psychology Minor can take advantage of reserved space in PSYCH courses (when applicable) and priority on waiting lists for enrolment in PSYCH courses (when applicable).

To apply, submit a Plan Modification Form to the Psychology Undergraduate Office Drop Box.

Location of the Psych Undergraduate Drop Box:

Enter the PAS building from the loading dock area and take the elevator to the third floor. The drop box is a few feet ahead when you exit the elevator at the third floor. Alternatively, enter the PAS building at the second floor from the side of the building closest to the EV2 building, go straight ahead past the Writing Clinic (PAS 2082) to the elevator and stairs, and take the elevator or stairs up one floor. The drop box is a few feet ahead when you exit the elevator or stairs at the third floor.

Admission requirements for the Psychology Minor

All of the following criteria must be met:

  1. satisfactory academic standing in the primary academic plan(s),
  2. successful completion of at least 4.0 academic units (meaning year 2 standing or beyond),
  3. successful completion of PSYCH 101 or PSYCH 101R,
  4. cumulative psychology average of at least 65%.

Faculty level restrictions regarding enrolment in Minors

Check the official restrictions of your home Faculty regarding enrolment in a Minor. Our understanding is as follows:

  1. Faculty of Arts (effective September 2012): Those enrolled in any degree program in the Faculty of Arts (including Three Year Liberal Studies and Four Year Liberal Studies) may pursue a Minor. Check Arts Academic Plans for further details.
  2. Applied Health Science: Those enrolled in degree studies may pursue a Minor
  3. Engineering:Those enrolled in degree studies may pursue a Minor.
  4. Environment:Those enrolled in any Honours plan may pursue a Minor. Others may not pursue a Minor.
  5. Mathematics: Those enrolled in degree studies other than Three Year General Math may pursue a Minor.
  6. Science: Those enrolled in Optometry or Pharmacy may not pursue a Minor. Those in other degree plans may pursue a Minor.

Requirements for the Psychology Minor

The official statement of requirements is in the undergraduate calendar. The information on this website is supplementary. It is your responsibility to ascertain that all requirements for graduation have been met (see note regarding student responsibility).

Psych minor downloadable checklist (PDF)

Residency requirements for the Psychology Minor

Double counting restrictions:

  1. If PSYCH courses are needed for another program (e.g., Social Development Studies Major or Minor), see the double counting restrictions in the Undergraduate calendar and consult with each of your academic advisors.
  2. Triple counting' is not allowed under any circumstances. This means that a single PSYCH course cannot be used to satisfy PSYCH course requirements in more than 2 programs (e.g., Major and two Minors).
  3. The number of overall courses required for the degree is dictated by the Faculty level requirements for the degree (e.g., Faculty of Arts) not the requirements at the academic plan level (e.g., Major or Minor).  Nothing, including 'double counting' of courses between academic plans, can reduce the overall number of courses required for the degree.

Tips and resources

Are the final grades for courses that are cross-listed with psychology courses included in my cumulative psychology average? (see FAQ)

Psychology courses (e.g., availability, content, solutions to course enrolment problems, etc.)

Access to Psychology courses

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Contact a Psychology Advisor

Last updated: March 10, 2016