What makes us tick?
If you’ve ever wondered why we do the things we do––how people think, behave and interact with others––then you’ve wondered about the things we study in psychology.
In our program, you'll gain a broad appreciation of psychology, from experimental design and statistical analysis to brain function, language development, learning mechanisms and cognitive processing, as well as psychopathology and treatment, personality and the history of psychology.
PSYO 1011Introduction to Psychology and Neuroscience I: From Neuron to Person
In this class, you'll cover a range of material, including the historical background of the field; research methodology; the neural mechanisms that underlie behaviour; sensory and perceptual processes; states of consciousness; learning; and memory. The class is taught by several different instructors with expertise in the topics covered. Biweekly labs add depth to what you'll learn in lectures.
Prerequisites: Admission to BA or BSc program
PSYO 2000Methods in Experimental Psychology
The class provides a thorough grounding in scientific research methods used by psychologists. Lectures explore analytic procedures commonly employed to investigate human and animal behaviour. Students conduct and analyze in written reports a series of experiments in the laboratory to illustrate important concepts discussed in class.
Notes: Restricted to students registered in Psychology Major or Concentration programs. Students must attend the first lecture session.
Prerequisites: PSYO 1011.03/1012.03 or PSYO 1021.03/1022.03 or SCIE 1501X/Y.27, 1503X/Y.21, 1504X/Y.27, or 1510X/Y.33 (with a grade of B- or better)
Exclusions: NESC 2007.03
PSYO 3225Health Psychology
A study of psychological influences on how people stay healthy and how they respond when they become ill. Using a biopsychosocial model, this class examines topics such as health behaviours and prevention, stress and coping, the patient in treatment settings, and management of chronic and terminal illness.
Prerequisites: PSYO 2000.03 or NESC 2007.03, and PSYO 2220.03
PSYO 3264The Science of Sleep
This class extends the coverage offered in PSYO 1011.03 or 1021.03 and includes material on development, cognition, intelligence, motivation, personality, social behaviour, and psychopathology. The class is taught by one or two different instructors with expertise in the topics covered. This class has no accompanying laboratory/tutorial.
Prerequisites: PSYO 3225.03: Health Psychology